Rock saws, epoxy, and stereonets: Creating a baseline to work with

The learning curves for this project haven proven to be steep this first week, but not nearly as steep as the grungy desert outcrop surface I had to scramble up to collect my samples in the first place.  The past 5 days in research have brought me face to face with a number of techniques and methods I’ve encountered in the literature over the past semester in preparation for this project, but am just now putting to use. A great deal of time this past week has been spent prepping my samples, while also familiarizing myself with the processes and practicing my methods.

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Electrocatalysts Week 1

Exciting and tiring are the two words I can use to describe the first two weeks of research. I can say that forty-hour weeks are filled with much more work than I initially believed. Despite the number of things that need to be completed, I honestly believe that the other eight people doing research in the same lab help vary the days through group lunches, lab music, and goofy conversations. I feel very fortunate to be working with such a great group of people.

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Week 1: Modeling and Canoeing

I began my summer research on June 3rd, returning to the Quantitative Biology Lab tucked in a back corner of the ISC’s second floor.  Unlike most of the other biology and chemistry labs on this floor, here you won’t find any vials full of chemicals, Bunsen burners, or lab mice.  Instead, it’s a lab full of computers where we design mathematical models, and couches where we gather for group discussions.  I spent most of my research hours this week in the lab, making adjustments to the diamondback terrapin population model that I was working on during the past school year.

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