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Monday, September 27, 2004

Europe 

What an amazing trip. I'm so lucky to have been able to attend the European summer school in visual neuroscience. The numerous lectures were all informative and motivating, and the time outside lectures was equally valuable. Being surrounded by my peers from around the world was an eye opening experience, and I'm thankful for the opportunity. I had such a great time at the course that I was reluctant to leave.

But leave I did, and away I went. To Milan, Zurich, Berlin and Frankfurt. It was a whirlwind tour of central Europe, but relaxing too. I won't say much more now (I've got lots of work to do), but please view the photos if you're interested!

photos

Sunday, September 12, 2004

Mathematikum 

Today we had the day off from the Visual Neuroscience summer school & took a chartered bus to the cities of Marburg & GieBen (Giessen). Marburg was cool, except that most of the shops were closed. The highlight was visiting the mathematics museum near the univerity in Giessen. The museum was designed to be accessable to everyone, including kids, and so had a number of hands-on demonstrations like puzzles and challenging tasks. I love geometric puzzles & so had a lot of fun. Unfortunately, we only had like 90 minutes there, which was not enough for me, since there were over 50 interactive demonstrations. I was able to solve a bunch of the puzzles. Not everyone gets into that kind of thing, but I certainly do.

the Giessen Mathematikum

Friday, September 10, 2004

visual neuroscience 

Well, I'm finished with my qualifying exams, perhaps the final serious exams of my life. As it turned out, the exams were highly topical, dealing only with material covered in the 'core' courses of our neuroscience program. I had, however, invested serious time studying material in the various texts available. I really enjoyed doing this, but could have made things alot easier on myself by just studying my class notes. I have come to realize something about myself--I tend to only remember ideas that I find personally interesting. Most other things tend to fall through the cracks, and since I tend to be interested in rather aberrant material, my memory-base is rather topical. This is a deficiency, I assure you.

Now I am in Germany for the first time in my life. It has been and continues to be an extremely interesting experience, since I'm staying and studying in a castle in some small village learning about visual nourishing. We have some of the world's experts here and I am enthralled indeed.

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