Thursday, August 19, 2010


Today was a little more relaxed. I didn't have football practice in the afternoon and I had already told my coach that I would be able to make the morning practice. I worked on what I was going to say during my presentation a little bit and tried to tried to make sure that I wasn't missing anything important. All of the interns met today in the fishbowl for pizza before our practice presentations. I ate too much. Overall the presentations were pretty good. Joe Pow gave me some good insights into what I should tweak or say during my presentation. I'm still a little nervous. It has been a very fun and informative summer.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


Today I got in and went to the Remote Sensing Hawaiian Luau. I showed up at the very end of the event and got to roast marshmallows. I finished my presentation and turned it into Joe for a review. I hope that there are not too many mistakes or red flags that I may need to correct. The presentation is coming up fast. I can not believe how fast the summer has gone. Tomorrow I will come in in the morning just to make sure that everything is done and ready to be presented. Football is complicating this week a lot and has made me very tired.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


I am pretty exhausted. When I came in today after practice, Bob showed me a video made by Joe's son. It was really well made and pretty spooky at the same time. I have to put some final touches on my presentation and also show it to Dr. Dube for a review but other than that I am pretty much finished. I also looked at more X-Ray data and SOHO images from a couple days ago. I ended up finding more things that I could incorporate into my presentation. I hope that it won't be too long.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Day XXX:

This is going to be a tiring week. I have double sessions for football so in the morning Monday through Wednesday I will got to football from 8:30-11:00 and then go home, take a shower, eat, and come to RIT. And for the night session I will leave RIT and then go to football at 5:30-8:00. I am going to be sleeping well.

But besides the tiredness factor, I was able to work on my presentation today. I will hopefully be finished by tomorrow. I also need to plan out what I am going to say in more detail just to be sure that I don't miss anything. I'm a little nervous but definitely excited.

Friday, August 13, 2010


Today I came at 8:50 because we didn't have a morning staff meeting and I took too long of a shower. I worked on my presentation for a little while and then went to the undergraduate research symposium and listened to a presention on a game designed for facebook. It was a lot different than I expected. Afterward I went back to my building and continued to work. I went back later in the day to see Caitlin and Becky's presentations/posters. They both did very good jobs. There were a lot of other cool research projects, even ones that were not part of the imaging science department.

Thursday, August 12, 2010


There was a lot of work done on my final presentation today. I decided, after consulting Dr. Dube, that I should focus more on the Neural Network aspect of the presentation and explain some of the applications to Coronal Mass Ejections at the end. Dr. Dube also said that I should talk about future research that needs to be done. I am making many custom media elements for my talk including a very brief movie that shows the feedforward process. There are still many things to be done.

Today I also continued my look into the X-Ray data. There is a ton to look through but so far it appears to be a good indicator that a CME is occurring. I still need to look at other data sources to see if they show similar trends.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


I did a couple of interesting things today. For one, I made a movie about how a neural network produces an output, and no I was not action packed. It took me most of the morning to complete since I had to create all of the images that I needed (from scratch) and then convert them into the correct format so that I could use them in windows movie maker. Then I had to get the timing correct for each image. Overall I achieved the task that I had set out to do; I made a simple explanation of how the feedforward process in a neural network works. After this task I went out to lunch. The college of science was having a picnic and, since I forgot my lunch, I was more than happy to attend. The food was delicious; I had a burger and a hot dog.

At 1:30 the whole internship crew went on a field trip to the George Eastman House to get a behind the scenes look at the preservation and analysis of Daguerreotypes. Some of the techniques used were indeed pretty cool, such as the X-Ray pulse analysis that helps determine the type to material. I just wish that we got to see more of everything that was there, no just the Daguerrotype work.