August 2015 Blog Posts (21)

This Weekend Remix Part Two, New Swedish Album Drops

This weekend has been phenomenal and I am just warming up. I have finally been able to experience Stockholm in the tourist ways and I am hooked.

The weekend started with a tour of the Konserthuset which hosts the Nobel Prize Ceremony each year on December 10th. There are six categories that the Swedish Royalty hand out: physiology/medicine, chemistry, physics, literature, economic science, and peace. The fund was started by Alfred Nobel in 1895 and has since been awarded to…


Added by Carly Tyer on August 30, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Nematodes, Ice Cream, and Sunsets

Today we toured the Stockholm University labs of one of our mentors. The main focus of this lab was on flies (Drosophila Melanogaster) and nematodes (Caenorhabditis Elegans). I found myself to be more interested in these organisms than I would have imagined. I usually try to surround myself with the cute and fluffy stuff, and neither of these came close to that description. Both of these creatures are model organisms and used very often for general science experiments. In the…


Added by Carly Tyer on August 29, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Stock-Home, Sweden

I have arrived in Sweden and am writing this from the back of a hostel boat with a beautiful view of the city. The wind is blowing and the boat is swaying. It took a while to get here, and this is the story.

I walked with my suitcase through the airport and it soon brought me to the conclusion that Sacramento Airport security is mediocre compared to the thorough security of London. I never thought of myself to look slightly shifty, but I have begun to rethink this evaluation. Going…


Added by Carly Tyer on August 25, 2015 at 12:20pm — No Comments

Day 21: Love at first site in the city of beautiful people, places, and things...

Friday was our last day in Cambridge which came waaaaay too fast. I felt like I left a little of my heart there because it the perfect city for me and I really didn’t want to leave yet. There was so much more for us to do, I could have easily stayed for another 2 weeks. I really hope that I built bridges during my stay that will lead me back there sometime in the future. It’s a fantastic school and overall just great atmosphere that anyone lucky enough to study there will never want to study…


Added by Petra Dahms on August 23, 2015 at 8:47am — No Comments

Came-bridge and Gone


Today consisted of a tour of the Sanger Institute and Laboratory. The building is named after Frederick Sanger, who invented dideoxy sequencing and revealed the chemical analysis of insulin, winning himself two Nobel Prizes. The laboratory was state of the art and geared for the highest high tech research there is. This single institute sequenced one-third of the human genome for the Human Genome Project. It is now working toward sequencing 100,000 patient’s genomes from…


Added by Carly Tyer on August 22, 2015 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Day 19: Catching Up

So it’s been a while since I last wrote. I feel like I keep saying that but this time, it’s like really true. This last week has been so busy with studying for a midterm this Friday, taking small day trips here and there, and just trying to enjoy Cambridge for the last few days I’m here. It’s been an adventure, and I’m really disappointed it’s coming to an end, even if I do get to go to the supposedly amazing city of Stockholm.

The day after I last wrote was Friday, and basically that…


Added by Petra Dahms on August 19, 2015 at 4:46pm — No Comments

Day 13: California is in a drought; London is definitely not

As the days go by and class is getting more intense, it’s hard to try to keep up with the world outside of this program. And so, even though I’ve basically given up on this ‘every day’ blog, my new goal is to write at least every other day, just so I can try to have more time to enjoy myself, but also so I can have more things to write about when I actually do write.

Yesterday and today were two totally different experiences and so much has gone on that it’s all very exciting and also…


Added by Petra Dahms on August 19, 2015 at 4:44pm — No Comments

Day 11: Finding Motivation

I really can’t believe it’s already been 11 days.

Time keeps going by too fast, and even though I’m trying to enjoy it all, I’m learning that 4 weeks for a class is really intense. It feels like it’s been nonstop for the past 3 days because, well, it basically has been.

These first few days have been split up in almost the same way: breakfast, class, tea break(!), class, lunch, class, tea and coffee break, and then tutoring/”free” time. That “free” time is basically time to try…


Added by Petra Dahms on August 19, 2015 at 4:41pm — No Comments

This Weekend- I Can't Feel My Face Remix

This weekend was literally so much fun that I couldn’t feel my face (reference to the hit new song that is out now by The Weekend.)

1)      Friday night consisted of a social gathering with Cambridge graduate students from all different areas of study. Being told to dress formal automatically made the night ten times more fun. As per the Cambridge tradition, we met on the Clare Bridge for photo opportunities. (This college really has their life together to have a set time for photos.)…


Added by Carly Tyer on August 17, 2015 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Rainy Day in the Citay

It was drizzling and gloomy outside. There is a paint color at Color Me Mine called London Fog and it is the perfect shade of grey. Last time I was in London there was a heat wave and I feel like this is the first time I captured the true essence of the city. Rain changes every sensory detail in London from the smell to the sounds. The city noises became rain falling in the collecting puddles, water under the car ‘tyer’s and thunder booming. And wow, it really messes up my hair. I was about…


