PAPI, LIGO, MechE, and OD Monday

Hi friends, buckle your seat belts and get ready for the time of your life because in 372 short words I’m gonna take you on a wild extravaganza through a lit day at SSP!

But first let me introduce myself: I’m Katherine and I’m from the great state of Texas! Contrary to popular belief, I do not own a horse, I do not live on a farm, and I don’t have an accent! Some things I do have are: a love for avocados, card games, and SSP 🙂

In the morning, Dr. D gave a fantastically intriguing lecture about his role in a FedEX airplane crash investigation. Fun fact: You have a greater chance of dying on a 40 mile drive to the airport (1 in 1.8 million odds) than you have of dying on an actual commercial airline flight (1 in 14 million odds). Although he never got to testify due to sketchy lawyers, he learned a lot about PAPI’s and now has a fascinating story to tell his students (and he got paid $10,000 so hey, no one’s complaining).

Shoutout to ma bois Madie and HK for sleeping I mean paying attention to everything with me during lecture every day 🙂

After lunch we had 2 TA lectures! First up was Lindsey who talked about LIGO and gravitational waves. Also it was super cute that her boyfriend came all the way from San Francisco to visit ❤ Next, Cyndia gave an entertaining lecture about mechanical engineering and showed us videos of people kicking robots, mesmerizing machines, and robot cheetahs! We also learned the ins and outs of creativity and brainstormed hilarious ways to move around without legs.

Lindsey’s LIGO Lecture
Creative Cyndia’s Lecture
Featuring Phillipe’s solution of flooding the room with water and using a turbine to move things around

During dinner we had an intriguing conversation with Dr. D about favorite books, CU Boulder, and Dr. D’s life. Fun fact: Dr. D and his wife have been married for almost 40 years (such goals omg)!

After dinner, we all went to the computer lab to work on homework, astrometry, photometry, and the dreaded OD into the wee hours of the night. Overall, today was an amazing day and I can’t wait for the rest of the week!

And that’s a wrap!


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