Friday, July 8, 2016

Chapter 4 and first week summary

What were the problems that were keeping the Peabody Museum from being built? Are these issues modern day or simply issues of the past? Explain why or why not.

The problem that kept the Peabody museum from being built was there wasn't enough funds to build he entire museum. They only had enough to build one wing. This is a modern day issue because you need the money to pay the construction workers and pay for the materials to start construction.

Why isn't current research faster-- What are some roadblocks that can come from starting a new research project or forming new labs?

One roadblock that can come from starting a new research project is funding. If you don't have the money, you can't get the supplies to start the project. Another roadblock could be obtaining research subjects. For example, if you want to study a dinosaur bone, you have to find a lab that has that bone and request to borrow it. One more roadblock can be finding another lab to work in. If there's not another facility available, there's nowhere to work.

This week we got to meet our mentor for our lab. On the first day, we sat down with her and watched a documentary about the ocean. We also talked about forams and what they are and looked at some under a microscope. We also learned how to wash samples and met an expert of foraminifera.

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