Necessity is the mother of invention.
So I was making meatballs yesterday in my favorite apron (I made the meatballs, and Adam made the spaghetti and garlic bread — good deal, I think!). I’ve made meatballs twice before this summer, and I always have problems with cooking them evenly on all sides. It’s difficult to brown the meatballs evenly in the skillet, so I end up burning parts so I can cook the meat all the way through (being a biologist, E. coli make me nervous)… bad news. So after making a few and having the same problem, I had a Flash of Genius.
I shaped the meat into a cube and stuck it in the pan. Then I shaped the next one and stuck it in the pan, then rotated the first one to a second face. Since I make the meatcubes in batches of six, the first cube was browned on all sides by the time I put in the last one… and since I’m (slightly) OCD, I lined them up in the order I put them into the pan. Voila — perfectly cooked meatcubes. I amaze even myself sometimes.
And now for some answers —
Archana wrote: “hello. My name is Archana and i have always wanted to attend MIT. I would like to take up medicine,perfabely in the area of pedatrics and i would like to know if and when i apply to MIT doea MIT provide programs for me to take up medicine and hopefully apply to medical school”
Definitely! A lot of people at MIT (about 10%, I’ve heard!) consider themselves to be on a premedical track. Many of them are biology majors, although I know of a few chemistry majors, chemical engineering majors, physics majors, brain/cognitive science majors, and others who are also planning to apply to medical school. Medical schools don’t really care what you major in as an undergraduate, so long as you take the premed requirements (most of which you’d already take as MIT requirements). About 82% of MIT undergrads who apply to medical school are accepted somewhere (data can be found here. Hope that helps!
Go wrote: “Hi, Dr.Mollie. [Editorial note: Heh.] If you would be so kind, would you please answer my questions? How many biology classes did you take for a semester? For overall, how many credits did you take for a semester? I heard some people dropped out some classes at the end of a semester because they took too many classes at the beginning. How many credits are appropriate not to drop out a class?”
I think I’ve generally taken 2 or 3 biology classes per semester for each of the last several semesters. Overall, I’ve taken either 60 or 75 units per semester for the last several terms — but I should emphasize that this is because I’m a double major and is not a normal (or suggested!) courseload. Lots of people sign up for more classes than they plan to complete, then drop as many as they need to, which is easy because classes can be dropped without penalty until the last two or three weeks of the semester. Most people take about 48 units per semester (4 classes); you’re pretty much expected to take at least 32 units per semester (2+ classes), or else you’re considered to be taking a light load.