Poco a poco

Today marks the beginning of my third week in Mexico. When I came here two weeks ago, my bank PIN was rebelling, I was haphazardly thinking in three languages (English, Spanish, and Chinese), and I had a touch of altitude sickness. Within 48 hours of starting the job, my colleagues, Emily and Clay, and I put together a three-part geocoding training session in Spanish and then delivered it throughout the course of the week. We then read evaluations and improved the training program for our next session, which will be held a few weeks from now.

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Week 1 in Friday Harbor

Hello! I just finished my first week at the University of Washington’s Friday Harbor Labs with my professor, Dr. Allen. Since I’m not at William and Mary for the summer where our lab is already set up, we had to spend the first few days here setting up our lab space and making sure we had all of the equipment we needed, including seastars which we collected off of the dock as well as from other researchers who had found some. Unfortunately, some of the boxes we shipped had some transit problems so we weren’t able to finish setting up the lab until Thursday. It wasn’t too big of a problem, though, and Friday we were able to start the first trial of blastomere separations in Evasterias, a seastar with relatively small eggs.

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About Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM)

“Rome wasn’t built in one day.” – AFM took me much longer than a day to learn. (Actually I believe there is not a single microscopy allows a fast pass.) Thanks to my professor, Dr. Schniepp, and his graduate students, Sean and Laura, I am finally able to scan samples independently, as well as process images. But I am still at the stage of building up my experience.

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