Friday, August 20, 2010

All good things come to an end...

I think that my presentation went pretty well today. After the presentation I went to the machine shop to do some machining with the ME kids who have helped us on our project from the beginning. I am sad that my time as an intern at RIT is over. This was one of the greatest experiences that I have ever had. I am so thankful that this happened to me and I got to have this adventure. I am going to miss the lab and working there everyday. It was always fun and we laughed and had a good time even if things were frusterating with work. I am going to miss everything about not working there anymore. It is going to feel so weird Monday waking up and going to cross country practice instead of work. The only thing I will not miss is writing these stupid blogs. MarĂ­a (if you're reading this I hope you noticed that I put the accent on the "i" haha) was the best adviser I could have had and it was a pleasure doing work for her and with her. I would love to come back and check in on further research that is going on in the lab. Although she ruined my sculpture, she is a great person.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

The practice presentations went pretty good. I am sad that this is all coming to an end. This has been a great experience.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

What happened was we got our pulser/receiver back half way through the day. We didn't get the biofilm again because of course it didn't grow in the way that we needed it to. So we decided to scan some salt like substance in a dish instead because I need an image for my presentation with the 50mhz transducer. I wish this whole process wasn't so difficult but it is. It is what it is.


So I have decided to double up on my blogs since I haven't been doing so good with them at the end of last week. I figured it would be a great treat for all of you active blog readers out there. Today we need to get a 50 mhz transducer image no matter if it is a biofilm or what for my presentation. We are supposedly getting the biofilm finally today I hope, this thing hasn't grown in a couple of tries and it is a little frustrating. We also need our Pulser/Receiver back! Hopefully all goes well today and I will keep you updated! This adventure is coming to an end and I am very sad about that because I have enjoyed my time here.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Today was a slow day. Cleaned the and filled up the tank. Of course the biofilms still didn't grow. Then half way through the day our pulser receiver was taken away to U of R. We cant do anything until we get that back later tomorrow. Oh well.
It has been very quiet around the lab without Maria here. She went to Mexico. The Biofilm that we were supposed to get yesterday didnt work out too well so we should be getting one this morning. hopefully we can run some 50 mhz transducer tests on it and get some good results. I am looking forward to that.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Listened to undergrads speak about innovations most of the day. I found most of the presentations very interesting.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

I've been working on my presentation lately. We characterized the 50mhz transducer and we did some scans of the biofilm with the 30mhz transducer yesterday. We could see some scatter from the biofilm on our C-Scan. That made us pretty happy. The 50mhz transducer is one big monster! My modern art collapsed today. Oh well. It was cool while it lasted.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

We are mastering our software. It is more efficient and easy to use. Hopefully we get our first biofilm tomorrow. I can't wait!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Today was a great day until some mean lady from the RIT News came in to take photos. She expected us to be taking action shots. Well we don't run all over our lab in between data samples so I don't know what she was looking for. Also it took me five times to spell out my name before she understood how to write it down... Umm... intelligent. haha. If you're going to be coming in to a lab demanding weird action shots, do your research. Know what the lab is used for. We do ultrasounds. What a joke that was!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Today was a pretty good day. I Went to talk to a computer engineer guy to see how it would be like to major in that. That was pretty cool. I like computers and i am leaning towards majoring in computer engineering. the fire alarm went off. What a joke that was. Firemen come look inside and tell us its all clear.

Monday, August 2, 2010

I worked on my final presentation for most of the morning. In the afternoon we did another monster raster scan 120 by 120 since what we got before didn't look anything like what we wanted it to. "whos to be done master raster" best scan folder name by far.
400 by 400 raster scan that sounds like a great idea. Wait maybe 300 by 300... No this is going to take too long. okay 300 by 100... The scan is still running. I hope it all works itself out over the weekend.

