John is officially done with the first year of school. We still don't know how he did on his last test- I am just glad he is done. I can already tell that he is a little less tense. I have to be a little reserved though because even though he is done with one year there are many, many more to go. The other big news of the weekend came from the NationalStudent Research Forum John participated in this weekend. He did a poster presentation of his work from his rotation last summer with Dr. Barral. This is one of the pictures from his poster. He drew this structure using some computer program for bioinformatics. I am not sure what it is, and John made it sound like it was too complicated to explain in the blog .... Probably it is a model of the protein chaperone, Hsp 90 The process go like this... He stands by his poster for a couple of hours while experts in the field of Neuroscience come around and ask him questions on his project. They ask how to prove further his hypotheses, how to improve his work and next steps, and check to see that he understands his project. Then they grade him on his knowledge and the actually poster format and presentation. I think it would be nerve wrecking!
Anyway, the long and the short of it is that he is graded and compared with other people in his field and then compared with everyone in every subject overall. He did very well- taking home the second place prize of everyone in the competition. Here he is with his award at the awards banquet. It is really good because he was up against over 250 applicants from several different countries. Can you tell I am proud?
In other news, we are moving this weekend to the new house. Yippee. We are so excited to get out of the apartment. Moving to the city is bad enough, but then having hundreds of next door neighbors makes it worse. We have been slowly packing for the weekend, regardless it could be stressful for me because I have two tests this week and two finals next week.