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Melis A. '08

Aug 6 2014

Cue the montage music

Posted in: Miscellaneous

Ten years ago when I was a high school senior, a long-haired friendly guy by the name of Matt McGann visited my poster at the Intel Science Talent Search public session and gave me an MIT frisbee. A year later, he offered me a blog and the task of writing about my life at MIT and the research endeavors of my fellow undergrads. Today, little seems to have changed, as I am still (sort of, I’ll explain) in school at MIT, doing research, and enjoying this view from my lab on a daily basis:

Campus aficionados will recognize Building 46, which houses MIT's Brain and Cognitive Science department, and the little dome barely visible behind it. Before you begin to question why it has taken me so long to finish my Bachelors, let me assure you that I graduated with a MechE/BME degree in 2008. I have chosen to stay at MIT to do the longest graduate program possible, the MD-PhD, because, well, I love this place! I’m entering the 6th year of my program, meaning I’ve finished the first two... read the post »


Jan 2 2009

What’s new?

Posted in: Academics & Research

Happy New Year, everyone! As much as I loved the MIT gym, I don’t want my last entry on the MIT Admissions website to be about the Z Center. So I am following Mollie’s lead and posting an update on my life after MIT, or should I say my hiatus from MIT (I will be returning to the joint Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology program to get an MD-PhD.) For those of you who are "new" to the blogs, I graduated in June 2008 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering with Biomedical Engineering (Course 2A). After spending a summer traveling with friends and working at the NIH, I packed up my bags and skipped across the pond to Oxford University in England. I am reading for a Masters degree in Integrated Immunology and enjoying my time at a university that is very, very different from our beloved Institute. These differences are too numerous to cover in this blog entry, but I’ll try to touch on some of the surprising/quirky ones.

1) Accommodations

What does “new” mean to you? The MIT dorm... read the post »

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Jun 11 2008

Beat the heat in the Z Center

Posted in: Life & Culture

This morning I went for a miserably hot run along a busy road by my house and I decided that I really missed the Charles River and the Zesiger Center. A few of you were curious about the facilities, so I thought I'd post some pictures. Plus, you can use the Z Center for free during the school year and you're likely to have gym classes here, so why not get familiar with it.

Note: I had taken these on a Sunday morning before the gym filled up, to avoid being spotted and identified as the creepy girl who is taking pictures of sweaty people for future blackmail purposes. It's usually more crowded...but as long as you don't go between 4-6pm you won't have to wait for a machine.

A view from outside (it's distorted...sorry, the panoramic feature on my camera doesn't always cooperate):

A dark view of the lobby:

Walk up the stairs from another entrance, and you enter the first of two exercise floors. There are cubbies on the right to put your stuff, and two locker rooms downstairs:

... read the post »

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Jun 7 2008

The end, my friend

Posted in: Academics & Research, Life & Culture

June 2008 seemed an eternity away when I first arrived on MIT's campus. But lo and behold, yesterday I received my diploma. This won't be a sappy reflective entry (that will come later!) Instead, I wanted to share some pictures that I took throughout my graduation experience yesterday. Despite the rain showers and wet feet, it was wonderful. I'm glad that I don't have to leave this place for long...

Friday June 6, 2008 began in the indoor track. All graduates (undergrads, Masters, and PhDs) were told to report to the gym between 7:45 and 8:15 am. With 2,335 graduates, there was a well-organized system where we reported to a station in order to be lined up properly for the precession (first by school (e.g. Engineering and Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences), then by major (Course 1, then 2, then 6, etc.) then by last name (alphabetically.)) There was free breakfast but the line was ridiculous.

At 7:45 am (most people hadn't arrived yet):

We are, we are, we are, we are, we are,... read the post »

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May 31 2008

Prof. Jeff Karp and his gecko-inspired band-aid

Posted in: MIT Facts, Academics & Research

Update on 8/19/2008: Prof. Jeff Karp has been recognized as one of Technology Review's Top 35 Innovators Under 35 for 2008.

The metallic blue hue of morpho butterflies, the super water-resistant Lotus leaf, the highly maneuverable fins of the Bluegill sunfish: all of these natural wonders have inspired scientists to innovate. When a group of MIT researchers wanted to create the next and best surgical band-aid, they turned their attention to the gecko.

Geckos can scale smooth walls at a whopping three feet per second, and in last decade scientists have begun to understand how these little lizards can defy gravity. It turns out that gecko feet have millions of little projections, called setae, that split into hundreds of projections shaped like spatulas. Each of these tips can attach to smooth surfaces by taking advantage of intermolecular forces, which are individually relatively weak and unstable but can combine to generate enough force to allow a gecko to hang upside-down from... read the post »

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