It’s a slow day here. Kind of sad to think it’s my last one. Although I’m glad my only major project for this week, a presentation on vaccines for substance abuse, went off without a hitch. I am nervous about public speaking, but when one of the other interns tried to steal my thunder with a question that turned into a soliloquy on political ideology, I stole it right back, got everyone back on track, and finished with a bang. (Thunderclap? This analogy is dead.)
Putting together the presentation was pretty cool, though. Basically, antibodies “soak up” the cocaine/nicotine/meth and keep it from crossing the blood-brain barrier. Result: no high. It was all fMRIs and mouse studies and made me realize how absolutely awesome neuro is. It was probably the best class of first year. Even if I did fall asleep during the last exam.
But the absolute coolest part about putting together this presentation was doing the handout, for which I had to haul out the scissors for some old-school cutting and pasting. (Well, taping, but you know what I mean.) I’ve never done real life cut-and-paste before. You have to think about orientation and spacing! You can’t just resize images! It was … surreal.