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Job Shadow Logs - Jacob Zipperstein Date Day Tuesday...

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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 Quakers Oatmeal. 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 to be precise. This was the hour that 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 monkeys 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.
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“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. 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 follow 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 would soak in. The device was a Styrofoam cylinder connected to an electronic chip which controlled the temperature of the solution. It wasn’t a minute into her touching the devise when the electronic chip fell to the floor and smashed into a few pieces. “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 rest of 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 be going into that cylinder to help keep the eyeball warm?” She told me that
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