Friday, July 31, 2009

The poster session

The poster session finished. Frankly speaking, it's a little bit disappointing.

Each of us has spent at least 2 or 3 days on this poster. It took me nearly a whole week to do this: from designing to finally having it printed out. Dr. Sension's group have also devoted much time to help me and Kaitlin to finish our poster in case of any slightly mistakes.

However, the result turns out to be not so satisfying.

I was in the second group which started the time when the first finished. I walked around and asked some questions during the first group's presentation time. When it was my time, seldom did any people come. There are several reasons: first, there weren't so many faculty members Notre Dame University taking part in this session, most of them were students; second, I was doing research on physical chemistry which has less attractive molecular structures and more boring mathematics compared with organic chemistry, which made some people just quietly pass over my poster and fix their eyes on other more visual posters; third, I was arranged at a place in the middle of nowhere, it took some efforts to find me.

Anyway, it was worse than expected. How I wish I could have an opportunity to do an oral presentation! But I didn't...

But, after all, it's finished. My research should be carried on and my GRE should start. Heavy burden...

Wednesday, July 29, 2009


I don't know if there are other ways out. My GRE test...

Right after my spending the remaining 3 weeks, I will go back to take the GRE writing test. I have prepared so little that I am afraid.

I'm freaked out! Help!

Friday, July 24, 2009

I'm happy being here doing research

I'm happy being here, enjoying the research work. To summarise what I'm doing, I'm playing with maths, physics, computer programming to achieve a chemistry goal. What a great fun!

Earlier I have already used optics to understand the experiment, used C language to learn to use matlab, used linear algebra to do data analysis. Today I used another tool, ordinary differential equations, to solve some kinetics problem after we assumed a model. (I helped in working out the equation dy/dx+p(x)y=f(x)).

Before, Many many many students claimed that physics, programming, and even some math were useless. Now, I'm using my example to argue it's not that case. If I had never learnt that, how could achieve this in these day's work?

It's really a feeling of achievement. Keep studying, treating everything with full devotion. One day we may use the seemingly useless thing!

I'm really happy here doing research work.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Watching the Eclipse online

All the China has just seen a solar eclipse from 8:00 to 11:00 (Beijing time). The Yangtze River valley was lucky enough to experience a total one. I feel it was a pity not being able to watch it through my eyes.

What I could do is just sit in front of my laptop, watching the CCTV and QQLIVE, waiting anxiously the moment when the sun was totally covered by the moon.

There were many cities in which different observation stations were built up. Fortunately, most of them were not bothered by the thick clouds. So I saw many unique scenes in different places such as Rikaze, Chengdu, Chongqing, Wuhan, Anqing, Tongling, Hangzhou, Tianhuangping, Shanghai and Zhoushan.

It was really awesome when the last part of the sun was eaten by the moon. At that time, the edge of the moon reflected some of the light emitted by the sun so that a bright spot would appear, which looked like a silver ring given to the moon by the sun.

In my hometown, there was also a partial solar eclipse. I saw some of the pictures uploaded by my fellow high school classmates.

It is said that in the year 2035, Beijing will experience another solar eclipse. I hope that I will then be in Beijing and the weather will be fine enough to appreciate the splendid astronomical phenomenon.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Yes log

I: I got my deposit card today.
Bev: Oh, you got your debit card.
I: Yes, the debit card.

So cold...

I'm right here in the library, UM's undergraduate library. I can feel nothing but cold now.

It has been bothering me when I started to study in the lab in Chem Building. The air conditioner has such a strong power that I cannot stand. I had to pull on the only long-sleeve clothes I have taken with me. But it's dirty now... I didn't wear it, so I'm frozen.

It has something to do with type of people. The white people often feel it's just ok wearing T-shirt under such a temperature, while we Chinese students are complaining that we haven't brought enough clothes.

Next time when I'm in the library, I will put on my thicker clothes, however dirty they are...

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Shopping at Kroger

A small shopping at Kroger took me 2 hours. Is it worthwhile?

Buses here are quite different from those in China. They will travel according to a schedule that has been made previously. We may need to wait for an hour to get on a bus. So, it's quite an accident to miss one.

I think the population accounts for the difference. In Beijing or some other cities in China, you may expect another bus full of people even if the provious one has just left for not a few minutes. But here, though only one bus in an hour, you can still find that over half of the seats are empty. China has a large population, more buses are necessary.

So, in this, I like China better. Inspite of the crowdness in bus and the frequent traffic jam, I can go wherever I like without waiting at the bus stop worrying about whether I can get on a bus. Maybe next time, I should plan my shopping trip before I set off.