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Time for summer research

A whole weekend of summer vacation? Sweet!…. Seriously though, I already start work tomorrow? I feel like I just got out of my last final. My summer research project is in a chemistry lab at Caltech. The project is to

Posted in 2010-2011, EUREKA

Was it worth it?

Doing research can be insanely frustrating and undergraduate research is no exception.  Our lack of a complete formal education and hefty course load makes undertaking a research project that much harder. I know I have struggled with dedicating 10 or more

Posted in 2010-2011, EUREKA

Epic Fail

Since last summer I have been obsessed with building my own parametric array speaker: a highly directional loudspeaker in which sound can only be heard in the path of the acoustic beam (see holosonics.com for an example of this). After

Posted in 2010-2011, EUREKA

Mole-pocalypse

Don’t ask me how I came across this paper… Apparently blind mole rats can use the  geomagnetic  forces from the earth’s magnetic field to orient themselves in their completely dark underground environment. The study involved taking 30 or so mole rats

Posted in 2010-2011, EUREKA

Lab Gremlin

There is a gremlin in our lab. Every time I start a process that takes more than one day to complete, something goes horribly wrong over night. The most recent disaster happened when I put some samples in the water

Posted in 2010-2011, EUREKA

Anonymous and Operation Payback

Everybody has heard of the recent news story regarding Julian Assange and Wikileaks. But what I found more interesting was the underground, decentralized network of hackers, “Anonymous,” that is fighting back against the perceived injustices done to Assange. Operation Payback targets major

Posted in 2010-2011, EUREKA

The Coolest Thing I’ve Read in a While

Doing research on DNA nano structures has inspired me to explore the current developments of the field in order to gain a broader understanding of the direction and capabilities of using DNA for nanotechnology. One article I came across, “A proximity-based programmable

Posted in 2010-2011, EUREKA

Explosions

There comes a time in every researchers life when something explodes. That time came for me last week in the worst possible situation. My game plan was to pop into the lab, mix a few chemicals, and get out before

Posted in 2010-2011, EUREKA

DNA nanostructures

My current research goal working with Professor Fygenson in the physics department is to study the structural properties of DNA nanostructures. Our ultimate goal is to gain fundamental knowledge about different types of DNA building blocks such as tubes, ribbons,

Posted in 2010-2011, EUREKA
Student Contributors
Alex Iteen is a second year student majoring in Biology. He is interested in bioengineering and synthetic biology. He is currently working in Dr. Fygenson's lab on DNA nanotubes.
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David Wallace is a third year student majoring in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology. He is currently working in Professor Weimbs's lab studying the pathogenic mechanisms of Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease (ADPKD).
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Eneida Chesnut is a senior majoring in chemical engineering. She transferred from SBCC, where she studied chemistry. She works with organic materials for solar cells and is very interested in renewable energy research.
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Erzsebet is a second year chemical engineering major. She is interested in biotechnology and biophysics, and is working in Professor David Awschalom's lab investigating how cephalopod skin responds to different types of stimulation by light.
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Madison Cornwell is a second year student majoring in Biochemistry and Spanish. She is a EUREKA intern through the California NanoSystems Institute and the Resident Assistant of the Women in Science and Technology House in Manzanita Village. She will be working closely with Dr. Kosik and graduate student Israel Hernandez for the remainder of her time at UCSB.
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