Archive for Field Experiences

Orbit Media Field Experience

We went to Orbit Media Studios today.  Orbit Media is a web design company in Chicago located at 4043 N Ravenswood Ave.  We went there for our HTML course Catalyst.  This field experience gave me the opportunity to consider if developing was a path I really wanted to follow, and after this experience I believe it is.  After talking with Sam, a web developer from Orbit I am taking more interest in web design and plan on following up on it as a profession.

While we were there we talked to four employes of Orbit.  Todd who is the CEO of Orbit is in charge of talking with clients to insure their happiness.  Below him are the developers and designers,  Sam and Mary Fran are two of the web designers we talked to.  Sam is a developer whose job is to write the code for websites.  Mary Fran is a designer and her goal is to design the layout of the website then hand it off to a developer to make functional.  We also talked with Amanda who is head of marketing and also manages what clients needs and puts teams together to make that website.

We had an amazing conversation while we talked about what they do, what we do and everything in between.  We learned about the world of web design as a profession and how much of a demand there really is for the job.  We also learned about other languages that professional web designers use to code websites which are php and javascript.

UIC Biological Science Dept.

For our global health cure course, we went to UIC to better understand how cures are found.  We saw four amazing scientists by the names of Dr. Tien Wang, Dr. Pete Okkema, Dr. David Stone, and Dr. Brian Kay.

While visiting Dr. Tien Wang’s mouse lab, I asked him the question why do you dissect mice and how does it relate to your studies.  He responded that both the mice and the human have a very similar heart. They test on mice to help find treatments for humans.

While visiting Dr. Pete Okkema in the worm lab, I asked the question what major discoveries have come from the research of worms?  He responded that he discovered gene transcription factors that are very similar to humans.  This research can help cure cancer.

While visiting Dr. David Stone in the yeast lab, I asked him the question why does yeast help combat infections?  He responded that yeast is a very easy thing to reproduce and is a great subject to study regarding bacteria.

Out last stop was visiting Dr. Brian Kay in the engineering bio lab. I asked him why he chose to study bio engineering? He responded that by studying and making life was such an amazing thing to do and it was something he is really passionate about.

Cost of War For Iraq in Chicago

This is the amount of money that just Chicago spends since 2001.
This is ridiculous how we spend upwards of millions of dollars a day just for Chicago, look through this site for yourself
and see your city or how much taxpayers are spending every year.