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Week 6.5 Lab Meeting

November 15, 2010 Leave a comment

Last week, we did not get to have our lab meeting, as it was postponed till today. I presented the pharmaceutical selection process I have been going through. I am pleased to say that today was one of the most involved I have seen my supervisors in my (or any of the other students’) projects. They seemed interested in what I was saying, they asked questions and gave suggestions and opinions. I will certainly take these into account and look forward to the next step in my work. Most of the students complain about these meetings, as they think that they are held too often. I think that later on I will feel the same way. However at the start of the project, this is exactly what I need. It makes you work from week to week, and it means that you do not have to schedule a meeting every time, and have to request meetings each time you take a baby step. In addition it gets your supervisors (or most of them at least), together, which would be next to impossible otherwise.

I also got good news at the meeting. I should have been going up to Belfast for a Network meeting for the ATWARM project on Thursday. However they asked whether we would be available to go up a day earlier, to attend a meeting being held the day before by QUESTOR. I obviously said yes, so tomorrow afternoon (we go the day before so we can be there at 9am) I will be making my way to Belfast. I will be going up with a couple of people from the lab, who need to attend the QUESTOR meeting, so even better I will not take the bus on my own. Rather I will be going up by car.

Will update you on the meeting later on, once it is over 🙂

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Meeting my Supervisor at QUB

October 21, 2010 2 comments

Yesterday the long awaited day came. I made the trek (Ok 2 bus rides and a walk) to Belfast from Dublin to meet my supervisor at Queen’s University Belfast. His name is Dr. Luc Rock and his expertise lies in stable isotope measurements and the use of nitrogen and oxygen isotopes  for nitrate source determination.

The meeting went quite well. We discussed quite a number of factors related to my project. We discussed what has been done in the area, where the gaps of knowledge are and his vision for the project. He is quite open to what I would want to do and he seems to be willing to take the project wherever my vision takes it (hmmm…do I have a vision?). I also got a chance to discuss with him some aspects of nitrate isotopes, which I found to be quite helpful. After our meeting we went to the lab where he showed me the different equipment they have available and their specific uses.

I am glad I made the effort to go and visit him and had the opportunity to discuss with him aspects of my project. Although he did not give any concrete answers to what I should or should not do, I now know what his vision is, and what his expectations of the project are. I can see that he is a truly nice person and he is interested in this subject.

I will now meet him again in about 1 months time. So I will see how that goes. However I am still excited about the project. Cannot wait to figure out what I will exactly be doing. However experienced sources in the area said that I will probably never have an answer to that.