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End of Summer

Thursday, August 4, 2011

 

Hey guys!

Sorry I've taken so long to post again, I really underestimated how much summer would mess with my internal schedule! 

The end of the summer brings with it lots of hectic-ness and excitement. At the lab, I'm wrapping up what I've been working on over the summer. Part of my research grant involves presenting my research, so about 2 weeks ago I gave a presentation to other students who did research this summer. I think it went pretty well, and some of the other research was really cool. I'd summarize mine here, but it's pretty technical, and would take at least a page to be very general. But one student did research on barnswallow mating habits, specifically on how different tails and songs affect mating success. It seemed pretty cool, but he said they usually worked from 2 AM to 10 AM, and personally, I like my hours of 10 AM to 5 PM much better. Now, my next step is to apply for a different grant so I can continue working in the lab during the school year. It's been so cool doing research in the lab. It's much less structured than lab classes that are pretty straightforward. Also, I get much more feedback from the professors and graduate students I work with. All in all, it's been a great experience that I'd like to continue.

Also involved with the end of the summer and the beginning of the fall is moving. I get to move out of my apartment on the hill to my new fraternity house, which is about 3 blocks away. 3 blocks, in case you're wondering, is almost too short to drive, but way too far to carry furniture. This new house is going to be awesome though. It's a nice 8 room house, so there will be lots of activity, all the time. Like any college guys, we've been brainstorming our downstairs man cave, our souped-up WiFi (we can get better rates on fast internet because we have so many people who are paying in), and our free CraigsList furniture. I'm only sad that I won't be around as much during the first week I'm there, due to Marching Band camp. I am, however, excited that I have a short, 5 minute (maximum) downhill bike ride to class. This past year, if I wanted to bike ride, it was a good half mile or more, mostly uphill, which is fun coming home, but horrible to ride up. 

Stay tuned for my (more frequent!) updates during the year! 

 

Mike
Biochemistry, Atmospheric/Oceanic Studies (ATOC) minor • Austin, Texas