Monthly Archives: February 2011


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

Winter Part III

The start of a new experiment can be an exciting and nerve racking time.  When working with RNA molecules, there is a substantial amount of prep work that comes into play before an experiment can even be run.  You begin

Posted in 2010-2011, EUREKA

Hello all, sorry I’m not feeling particularly creative at the moment. Yet again it seems like time is slipping by way too fast, and with the prospect of spending more time in the lab I know it’s just going to

Posted in 2010-2011, EUREKA

Going Home

Sometimes the college student misses the simplicity of a home cooked meal, the comfort of your mom’s routine how-was-your-day, bickering and giggling siblings in the next room, and the sound of your dad snoring after a long hard day at

Posted in 2010-2011, EUREKA

Midterms are over! Hallelujah! With 4 midterms in the past week and a half, I have done nothing but study study study. To add to that, I began to get sick on Thursday night, which lasted throughout the weekend and

Posted in 2010-2011, EUREKA

Setbacks and Midterms

Since my last post things have gotten quite crazy.  Not only have I had 5 midterms in the last three weeks but I can not seem to get a simple experiment going in the lab.  What I want to do

Posted in 2010-2011

Charter Schools and the Lottery

I watched a documentary called “The Lottery”. It was very similar to the book I read by Paul Tough, except it made me a lot sadder. Reading about children not getting a proper education and their parents being frustrated is

Posted in 2010-2011, McNair Scholars
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