Week 8: Touring NIST!

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Friday, July 22, 2022


Lucy Corthell

This Thursday, most of the interns got to tour the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)!

Here’s a picture of the walls inside the Anechoic Chamber (which is a room that is designed to stop sound reflections so it feels like your wearing noise canceling headphones)! We could only have 5 or 6 people in the room at one time because the floor is mesh and can only support so much weight. Fun fact is that we could see everything that has dropped through the mesh over the last 50 years because it is so hard to clean (and the room is 50 years old). Thank you to Rich Allen for leading that tour!


Here’s a photo from inside the Center for Neutron Research (NCNR) at NIST!

Thank you, NIST interns, for setting up a tour; it was cool to see where you all work!


Last Monday I submitted my abstract for my project and title and this Monday I will submit my draft presentation! I am so sad to be nearing the end of this internship but I’m also too busy making graphs, excel sheets, and my final presentation to really think about it.

Great news is that I have some of the graphs with the latest data (2020) for the American Physical Society Education and Diversity website!

Here is a sneak peek into what you will soon find on the website:


Outside of touring NIST and my project this week I was able to volunteer at the National Asian Heritage Festival on the mall last Saturday. I helped take shots for social media to promote the event, redirect lines, and give general information and directions at the information tent. A fun fact is that it is the 17th year they’ve held the Fiesta Asia Street Fair! This picture is from the peace march/parade that was held.


Sunday, I went on a Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land tour. There were beautiful gardens filled with adorable bees.


Monday we had a potluck style burrito night! Each of us brought an ingredient for burrito/bowl/taco night. Thank you, Emma and Janessa, for hosting us once again! 


Wednesday night Emma, Ben, and I explored the French Embassy! They held a French play called Bad Mama which was a comedy with some deeper lessons in it. This was especially interesting because the French embassy never holds any free events (but this one was :)! I am glad that I was able to practice my French a little as well.


Upcoming: tonight, Brad is going to give a talk this afternoon and tomorrow we are taking a break from the city to go on a beach adventure! 

Until next week,

Lucy Corthell