this week the STEM center is hosting some high schoolers for the "SummerBridge" program. students spend some time in different disciplines learning about the cool stuff that they can do at KCC. (a really great program- lots of hands on projects, plus free lunch, and exposure to cool science. although it is also a very good marketing ploy...) Matt has a class that he's teaching some basic micro to and i got to help out a little and run some of their experiments (can't work on my protein research till he writes me a protocol). the class was fairly interested and matt turns out to be an exciting professor. he's pretty mellow every time i talk to him but he really does a great job in front of a class. he was nice and loud and didn't linger on any one subject for too long. also very engaging with the class.
my favorite conversation of the day was in the introductions. he tells the class (about 20 of them)
i'm matt, have my phd in micro, i teach at kcc, etc. etc.
then he introduces us
andrew is studying micro under matt
sha has a bs in micro from uh
and i'm in mlt at kcc.
then he introduces john and another student assistant (can't remember his name):
"if you need any help you can also ask dr. b, in the back over there... but not today. he's very busy with his own experiement- he's having sex."
*class is puzzled. andrew and i are cracking up.*
"he's mating two bacteria..."
*john chimes in*
"actually, we're having a three-way!"
*the class is O________o , andrew and i are laughing it up, so matt clarifies*
"this is tri-parental mating! two E. coli have been mated and now they are going to combine it with a campy!"
other things that came up today
- "open your swabs using aseptic technique- like peeling a banana"
- "37ºC is what in Fahrenheit? it's 98º just like the boy band"
- "sleeping in this class is not my problem- putting your head down on the bacteria desk is my problem!"
so, it was a very fun afternoon for me. i even got to steal some TSAs and do their labs, too. we'll see if wasabi is bacterialstatic to P. aeruginosa and E. coli tomorrow and if my religious listerine-ing has any affect on them, as well. this is also my first observation of matt as a teacher, looks like his tissue culture class in fall should be just as exciting.
it's so nice to have a blog where i can just throw out my science fascination. no one else likes to listen to my micro adventures.
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