Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Quito, Cuenca, and classes


So last time you heard from us we were in the airport. So much has happened since then! In Quito our first day was spent hiking, kayaking, and riding a mule in a volcano called Quilotoa. The lake there is a caldera because it erupted once and the top caved in to make a crater type shape. It is 11,000 ft above sea level and the lake is 900ft below the top. AKA breathing is hard.

                                                     Animal crackers are the best snack!

                                         View of the top where we had to climb down from...
                                                              The lake in the volcano
Kayaking on the lake

Day 2 of Ecuador we walked around Quito and visited different museums, churches, and historical sites. We also visited the Equator!! On the equator we experimented with water, eggs, and our bodies to show the Coriolis effect. That night we went to a "ballet" which entailed folklore dances.

                                                                       The "ballet"
                                       Ariel eating the world while standing in the middle of it
                                           The balcony of their equivalent to the White House
                                     An important statue in Ecuador of a virgin with wings
                                                            Inside one of the churches

Jenny at the equator


After having so much fun in Quito we got up a 2 a.m. We flew to Cuenca and got picked up by our host families. The first day we slept in the morning and then met with Maria de Lourdes (our go to person here) at the church, got some introductions, and a toured the church. On Friday we visited UDA, which is a local university that a couple of our classes are through, as well as the med school where we met our physiology professor and saw a brain (Jenny liked it, Ariel didn't...). Then we went on a city tour where we saw the largest Cathedral in Ecuador and climbed to the top of it (155 steps!! And once again we couldn't breathe). We also toured the hospital where our practicum will be.

Us and Carlos on top of the Cathedral

Weekends were spent with our host families. Ariel went to a place called Turi, which overlooks the city of Cuenca. It was beautiful! Jenny spent most of the weekend at extended families houses talking and playing games. We all went to Church on Sunday at Verbo, but it was hard to understand much of what was said.

                                                           Ariel and her sister at Turi

On Monday we were greeted by a Spanish placement exam that left us all feeling like we knew nothing! To our surprise We both made it into the intermediate class. We also got to hang out with the Habeckers who are here in Cuenca for 6 weeks. After that was our first dance class! Dance class was very interesting. Ariel of course had no trouble and compared to the guys Jenny did really well. The guys... well you know. Then we went home for lunch until getting picked up again for physiology. We basically spent 2 hours talking about the syllabus and many, many, bunny trials. The professor is really nice though and his stories are interesting.

Today we had our first actual Spanish class, which went surprisingly well since it was taught completely in Spanish. (We learned that there are 4 ways to say pig). Right now we are waiting to go have lunch with Dr. Moore and then we have our first History class.

We will keep you updated :)

Monday, January 30, 2017

We're halfway there!!

So far we have been up for a total of 11 hours and 11 min. Ariel is tired and Jenny has had 2 coffee's. Currently we are in Atlanta awaiting a 6 hour flight to Quito :/  The whole gang is here and even though we look a little like zombies, we are super excited.

Hope ya'll (Dr. Magers voice)are enjoying the snow ;)  Also here are a couple "fun" displays that we are currently seeing.

We miss you guys! More updates to come :) Try not to blow up the stockroom while we are gone!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Murder Mystery - ACS National Chemistry Week Solving Mysteries Through Chemistry

Taylor University's ACS Student Chapter has designed a murder mystery for students to solve as part of National Chemistry Week.  For three days a new clue will be provided for students to help them figure out the mystery.  The first clue was balancing a redox reaction.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Elanco Representatives Present to TU Students about Careers inIndustrial Chemistry

Two representatives from Elanco, Richard White and recent Taylor graduate Nathan Pavey ('16), shared with our undergraduates about what it is like to work as an industrial chemist and about their summer internship program.  As a TU undergrad, Nathan had interned at Elanco and was later offered a full time job after graduation.  Start thinking about summer internships now!  Thank you to Elanco for supplying the food for the event and sharing a valuable perspective on industrial careers with our students.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Annual Department Tailgate

The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry met for our annual tailgate party.  Lots of classic tailgating fair and games.  It was a great chance for us all to get to know our new students.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Congratulations Graduates!

Saturday was a beautiful day for a graduation.  President Habecker was the commencement speaker.  He challenged us to not only look for new experiences with God in our transitions, but to grow our understanding of God through our transitions.
Congratulations to our graduates.  We are proud of you!  

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Annual Chemistry Department Awards Banquet

Monday evening the department celebrated the accomplishments of the year at the annual awards banquet.  The evening included a fancy meal (with cheese cake buffet), the presentation of many student awards, and the presentation of gifts (and a limerick) to our seniors.

Here's a list of the award winners >Awards<.