Monday, July 1, 2013
Renee Renn - Week #1
This summer I am working at Oregon State University (OSU) with Jim McManus and Brian Haley. I will be studying the chemistry of marine sediments. I have already been introduced to the lab that I will be spending most of the summer in. It is a clean room lab which means that we work very hard to not introduce germs from the outside into this lab. It also means that I must change my shoes, wear a lab coat and a hat.
For the summer I will mainly be working in the lab. Later on this summer I will have the opportunity to go to sea for ten days to collect core samples off the coast of Oregon. (More to come on this later!) After we return from sea, I will get the chance to process samples from the start to finish of the process. Currently I am working on samples that have already been through some on the testing, and I am sort of jumping into a middle step. Also, in the lab I will get to learn how to use a Multicollector Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer (MC-ICPMS), which is an instrument that measures isotopic ratios that are used in geochemistry, geochronology, and cosmochemistry.
So far this has been a great and enlightening experience. There is a lot of amazing research and research teams here at OSU, and I certainly feel honored to be apart of this summer experience working along side some highly educated and passionate individuals.