I have a handful of pictures I had been meaning to post just for fun, but they didn’t really seem to fit in with anything… so now they fit in together as a post of irrelevant, unrelated pictures.
First up - a collection of photos taken with a wildlife cam in the woods at my house. We have 25 acres of woods, and since we moved there less than a year ago my parents thought it would be useful to find out what kinds of things were roaming around. The camera clicks a picture every 30 seconds. My dad said that you’d only get one shot of most animals because the camera shutter would scare them off before the next picture was taken. Clearly deer don’t really care…
Here’s a picture that’s not all that important, but kind of pretty! Rainbow wells from an assay I did that measures the amount of hydroxyproline in the sample. Hydroxyproline is an amino acid variant (not one of the common 20 amino acids) that is frequently found in collagen. We can hydrolyze our scaffold samples and determine the amount of collagen present, which could indicate that we were able to create a construct that shows similarities to the extracellular matrix of native cartilage. The rainbow rows are the standard curve that increases in hydroxyproline concentration from 0ug/mL to 20ug/mL.
So many tubes….. and this is only half of them! I labeled lots of tubes on the day we harvested scaffolds. It took the entire day to cut the 28-day-old, 8mm diameter samples into smaller pieces and aliquot them for characterization.
This is my grandmother’s “ferocious” little doggie, Lucy. She looks less-than-formidible next to the sign…
Getting milkshakes at Smashburger with Amy and Nadia :)
…….aaaaand a teaser from next blog post!
Only a week left of my SURF in Houston - then I’m headed back to Pasadena for soccer preseason!
Almost a year ago now, I was just about to start my first Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) at JPL. NASA had sent out an email to all of their summer interns containing a social media template to announce that we had been selected as NASA interns. Excited to show my NASA pride, I posted it on my Instagram story, unaware of what would come out of this small action.
Hey hey! We’re starting a series where I walk you through my best finds for food and drinks in the Pasadena region, and in the LA metropolitan area. Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, if you will (although, for copyright reasons we can’t call it that). As you explore your college options, I firmly believe that food and location are more important than your high school guidance counselor may lead you to believe. And I’m here to share my best finds from my time at Caltech with you.
Over the past several months, I have had the opportunity to intern at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) under the mentorship of senior research technologist Dr. Xiaoqing Pi. Dr. Pi’s guidance and mentorship has been instrumental to the development and success of my internship at JPL, where I use machine-learning to enhance the accuracy and integrity of navigation and communication signals. In addition to helping me develop an understanding of atmospheric and ionospheric remote sensing and machine-learning, Dr. Pi has often offered his insights on how to improve my researching skills. Dr. Pi was generous enough to take the time to answer a few questions regarding his research and advice for future student interns. I believe many students can benefit from some of the lessons that he has taught me:
The transition period to remote learning was a very uncertain time, especially for research and the Caltech Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) program. Many hands-on projects had to pivot at the last minute to facilitate off-campus contributions. However, many Techers were able to take advantage of the research opportunities offered at Caltech and JPL to make the best out of remote learning and research. To paint a picture, I’ve interviewed a few talented Techers for some insight on what researching from home looks like for them.