Month: June 2016

Jinja reminds me of home!

Being 3,000 miles away from the United States, I thought I would have terrible cultural shock and feel completely out of place. However, throughout the day I find myself thinking how much I feel like I am home in Oklahoma. Experiencing Jinja has been an amazing experience. The people are openly friendly, the dirt is …

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Adjusting to work!

This past week has flown by so quickly being immersed in another culture. Everyday is packed with a learning experience not just culturally, but work related too. I have attended numerous training sessions on TB, HIV, VHT ( Village Health teams), and HIV adolescents adherence. I have participated in the monthly vaccine delivery check in, …

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Week 3

This week was pretty exciting Kevin and I got to do a lot of new work.  Monday we dissected venom ducts from the species Conus regularis and Conus mahogani to get a sample to be used in the lab later for the conotoxin project.  We have been purifying similar venom samples and characterizing them to …

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Week 2 Mexico

Academically and socially, Ensenada has been eye opening. In the lab, I have started working on my project of testing the antinoceiptive properties of venom from different species of cone snails. We have extracted the venom, purified it through HPLC, and are getting ready to test the venom on live mice models. Our lab mates …

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Tororo Town

This past week was my first full week spent alone in my health district–Tororo. I hit the ground running and immediately became part of the TASO family. TASO, or The AIDS Service Organization, is an NGO (non-governmental organization) dedicated to providing counseling and medical services to those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. I was placed under …

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2. Arrival

The 11 hour flight from ORD to AMM was not too bad (presumably due to my consuming meclizine and doxylamine in an effort to reduce motion sickness), with the exception of sitting in a “middle” seat, with the person to my left apparently unfamiliar with deodorant usage, and a shrill screaming child nearby whose mother …

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Week 1: Cultural Immersion

While my other fellows have described the experience and beauty of Taiwan, I would rather write about the practicalities of traveling to Taiwan. First and foremost, the weather in Taiwan is hot and humid in addition to frequent rainfalls. I would recommend wearing light clothing because you will sweat. However, those that want to be …

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