Monthly Archives: April 2011

Time, Time, Time

See what’s become of me 🙂 … Simon and Garfunkel? I might be singing to the wrong crowd here. But oh heavens, the time is slipping by! I remember at the start of this quarter I was thinking “Oh, 14.5

Posted in 2010-2011, EUREKA

What a Week!

In my last post I mentioned that I am going to be working with a graduate student mentor on a project rather than on an individual assignment. I still haven’t been able to meet up with the graduate student or

Posted in 2010-2011, EUREKA

Experiment: Round 2

The experiment Paul and I have been working on finally worked!  This was exciting, but the data was very disappointing.  We were testing an idea that we hoped would shed some light on how this type of DNA nanotube forms

Posted in 2010-2011


I am so proud of myself. Yesterday I completed a draft of my literature review. I read a few articles about the achievement gap and setting students up for success instead of failure. I did not realize that I could

Posted in 2010-2011, McNair Scholars

A new direction

I had been thinking about my research and the direction it was going. It wasn’t really headed towards what I had hope for; I have been independently and the research seemed to be going very slowly. I talked to my

Posted in 2010-2011, EUREKA

Ah-ha Moments

“Sun’s gettin’ shinery, to spotlight the finery, Spring, Spring, Spring.” – from my all-time favorite musical, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. How I love Spring Quarter (and corny old-fashioned musicals) The rest of this blog will be research focused, I am

Posted in 2010-2011, EUREKA

Spring is in the Air

Hello everyone, and welcome back for Spring Quarter! I don’t know about you, but I am absolutely-positively-for-lack-of-a-better-word, stoked for the upcoming quarter. I had a lovely, albeit rainy, break back home in Lodi, and now with the sunshine and warm weather

Posted in 2010-2011, EUREKA
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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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