Week #7 Report

During this week, I continued my research on the chemical changes of biomass burning aerosol due to photolysis. And for this week’s post, I would like to introduce a sample with interesting chemical changes that I investigated.The mass spectra and elemental analysis for the sample is shown in the following two pictures.

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Week 2

My second week in the Philippines was just as exciting as my first. Regarding my internship, I started observing another team within PHEIRL, the Microbial Source Tracking (MST) team. I teamed up with Ate Nikki and Ate Ashley and worked on a major contaminant in the Philippines, E. coli. Specifically, I helped determine the source of E. coli in major water sources in the Philippines. Water has become very scarce resource within the Philippines because the major bodies of water have been contaminated with numerous pollutants. People within the Philippines, especially those of the lower class, are forced to drink from the contaminated bodies of water. Not only this, but the cost of purchasable water bottles are expensive. In addition, in order to conserve costs, low quality restaurants do not filter their water and end up serving complimentary water with contaminants, one contaminant being E.coli that I have been studying. E. coli bacteria normally live in the intestines of healthy people and animals. Most varieties of E. coli are harmless or cause relatively brief diarrhea. few particularly nasty strains, such as E. coli O157:H7, can cause severe abdominal cramps, bloody diarrhea and vomiting. The MST team has been studying fecal samples of humans in Laguna Philippines as well as other fecal samples from poultry, pork, and beef to determine where exactly E.Coli comes from. 

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Week 6 of RAM Operations

Hello all! It has been a busy couple of weeks. The last clinic of the summer is coming up and we are all very excited as we prepare for our journey to Brownsville; Laredo; San Juan; and Mission,  Texas.

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Ravensbrück: Week 2

This week I traveled to DC to conduct research at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Throughout my time in the archives, I examined administrative documents recovered from Ravensbrück after liberation, records from post-war trials, and various personal collections. Because I had a limited amount of time in the archives, I scanned some of the collections onto a USB drive so that I can examine the sources throughout the remainder of the summer.

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Week V update- Biology pictionary

I now have a stable project to work on for the rest of the summer. I just need to come up with a name for it then Biology pictionary.

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