Week 4: Squishing Bugs

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Sunday, June 27, 2021

By:

Kirk Kleinsasser

This was another super busy week for me! I only had a few meetings for my internship this week, but I wanted to really start moving on my code. On Monday, I had the chance to have lunch with the other interns and department heads in APS. We had a nice chat and got to know each other and our projects.

I also elected to attend the APS company pride event, which was a very pleasant virtual meeting in gather town. This was my first chance to use this tool, so I was impressed by its capabilities. We shared some pictures of pride and had a game of pride trivia. It was great to see such a supportive environment fostered by APS.

On Friday, the SPS interns had a round table with Nobel Prize winning physicist, Dr. John Mather. He shared brief presentation summarizing the talks he typically gives and left tons of time for questions. I had the honor of meeting him after his presentation back in PhysCon 2019, so it was awesome to get the chance to ask him some questions. It was an awesome experience!

This week was also very exciting for my project! As it turned out, my code to import data to my database management system was very buggy, so I had to complete rewrite that module, this time in python. This took much of my week, but I spent the rest of my time on creating a GUI to manage and tie together my code. I’m super excited, as this is my first program with a proper GUI and it is looking great! I have a lot of work to do, but I’m very excited for the end project!

Cheers,

Kirk Kleinsasser