Sep 6, 2006
First day of school
Posted in: Academics & Research
Remember what the first day of school was like in elementary school? At least for me, I would be so excited that I could barely sleep the night before. My clothes were laid out for me, my lunch would be packed, my backpack would be loaded with paper and colored pencils, and IТƒфd just be so excited to be a (fill in the blank here) grader. Things have changed a bit, though not as much as you would think. In preparation for the new school year, I saw V for Vendetta last night at the LSC (MITТƒфs very own film series) and afterwards slept like a rock. This morning, I woke up with excitement about class, but by now I know the drill so I was free from anxiety.
This semester is pretty unique for me. I am studying Course 2A, which means that I am taking the core Mechanical Engineering classes (Course 2) and filling in the rest of my schedule with classes in my concentrations, which are Pre-medicine and Biomedical Engineering. For the first time, IТƒфm not taking any Course 2 classes, except I guess Thermodynamics of Biomolecular Systems is listed as both a Biological Engineering (BE.110) and Mechanical Engineering (2.772) class. IТƒфm hoping to have time to get involved with some new activities and continue some old ones.
So hereТƒфs what IТƒфm taking so far:
BE.110: Thermodynamics of Biomolecular Systems
-Robert Field (a Chemistry professor that studies the motion of polyatomic molecules)
-Linda Griffith (a Biological Engineering and Mechanical Engineering professor who studies tissue engineering and happens to be BryanТƒфs UROP Supervisor), and
-Kim Hamad-Schifferli (also a Biological Engineering and Mechanical Engineering professor who studies controlling biological machines among other things, and also happens to be my advisor.)
The first half of the class meets with a Chemistry class called Thermodynamics and Kinetics and covers basic thermodynamic principles. Later in the course, we are going to study nonideal solutions, polymers, electrolyte solutions, thermodynamics of DNA hybridization, cooperativity, and self-assembly.
5.13: Organic Chemistry II
-Timothy Jamison (a Chemistry professor who studies new methods for organic synthesis)
-Kimberly Berkowski (a Chemistry professor who also taught 5.12 (Organic Chemistry I))
This class focuses on experimental techniques that allow a scientist to take a sample of a substance and figure out the structure of the organic molecule and also teaches more about advanced chemical concepts involved with organic reactions.
9.01: Intro to Neuroscience
-Mark Bear (a Neuroscience professor whose research on synapses in the hippocampus and visual cortex might help scientists to understand mental retardation, autism, and AlzheimerТƒфs disease)
-Sebastian Seung (a professor of Computational Neuroscience who studies neural networks in the brain)
An introduction to the mammalian nervous system and neuroscience research at MIT. WeТƒфll be learning about the structure of neurons, how we see, hear, move, feel, sleep, pay attention, and remember things!
21W.778: Science Journalism
This class meets Tuesday nights, so I havenТƒфt had it yet. Once I do, IТƒфll provide a description =)
Voila! ThatТƒфs my schedule, unless I add one more class, which I am contemplatingТƒґ
In other news, I moved into a new dorm over the weekend. I am now a resident of Baker House and so far itТƒфs very convenient and nice. Our room has a great river view again and I canТƒфt complain about itТƒфs proximity to campus. I will miss Next House, though I think it was time for a change.
Unfortunately, my computer does not agree with BakerТƒфs wireless internet. I brought my laptop from home and kept getting the ominous Blue Screen of Death. For two days, I talked for hours with Dell representatives, but to no avail. On Tuesday, I took my computer to Information Services and Technology (the on-campus computer help desk), and of course my computer worked there. ItТƒфs just like when you go to the doctor and magically feel better, and consequently canТƒфt tell the doctor what hurts! They ran a bunch of diagnostics and found that there was nothing wrong with my hard drive or my memory. Later, I deduced that the problem lies in the wireless internet, so now I just canТƒфt use wireless in Baker. But, afterall, Ethernet cables arenТƒфt so bad, so I donТƒфt mind.
Anyway, how did everyoneТƒфs first day of school go? (perhaps some of you are well into your first weeks of school)
(cartoon from here)