Do you ever feel like your life is moving at the speed of sound? Well, the last two weeks or so has been just that for me. My summer was definitely fun but also took patient. Now, everything seems to be happening at once. This is not a bad thing because I function at my best when my plate is full! Call me crazy but seeing my calendar look like two rainbows got busy on top of it just adds to whatever motivation I have at that time.
With that said, here a few new items of mine for you to ponder upon…
|The NQAD instrument|
Last week was culmination of a few weeks working with a Sales Rep for a new instrument in our lab. The NQAD for HPLC (Nano Quantity Analyte Detector for High Performance Liquid Chromatography) will hopefully allow our lab group to measure micro and nano quanitities within our projects. Well, I arranged for the rep to come give a presentation and assist with the installation of this new instrument. The overall installation process was almost a complete failure. The hardware works fine, but the software needed to actually gather data has been a real pain in my butt to say the least. It has been a week since the rep was here and it is still a work in progress. But, I learned a lot about research through the process. I really appreciated that the sales rep, who is an analytical chemist not an actual sales person, took the time to know me and offer advice for a young graduate student. I learned that as long as you have a passion for what you are doing, the rest will fall into place regardless of where you think it may or may not be going. Not to mention I got a free lunch out of it (thanks again)!
Last Monday marked the beginning of yet another school year here at Purdue University. Here are my observations. The freshman look so young that I keep thinking there might be a middle school field trip on campus. Parking on campus remains to be a complete disaster. And I find myself laughing at people as they walk around campus (chasing busses, being in the wrong classroom, yelling at Robbie Hummel, etc). Even though those things seem to be all negative, I really do enjoy that everyone is back on campus because of the closeness of Purdue (see this link if you need to know what I am talking about).
Since the school year has started that means call-outs and club meetings have begun again. I am a part of the student chapter of AAPS (American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists) here at Purdue. This year I have been “elected” as the President Elect. Essentially we have a President, Vice President, and President Elect and each year the Vice moves up to President, and the Elect moves up to Vice. I believe that setup is used for consistency within the club. Anyway, my one outlined role in the club right now is to make sure the bulletin board is up to date and looks good. And I thought I had finished with bulletin boards after my Res Life days!?
|Counter as of Friday (8/26/11)|
Lastly, the Purdue starting QB, Rob Henry, tore his ACL at practice this week. I just want it to be known that I have not torn my ACL yet but I will be taking extra precautions as I train for the Tough Mudder Competition schedule for November. That being said, anyone associated with Purdue should immediately begin wearing knee braces on both legs to be safe!