Katie Blasko ’13
November 8, 2012 | Week 8 was my last week at the University of Iowa Hospital in the department of psychiatry. I can't believe it was over so soon! Two months really fly by when you're having great experiences and learning new things every day. It was very sad to leave the team I've worked with for the past eight weeks and I hope they enjoyed working with me as much as I did with them.
October 29, 2012 | As I was writing "week 7" at the top of my daily journals, I couldn't believe it had been so long already! Maybe one month, sure, but nearly two? I don't know how it flew by so fast! I've been getting so much out of this Fellowship, it's hard to believe that I'll be in a normal class again without these kinds of experiences. A friend asked me if I would keep going once a week anyway to help out and although I would love to, I won't have the time. I'll find an excuse to see everyone on the team again once it's over though, they are too wonderful to lose touch with.
October 15, 2012 | This week I did a lot of learning off-campus. Monday was typical and I did my usual database search and finished putting the pieces of our recruitment poster together. Tuesday, however, I drove to the mental health conference in Ames. Lois was there both Tuesday and Wednesday sitting with our poster to recruit participants during the conference and I wanted to see what it was like. By now a typical Cornell psychology student should have gained experience sitting with a poster at a conference of some type and explaining their research results to passers-by.
October 10, 2012 | Week 5 wasn't as busy as past weeks, but I still learned a lot. On Monday we did visit 5 for a participant who was a control in our study but had borderline personality disorder. For those who haven't heard the term before, the gist of borderline personality disorder is the person feels completely numb inside (which often leads to cutting behaviors), is often manipulative, and does not maintain relationships with anyone.
October 2, 2012 | Week 4 was a vast improvement on week 3, if only because I got to be away from the computer more often. On Monday I went to the research rounds and listened to a presentation on neurogenesis and neuroprotection in the hippocampus, which means the new growth of cells and the protection of existing cells in the center of the brain that deals with memory.
September 26, 2012 | The third week of my Fellowship was a bit frustrating. With Lois gone, there wasn't much for me to do in the way of recruitment or data collection. Holly found a few things to occupy my time, but mostly I spent the week entering data to the best of my abilities (the database was still acting up) and looking for possible participants for our studies.
September 18, 2012 | The second week of my Fellowship was even better than the first! On Monday I went to "research rounds," which is a presentation of new research with an audience of doctors, professors, and medical students. More than the content of the talk, the audience's response at the end was fascinating.
September 12, 2012 | Last week was my first week working in the lab of Dr. Jess Fiedorowicz at the University of Iowa Psychiatry Department in the Carver College of Medicine. Dr. Fiedorowicz was in Italy during that time so I wasn’t able to meet him, but his two research assistants Holly and Lois were there to welcome me and get me set up.Even before this fellowship began, I could tell through the emails exchanged that this would be a fantastic group of people to work with.