Getty Center: A Typical Day… At the Zoo?

When asked what a typical day looks like here at the Getty events department, I’m not really sure how to answer. There are some days where I work the regular 9am-5pm schedule, with meetings and a lunch break, that we’ve all experienced (or at least heard of, thanks to the inimitable Dolly Parton). However, last week my “typical day” looked like hopping in a lyft with some of my coworkers and heading to the Los Angeles Zoo! [Read more…]

Week 2: Preparing for the Counter Terrorism Senior Executive Seminar

This summer, I am interning at the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies, or the NESA Center for short. The NESA Center is a Department of Defense regional center geared toward international security cooperation in the Near East and South Asia (NESA). The NESA Center builds international security cooperation through programs grounded open communication in an academic environment. Program participants include defense professionals, diplomats, academics, and government and non-government stakeholders from the NESA region and elsewhere. Currently, the program NESA is hosting is the bi-annual Counter Terrorism Senior Executive Seminar. The specific topic for this seminar is “After ISIS? Major Regional and Non-Regional Actors’ Approach to Countering Violent Extremism.” In essence, the conference is focused on the future, more underground direction that ISIS is likely to take now that the Caliphate has been mainly defeated in Iraq and Syria, and how to counter it. As an intern providing support for the program, I am performing traditional intern tasks, such as making coffee and cleaning the conference rooms. I am also responsible for taking notes and taking photographs during presentations and discussions in order to create a comprehensive executive summary after the conference is over. I also am getting a chance to practice my Arabic language through conversations with the seminar participants, who are from all over the Middle East. The conference has covered all sorts of fascinating topics such as the future direction of ISIS, the issue of returning foreign fighters, the issue of radicalization in prisons, and the difficulties that accompany prosecuting returning foreign fighters in the courtroom.

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Starting my independent project

This week, I have started my first trial of my independent project. As a reminder, I am trying to determine if pseudophosphatase, MK-STYX is reducing stress granule formation via the autophagy (cell recycling pathway). To tackle this question, I have to culture mammalian cells, transfect the cells with the different DNA plasmid conditions,  induce and inhibit the autophagy pathway via pharmaceutical drugs, fix the cells, and examine the cells under the fluorescence microscope.  This week I am starting my first trial of my experiment looking at the results of added no drug and the autophagy inhibitor drug. Thus far, I have cultured and transfected mammalian cells with my different DNA plasmid conditions. Later in the week, I will add autophagy inhibitor drug, fix the cells, and examine the cells using fluorescence microscopy. I am excited to see preliminary results of this experiment.

Kuala Lumpur Week 3: The Eid Celebration Continues

This week hasn’t been the least eventful and exciting out of all of the weeks I’ve been in Kuala Lumpur. I did not get to explore the Kuala Lumpur did week because I have been busy studying for my LSAT. I did, however, get more comfortable with my internship and took a lot more initiative. I was able to relocate my desk from the back to the front area where I could intern with more students and meet a lot more people. This change allowed me to learn about both local and international students’ perspective on Malaysia. I also learned some of the local slangs mainstream culture that is quite different from the United States’. Speaking with these students, I also learned a lot about the politics of Malaysia; specifically, the controversial corruption of the former prime minister Sri Haji Mohammad Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak and his wife, Seri Hajah Rosmah binti Mansor.

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