Week 1: Learning Lao

I once read an article about what it is like to have a job that involves traveling constantly and to countries where English is not the first spoken language or even the third. The author argued that if the people you work with speak English, instead of spending time learning the language in an attempt to connect with your foreign coworkers, you should spend that time actually forming relationships using the language you both know. He found that he was able to learn more about the culture and create connections with his coworkers quicker than if he had tried to learn their language first.

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Week #2: TiO2 Control Experiments

This second week of research, I have been continuing with control experiments. I have been working to confirm whether our slides are truly coated with a TiO2 film under scans of our samples. We have been looking at Eosin-Y dye on TiO2 films, but still need to ensure that the scans we are taking are indicative of EY on TiO2 rather than just plain glass. To accomplish this, I prepared a new aliquot of TiO2 from the original bottle. I then used this aliquot to prepare a batch of TiO2 and blank glass for sintering in the oven. The TiO2 is spincoated onto base bathed glass slides. We then sinter the batch of slides in a muffle furnace to rid the slides of impurities. With this, we take the slides and then spincoat our desired dye, in our case, EY onto the slides. This was done with EY at 1×10^-6M concentration, a high enough concentration for us to notice a significant difference between EY on glass and EY on TiO2. With this, we expect to have a consistent method to confirm whether our batches have TiO2 on them. As far as differences in the scans of EY on glass vs. TiO2, we expect to see less fluorescence and decreased photon counts with the TiO2, as it is a metal substrate that offers an alternative pathway, for the electrons to transfer onto the TiO2 substrate.

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Research Week 2 Snapshot

During the second week of my research with Professor Obasanjo, things went a lot better than the first week communication-wise. We were able to meet twice during the week where we discussed a few different assignments that would keep me busy for the next week or so. I also gained a better understanding for how the research that I am doing fits into answering the whole research question.

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Second Week

Here I will summarize the second week of my study concerning mercury and corticosterone in wrens:

Monday-Wednesday

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