Langley Photo

My Niece and Me
Graduation Day

Week 1 - Getting to Duke

Well I am finished the last chapters in my text books, final projects are in, final exams are done and even more exciting... I have (unofficially) graduated. Between all of this I have kept up with the miscellaneous requirements in prep for my research experience at Duke.

I must admit I am not much of a blogger but it is part of this experience so here it goes. Hopefully it won't be too boring for those of you who are interested in knowing what will happen over the summer. I will try my best to include interesting stories and give you a taste of what it might be like to be me.

Click here to read more about the adventures of how I got to North Carolina...

Week 2 - Learning Alice

My first week at Duke is going smoothly. I have started to learn the ALICE program, and I am setting up my web page. The weekend was full of fun, sand, water and sun.

Click here to read more details about week 2...

My birthday pie

My Birthday Pie

Week 3 - Tutorials in Alice

This is birthday week for me. I am missing several birthdays back home but to look on the bright side I will have more cake to eat! (Happy Birthday Mom... Happy Birthday Owen...)

On a more work related note, I have been starting to create and review Alice tutorials.

Click here to read more about week 3...

Week 4 - Routine and Unique

This was a regular week for work but I had some interesting experiences that made this week memorable. Former president Bill Clinton spoke at Duke Chapel. I ate at Chick-Fil-A for the first time. (Is it considered a cross cultural experience if there are no Chick-Fil-A's in Canada?).

Click here to read more about week 4...

Week 5 - Alice and the Bulls

This week is the first teacher seminars. It was a hot event as temperatures were reaching into the upper 90s by the end of the week. I was helping out with the workshops and attended a day of interesting seminars. You can also check out a couple pictures of the Durham Bulls baseball game.

Click here to read more about week 5...

Green Heron
Sarah Duke Gardens

Week 6 - Introducing Alice

Alice workshops start this week. Now we are into the string of workshops hosted and run by Professor Rodger. I am anticipating a week of squeezing between chairs and desks, kneeling beside computers with Alice problems to be solved and witnessing how excited teachers can get over a new idea and learning tool... I was not disappointed.

Okay, so the picture on the left is a little random. I had designed this website before I added the content, and this was the week to put in a photo. At first I was going to put in an Alice workshop photo, but I was too busy helping. So I added this one that I took on Friday as I walked home from work. Although it looks more red and gray bird to me, wikipedia says it is a Green Heron . I added some additional bird pictures at the end of this weeks blog page.

Click here to read more about week 6...

Week 7 - Teachers as Students

This week is starting on Sunday so that we can have a long weekend for the 4th of July. I am looking forward to another week of teachers as Alice students and I am looking forward to spending the long weekend in Washington DC.

Click here to read more about week 7...

Week 8 - The Last Workshop

The last workshop is this week and I am starting to think about finishing up some of the Alice projects that I have started. I expect that this weeks blog will eventually contain some examples of what I have been working in between helping with the workshop.

Click here to read more about week 8...

Alice the Duck

The duck

Week 9 The End in Sight

Is this another seemingly random bird picture? You might think so, unless you happen to know that I used to have pet ducks. One of the longest members of our duck family was Alice. I think she was at least 10 years old. And she looked almost exactly like the duck I saw in the Duke Garden pond! Well, I thought it was an interesting coincidence with the name Alice and all... perhaps not, but at least I know my sister will understand. This one is for you sis.

This week was fairly straight forward. I'm starting to finish up what I have started and I am working on my final report.

Click here to read more about week 9...

Week 10 - Last Week

The last week has come and gone. It has been a great experience, and I must say this was the best mistake I have ever made. If this statement doesn't make sense to you read about how I ended up here on my About Me page. Ten weeks seems to be the right amount of time for this experience. I feel like I have just started... I'm not so overwhelmed any more... I don't really want it to end...

This week I finished writing my final report, cleaned up all the work I have been doing, making sure everything is documented and putting the final touches on this website.

Click here to read more about week 10...