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Unformatted text preview: Jacob Zipperstein Date : February 17, 2009 Day : Tuesday Location: UCSF Beckman Vision center Start Time: 6:00 am End Time: 9:00 pm Total Time: 15 hours Observation The day started out just like any other day. I woke up, showered, and ate some breakfast. The only alteration from my usually morning schedule was that all this occurred while it was still dark outside. 4:30 in the freezing cold morning was when I regrettably agreed to get picked up from the scientist I was shadowing, Julie Schnapf. Just a quick note, I am not a morning person. To top it all off, I only got four hours of sleep that night because I was so anxious of making a good impression on the scientist for whom my grade depended on. We left in her car towards the UCSF Beckman Vision center were she currently works. Throughout the whole drive, she kept introducing me to new topics revolving around Rods and Cones. She and her partner were going to do an experiment that day to try and locate blue cones within a monkey eyeball. Unfortunately, I was focusing all of my attention to keep my heavy eyelids open during her lecture. That is the extent to which I remember the car ride. Luckily, it didn’t matter that much because she never responded to any of my questions with an angry, “I already told you that in the car.” We arrived at the Beckman Vision center where she told me to wait outside while she went and got me a visitor pass. Her request sounded reasonable at the time until she returned about 45 minutes later confessing that she accidentally forgot I was with her. “Wow” I thought “nothing says I’m ready to teach you about neuroscience like being forgotten outside the lab.” She showed me inside the building and we walked straight to her lab. I doubt she even considered giving me a tour of the building. I thought it wasn’t important, and I respected her decision for not showing me around because I knew she was a busy woman. We entered her lab and she told me that we were waiting for her partner, Jan, (pronounced Yawn) to arrive from UC Davis with the monkey eyeball. She said that she needed to check a few things to make sure that the equipment was ready for the eyeball and told me I could follower her if I wanted. Not knowing what else to do, I quietly trailed behind her. We entered an adjacent room to the lab where a lone table stood. On the table was a device that would heat the solution that the eyeball soaked in. The device was a Styrofoam cylinder connected to an electronic chip which controlled the heat temperature. It wasn’t a minute into her touching of the devise that the electronic chip fell to the floor and broke. “Shit. Fuckers.” she said under her breath. A little scared of what might happen next, I stepped back a little towards the door. When she noticed my hesitation, she apologized for her behavior and told me that they had one extra electronic chip left. So, after checking up on the equipment, we returned to the main room of the lab. While she was sitting doing some paper work, I asked, “What kind of solution will lab....
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This note was uploaded on 02/23/2010 for the course ENGLISH 1011 taught by Professor Thompson during the Spring '07 term at University of California, Berkeley.
- Spring '07