Added by Carly Tyer on August 13, 2015 at 3:58pm — No Comments

Day of the Museums

Today’s excursion consisted of an outing to the science museums in the Cambridge area. I will share the highlights and not bore you with the details since I was collecting information to write a paper on later. The first stop was the Whipple Museum of the History of Science, aka the hipster antique shop of history. I have a secret/not so secret passion for astronomy and all things constellations that this museum really filled inside me. You enter the museum to a 1910 refracting telescope…


Added by Carly Tyer on August 13, 2015 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Day 6: Bio in Real Life

Today’s highlight was a tour of the University of Cambridge’s Sainsbury Laboratory, on the forefront of research and design. We were met by the peppiest English receptionist who immediately lightened up the day. She showed us into a room with a long grandiose meeting table where we would here a talk from a lab leader on epigenetics with methylation and transposons. Epigenetics is the study of different expressions of the same piece of DNA without changing the sequence of nucleotides.…


Added by Carly Tyer on August 11, 2015 at 4:32pm — No Comments

The First and Second Day of School

Sunday was the first day of school and I couldn’t have been more excited to dive into this material. The first day covered the basics of DNA replication, and our professor casually mentioned how she, “chit-chatted” with James Watson. *sigh* Every girls dream. (She really sets the bar high.)

After our first lecture, we had the day free to explore. Lunch was again eaten at the best comedy club in Cambridge, A.K.A The Cam River and The Punters. Wow, that could really be the name of a…


Added by Carly Tyer on August 10, 2015 at 4:03pm — No Comments

Day 9: Sight Hunting and Tourists' Punting

Today was our first day of classes here at Cambridge. We started with a basic overview of genetics and went over some topics that we very fundamental to the rest of the course. Although it was mostly simple, it was so interesting to finally be learning what I’ve been waiting to learn these last 2 years. It was quite embarrassing actually: about an hour into class I got this overwhelming feeling of gratefulness to be sitting in this small room looking out a window into the large courtyard at…


Added by Petra Dahms on August 9, 2015 at 4:02pm — No Comments

Day 3

The day started with a historical science based walking tour. We learned that the college is where the students live and the university is where they are taught and laboratories held. Cambridge now has 31 colleges that are a part of the University of Cambridge and Cambridge has been the fuel behind 32 Nobel Peace Prizes. The tour started with interesting information on Darwin, the well know biologist and author of The Origin of Species; 1) science was only a hobby and he went to…


Added by Carly Tyer on August 9, 2015 at 3:39pm — No Comments

Day 2 in Cambridge

Day 2

Today I made the trek through the peaceful English country side to Cambridge. It was out of a fairytale it was so perfect. This city is basically the Davis of England- it’s a bike town, a small college town, and a cow town. What’s not to love?

Cambridge is just as I had imagined it to be; it has winding cobble streets, white paned windows, markets, and sprawling gardens. (I did not expect the very grandeur mall that was built in this century.)  We started off the day with…


Added by Carly Tyer on August 8, 2015 at 11:06am — No Comments

Day 8: The Start of the Program & The Start of my Genetics Adventure

So it’s been a while since I last updated this, but I’ve been so busy with moving and trying to figure last minute details that I’ve had very little downtime to actually sit behind a computer. And most of that very little downtime was spent sleeping anyways!

Okay, recap time: My last few days in London were a lot more lowkey. I visited Kensington Palace, where the royal family with Prince William and Kate live and we toured the old apartments of Queen Victoria and King George III. We…


Added by Petra Dahms on August 8, 2015 at 10:21am — No Comments

Day 4: How London Should Feel

Today was definitely my favorite day so far in London. I don’t know if it was me having a good night’s sleep, or an awesome English breakfast to start my day, or that we went to a bunch of places and did things that I really just enjoyed.  All I know is that today I finally felt excited and happy to be where I am. And that was the feeling that I knew I had been missing ever since I got here.

But first I’m going to quickly overview what we did yesterday, because I didn’t have time to…


Added by Petra Dahms on August 8, 2015 at 8:43am — No Comments

The Journey and Day 1 in London

After some unforeseen circumstances, I have finally started my journey to England. A week later, but I am here. I have to admit that traveling alone that distance is a little scary. I started with a flight to Chicago that ended up with the infamous seat next to a baby. Yes, the baby seat. DUN, DUn, Dun. He ended up being the cutest, and well-behaved baby ever that I got 2/3 hours of sleep on the flight. I even got to hold him. Something that is not in the job description of flying, is that…


Added by Carly Tyer on August 8, 2015 at 2:33am — No Comments

Day 2: A Different View of London

Today was so much better than yesterday. First of all, I had a full night’s sleep. Second, I got to spend the day with my best friend from high school, Mackenzie, while my uncle was out for the day visiting the Cotswolds. She had been studying abroad in Scotland for the past few weeks and so it was so nice to finally see her again, even if just for a little while. Two of her friends from her program came too, so we all just hung out together having a fun and relaxing day in…


Added by Petra Dahms on August 2, 2015 at 4:52pm — No Comments

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