Saturday, June 27, 2015By:
This week… hmm, I experienced my rite of passage into the research world. It took two days to prepare our dummy substrate--- exfoliate, characterize, take pictures, counter exfoliate, clean, characterize again, take pictures, counter exfoliate again, characterize once more, and clean again --- for it to be shattered to pieces within seconds before our transfer! For a more thorough explanation about our lab adventures please refer to Teresa’s blog, you will enjoy it. It has definitely been a fun learning experience nonetheless, we learned along the way that there were more factors at play that needed to be considered. We embraced the disasters and approached the process in a more systematic way, changing a few parameters here and there. We hope to test out two more possibilities next week before we completely move on to a different transfer approach. We just have to keep moving forward.
Aside the lab mishaps, I have been pretty active this week. I did a fair amount of walking/dancing this week. On Monday, I attended the Bachata dance classes at Cafe Citron. On Wednesday, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival celebrating Peru commenced and I went to see afro-peruvian singer Eva Ayllón. Her music was beautiful, it was the light of the night bringing everyone to their feet to dance. On Friday, I went down to the festival once more and after eating Pollo a la Brasa and drinking Inca Kola, I visited the monuments once more ending my journey at Martin Luther King’s Memorial.