Sunday, December 21, 2008

Fourth Semester Calendar - Better Link

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Physics II

Nanotechnology II

Nanotechnology 1



Interpersonal Communication




Physics I

by the way, you can click in the pictures to make them bigger

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Gingerbread Houses

The school always have some totally unrelated activities going on. Previous week they had an exposition of gingerbread houses. I took some pictures.

I guess the idea is to create a happy environment [who knows?]. I have seen the "free popcorn and pizza day," another day they had people playing Guitar Hero and watching movies in the middle of the cafeteria, there was a guy singing "Guantanamera" with super loud speaker (that was actually hilarious), I also saw people performing dances from other culture without any explanation of why they were doing that - not that they need an explanation to dance; I just thought that maybe there was a purpose to dance. I don't know. Maybe they are just happy.

Poor trees

After three semesters, you will have read that much. Those are all papers that I got from the classes; each folder is one class. I will select one random paper per day from each folder and post it here.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Winter vs. Summer

Winter vs. Summer

Notice that the cars are in the same position.
You have to read the very first post to understand why I'm posting this.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Have you heard about Nanosota?

Howard Lovy, "freelance technology/business editor and writer" mentioned our blog in his blog.
If you visit his blog, don't forget to chek out the nanobama.

Third Semester Calendar

If you have google calendar, just click in the "+ Google Calendar" button to add these events to yours calendar.
Disregard the rowing, cedar park elementary school, and 3m events because they are not part of the program.

4th Semester Capstone Calendar - Spring 2009

These are the classes for the last semester (spring 2009); thus, disregard the fact that you see classes scheduled for this month.

Because they scheduled classes in one day OR other day, you can see that many classes have their hours overlapping.

We should confirm our schedule at

To know what books we will need, go to:

Prior to take the class MT 3141 Principles and Applications of Biotechnology Laboratory (before the first Tuesday of the first week of class) , we will have to complete the online safety training modules: Introduction to Research Safety and Chemical Safety at

We all have to pay the tuition in full (~$4,853 if full-time) before January 24.

Volunteering at Rochester STEM

Aqueous Ferrofluid

Mine didn't spike. :-(

The little secret to make it spike is to put the magnet not too close to the fluid; it works better when the magnet is half an inch away from the solution.

Can you multitask?

I know I didn't post anything in the last two weeks, but I have a reasonable explanation for that.

This is what I had to do last week: 5 lab reports, read 2 manuals, revise two essays, write a 6 pages argument essay, two problems sets for nanoelectronics, take-home test for nanoelectronics, 3 reports about companies and conferences I went, take-home test + homework for quality class, 1 paper critique for biotechnology, problems for material science.

I also had to return some books to the county library and renew a book at my school, do laundry, wash dishes, do groceries, prepare food for the week, wash the bathroom (actually I have to do all kinds of unpleasant chores in my home), talk with my family in South America, prepare something to present to the elementary school students, and now I have to fix my car because it just started to make a squealing noise.

That was one week ago; now I have to do many more things.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Even More Pictures

They were trying to see the wavelength absorbance of cadmium selenide quantum dot nanoparticles synthesized with different cooling times. The two metal discs are sample holders for the Ubi Hysitron nanoindenter.
To make sure that he is not able to see quantum dots, John always does a visual check.

More Lab Pictures

I took this picture from the corner of our lab. What a handsome person. The displacement vs load graph is visible on the computer screen.

I guess I should be helping them at that moment.

I tried to do the DCTC indents again, but this time the result was more random; my expectations were high after one hour and thirteen minutes indenting.