Congress was in recess this week, so it was not as busy in the office. On Tuesday, the other interns and I were able to take the Hood and Emergency Training Course, required for all Hill Staff and Interns. It turned out to be both informative and pretty interesting, since we got to hear about a
Dinner with the SPS Executive Committee was delicious. It was delivered to ACP and we ate in the conference room on the fifth floor. It was a quick meal before we went to the Capitol Steps show in DC. The show was full of hilarious political satire that mocks everyone. It was quite a riot.
My main accomplishments this week comprised one material project and one conceptual breakthrough: I built a fully analogous test rig for the Kevlar strands, and I figured out an elegant way to route them.
This week Congress was out of session so work in the office was a little slow. Since there were no hearings to attend, most of the staff members were either finishing up on some work before the 4th or were already on vacation.
So, we had a great time on Friday, sharing dinner with the SPS/Sigma Pi Sigma Executive Committee, and went to the Ronald Reagan Building to watch the Capitol Steps performance, which was the one chosen to be broadcasted for the 4th of July.
Last weekend was pretty quiet – I spent most of my time catching up on sleep and Doctor Who, and I also did some astronomy research (I’m still involved in quite a few projects from my undergraduate work).
Friday, Caleb and I went out to NIST, where I will be doing the other half of my internship. We met with Mary, my new mentor and talked about how we were going to incorporate the SOCK with the rest of the program.
My fourth week as an SPS intern was quite enjoyable! I’m really enjoying my new accommodations at George Washington University and I’m adjusting well to my commute. It’s exciting to be in a metropolitan area with so many people and so much going on.
Science. Last week I got a taste of the excitement. This week, however, it seemed I was destined to round out my scientific experience. I found myself trudging through a large bundle of data. I had run a number of datacubes through the program that we’ve been using.