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Careers in Science 

July 18, 2009

College Countdown

One of the benefits of being a CiS intern is having the opportunity to go and explore possible college choices. This year during spring break, interns visited college campuses throughout Northern California such as UC Berkley, UC Santa Cruz, Stanford, San Francisco State University, University of San Francisco, Mills College, UC Davis, Dominican University, CSU Eastbay, and Saint Mary’s College.
Learning about UC Berkeley's buildings

Learning about UC Berkeley's buildings

During the tours, interns were led by student guides around the campus, dorms, and lecture halls. At USF, interns also visited the library—complete with computers, couches, and tables—as well as a glimpse of class rooms, study halls, and the fitness center which included a gym and fairly large swimming pool. At the end of the tour, interns were able to experience first hand what it is like to eat in a dining hall.

Touring at Dominican University

Touring at Dominican University

Interns also learned about a wide range of majors available in college as well as information on office hours offered by professors. The information interns received from the college tours helped give interns an idea about what kind of college they want to attend while taking in consideration the college campus, student diversity, extracurricular activities, and majors offered.

The college tours enabled interns to get a glimpse of life in higher education. We got to tour campuses, eat in dining halls, and see dorms, class rooms and lecture halls. As we visited each school, we asked many questions about academic offerings and student life on campus. The experience gave us insight into how fun yet challenging and rewarding college can be.

Receiving a tour of UC Davis from a former intern

Receiving a tour of UC Davis from a former intern

Filed under: Uncategorized — CiS Interns @ 2:04 pm

July 8, 2009

Spiny dogfish shark dissections!

During the month of March, interns had special trainings about the processes of science. We were taught about the external morphology of the spiny dogfish shark (Squalus acanthias) by Careers in Science Manager, Eric Godoy. These trainings were really cool. It was our first time in the lab and the dissections and observations we were conducting made me feel like a real scientist.
Eric talking about science

Eric talking about science

The Spiny Dogfish is a bottom-dwelling shark that may be found in temperate waters close to shores worldwide. It feeds on smaller fish, octopus, squid, crabs and jellyfish and becomes sexually mature between six to twelve years old. Before starting the lab, we were split into pairs and used various tools to learn about the exterior of the shark. We learned that it has pectoral fins, which help it swim more efficiently. The Dogfish also has spiracles, which are these very small openings that force water across their gills allowing them to remain stationary at the bottom of the ocean. The lateral line, which is common in most sharks, allows the Dogfish to feel vibrations and detect its prey. We were taught about the various planes and directional terms of the Spiny Dogfish. At plain sight, not a lot of physical characteristics can be seen but when an in depth look is taken, many of the small details come to life. You could actually see the spine of the Dogfish along its back!

The following week, Dr. John McCosker, Academy Sr. Scientist and Chair of Aquatic Biology and Dr. Meg Burke, Director of Education, taught us about the inside of the Spiny Dogfish as we dissected (cutting into) the shark. Intern Nicolette Ng made a startling discovery, “I opened up the dogfish’s stomach and inside I found a smaller fish compacted into the same shape as the stomach!”

The idea that people make these kinds of discoveries everyday as marine biologists is very interesting. It provides us with a first hand experience of what breakthroughs we could be a part of when we have a career in science. These trainings were very exciting to me because I have never dissected a shark before. Being a biologist seems like it would be a rewarding career due to the fact that you are able to discover something new everyday!

Yoni and Dina taking measurements

Yoni and Dina taking measurements

Filed under: Conducting Science — CiS Interns @ 3:03 pm

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