Friday, July 30, 2010

We have been moving along at a pretty quick rate. Ever since the software was complete we have been pounding out scans and have images and files everywhere. We are now running out of things to scan and make images of. We need the biologist to grow us our biofilms so that we can finally start our actual project. I can't wait for that. Also I added an addition to my most prized modern art creation. Anyone is welcome to come to the Biomedical Imaging Lab to check it out at any time. It has received comments such as impressive and dangerous. It is a must see.
Today I ran a whole bunch of scans of O Rings with saran wrap on them and one with silicon. We wanted to see if we could see the difference between the flat surface and the rough surface from the images and we could so that was pretty productive. Now we need to figure out exactly how to analyse this data. Naming the file names for the tests was the best part. The name of the day was "The O-Ringer no silicon 3000" Also i have been getting complaints about how short my blogs were so I decided that i would make this one a tad bit longer for all of you who want to sit around and read this nonsense. Think about it, the part that you are reading now has nothing to do with anything and all the important part you have already read. I am just saving your time and making it straight to the point. So in making my short and sweet blogs I was thinking about you the reader, trying to save you as much time as possible in your busy lives.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Collected lots and lots of data. Found faster ways to do it. Also in the meantime I defrosted the freezer which had huge ice chunks in it and I made a modern art masterpiece.

Monday, July 26, 2010

I created a waterfall this morning... that was a mess but today was productive. Lots of solid data was collected and we are moving right along. We are in business!

Friday, July 23, 2010

After long hours and lots of hard work the software is complete. Now it is time for data collection! Also for all you clowns who don't like how I don't capitalize or use correct punctuation in most of my blogs, this one was for you.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

it would be lovely if we didnt have phantom errors in our software. the error we have right now makes no sense to anyone.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Went to the U of R today on a field trip with the rest of the interns. Learned some cool new factoids but the best part by far was the fire alarm going off... first the fire alarm rings and then starts yelling at us... WARNING WARNING GET TO THE NEAREST EXIT. DO NOT USE THE ELEVATOR. SOMEONE HAS REPORTED AN EMERGENCY. so then we get outside after like 10 minutes a firetruck pulls up. these two fire fighters come jumping out with their axes out like theyre just going to bust down a door or something. the fire fighters walk in. stand in the middle of this 6 floor building, take a look around and come out and says its all safe, you can go back in. haha this made my day.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Went to U of R to do some testing in their lab. we didnt get any good data but oh well. science takes patience.

Monday, July 19, 2010

trying to fix a problem with the code to our computer program. We need a super computer haha.

Friday, July 16, 2010

doing some practice tests to see how long it is going to take to collect the data with certian samples.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

fun day. finishing the program. running a huge scan over night... i hope it works.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

JML Optical was awesome. now i know what the poor glass has to go through to become a lens. and also i think subs are delicious.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Doing some experiments before we can start collecting the data. we are almost there. i am excited for it to be all set up.

Monday, July 12, 2010

today was a good day. we are getting closer and closer to being able to collect a lot of data. also silicone does not take three hours to dry. it was still wet by the end of the day. haha

Friday, July 9, 2010

today was an exciting day... well except for me forgetting my ID but i guess that just adds to the excitement. i went over to the U of R where there was a huge lab for the project that we were doing. usually the equipment doesnt work so well and they always have problems but today went really well and they said it has been the most productive day in weeks. i like to think that i am the good luck charm.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

today was a great day. i got to learn how programs were going to be used in the project and i got to work on them myself. i also had alot of fun giving myself ultrasounds. i am excited to get more in depth in this project.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Today was great when i walked in a room with PCs. So pumped I get to work with them and not the stupid Macs. met some cool people who were writing computer codes for the project. it was a fun and productive day.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

First Day

Today was very fun, the scavenger hunt was intense and my group was awesome. Today seemed to be perfect until it was ruined by a room full of Macs. I am a PC... along with everyone else in my group. The Mac killed our movie and our group no longer liked each other. haha At least we had a good time making fun of Macs for a couple of hours. The video clips were still hilarious. Moral of the story... buy a PC.