Time to Discover Amanda Olivo Hometown: Garden City, NY Columbia College Major: Biochemistry
Wake up and head to Dodge Fitness Center for a workout.
Grab a sandwich with my lab mate Corey at Milano Deli on 113th Street before meeting. (Hands down best sandwiches in the area).
Ribosome team weekly meeting with Professor Virginia Cornish and Professor Ruben Gonzalez for an update on the project.
Molecular Biology with Professor Ron Prywes; excited to finally be covering the translational machinery in class.
10:15 am 11:00 am Next stop: Cornish lab in the Northwest Corner Building to check data from previous day’s experiment on Damino acid tRNA pairing effects in the ribosome. Progressing on an independent project started last summer in preparation for first author publication.
4:00 pm Off to the MoMA to see the new Tim Burton exhibit with a friend.
Quick cookie and tea break with suitemates.
9:00 pm 10:30 pm
Reading Descartes’ Meditations on First Philosophy for paper I’m working on.
Walk over to Hamilton Deli to get my usual egg and cheese and an iced coffee for breakfast; as chit-chat with Steve the owner for a few minutes.
Columbia Community Outreach meeting to plan the university’s largest annual day of service (approximately 1,000 volunteers). I am the co-coordinator.
6:00 pm Time for a class called “Ignorance,” with Professor Stuart Firestein, Chair of the Department of Biology. (It’s anything but: He invites professors to speak on ideas they wonder about and question in their own fields.) Guest lecturer this week is Professor Eitan Grinspun of Columbia’s Department of Computer Science, who talks about his Hollywood animation work. He provided some breakthrough techniques for Disney on Tangled. 31
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