Five weeks down, three to go! Post by Roshni Mangar (College of the Atlantic,’16)
We have been at Mount Desert Biological Laboratory for the past five weeks.
These last weeks have flown by fast and the knowledge accumulated is indescribable. This week has been very eventful at the lab.
With our busy schedule in lab we have managed to fit in a bioethics workshop, art meets science event, a lab crawl, and obviously the world cup final!
The bioethics workshop hosted by the Jackson Laboratory was a great experience. Unfortunately Sophie and Nabil were unable to come because of the lab schedule. What was most enjoyable was listening to everybody’s point view in relation to bioethics. We were educated on the multiple definitions of philosophy and bioethics. The discussion about the question, “What are the differences between humans and non-humans?” was an interesting aspect of the workshop. One would imagine there to be many differences, but after discussing we found there to be only one, the development of our brain. Non-humans are capable of empathy, communication, pain, and emotions just like us.
The art meets science is an event where artists display their work in relation to science. The students at the lab volunteered to help with the event and as a reward we are getting $30 gift card at Pat’s Pizza! Sophie, Nabil and I helped with registration and acted as guides for the guests. On the second day Katie helped Don with catering and served the guests delicious hors d’oeuvre. The event was a success, there was lots of people, lots of food and many beautiful conversations.
The lab crawl event was held at Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory. The students of MDIBL and Jackson Laboratory spent an evening of fun and excitement. At MDIBL each group had to design a non-alcoholic drink and a game. After the lab crawl we had a trivia night, which was full of energy and enthusiasm.
To end our eventful week we watched the world cup final, Argentina vs. Germany. At the end of the match there was both happiness and sadness in those who were watching.