Well, hello lonely blog. I haven't been around much to update you these past few months. You see, I've been quite busy getting my feet wet here at OU! There is much to share!
Firstly, I've made it through a full quarter of classes successfully. I've learned a great deal, and I can't wait to finish the anatomy series of courses, which continues from fall into the winter and spring quarters. The training here is superb. If I EVER told you that I knew something about anatomy before coming here, it was a lie.
I am now enrolled in the Thorax/Abdomen/Pelvis&Perineum portion of the anatomy coursework. We have lab two to three times a week, during which I work with a group of three capable med students. We have become quite comfortable working together and with cadaver dissection in general. Hands-on training is a staple for the OUCOM, and I am very grateful to have the opportunity to partake!
I am also enrolled in a combined undergraduate/graduate course - Animal Behavior. It's a fantastic class, and I learn something new every time I'm in it. I love how it synthesizes neuroanatomy/physiology with endocrinology and environmental cues to probe specific behaviors. I'm glad I am taking after having Neuroanatomy in the fall. I feel I can better appreciate the neurological basis for the majority of AB research out there now.
Secondly, I have been reading up on Stegosaur endocasts, the neuroanatomy and physiology of archosaurs, and the like to prepare for an oral presentation at the Northeastern/North-Central regional meeting of the Geological Society of America (March 20-22). Here's a link to the session. If you have a chance to look it over, you'll see several folks from Witmerlab and Burpee included in the session as well. Can't wait!
Third, being part of the Witmerlab feels a lot like being a youngling in Master Yoda's computer assemblage course. No longer am I afraid to open up a PC to play with the silicon innards! Can you find the following in a PC?: Power Supply, RAM, video/audio cards, hard drive, motherboard, processor, heat sink/fan? Yeah, you probably can. But the point is, SO CAN I!! :)
Lastly, GO BEARS! It's a bit lonely for a Chi-town girl here in Steelers/Jets country. Shout out to all my peeps back home. Send the PACK BACK!
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