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The Office Space of a Thinker

Inside the work space of Mark Hoefer, mathematician and meditator.

2013 was good to Dr. Mark Hoefer.

The assistant professor of mathematics won a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, one of the nation’s top honors for young faculty, and co-authored a paper that appeared in the top-­flight journal Science. The paper details the development of a magnetic soliton — a nano­-sized, spinning droplet first theorized 35 years ago. These solitons have implications for the creation of magnetic, spin­-based computers.