28 June 2017, 09:40// Since all I did yesterday was go for a long walk and watch movies, I decided to be useful today.
I printed out syllabus of both the programmes I have a high chance of joining. And finally compleated my search on future entrance examinations for masters even though both the programmes are of BS -MS category. But Since I do have an opportunity to shift, I shall try my chances.
Caltech mourns the passing of Ahmed Zewail (1946–2016)
Ahmed Zewail, the Linus Pauling Professor of Chemistry, professor of physics, and director of the Physical Biology Center for Ultrafast Science and Technology at Caltech, passed away on Tuesday, August 2, 2016. He was 70 years old.
Zewail was the sole recipient of the 1999 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his pioneering developments in femtoscience, making possible observations of atoms in motion on the femtosecond (10-15 seconds) time scale. These developments lead to the establishment of the discipline of femtochemistry. More recently, he and his group developed “4D” electron microscopy for the direct visualization in the four dimensions of space and time of materials and biological behaviors.
For his contributions to science and for his public service, Zewail received honors from around the globe. Fifty honorary degrees in the sciences, arts, philosophy, law, medicine, and humane letters were conferred on him, including those from Oxford University, Cambridge University, Peking University, École Normale Supérieure, Yale University, University of Pennsylvania, and Alexandria University.
Zewail was decorated with the Order of the Grand Collar of the Nile, Egypt’s highest state honor, and was named to the Order of Légion d'Honneur by the President of France, among other state honors. He was an elected member of academies and learned societies including the National Academy of Sciences, the Royal Society of London, the American Philosophical Society, the French Academy, the Russian Academy, the Chinese Academy, and the Swedish Academy. Postage stamps have been issued in commemoration of his contributions to science and humanity.
“Ahmed Zewail was a great man for chemistry, for science, and for society. All of us at Caltech grieve his loss,” says Jacqueline K. Barton, Arthur and Marian Hanisch Memorial Professor of Chemistry and Norman Davidson Leadership Chair of the Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering.
Among the more than 100 international prizes and awards, he was the recipient of the Albert Einstein World Award, the Benjamin Franklin Medal, the Leonardo da Vinci Award, the Robert A. Welch Award, the Wolf Prize, the King Faisal Prize, the Othmer Gold Medal, and the Priestley Gold Medal. In his name, international prizes have been established in Amsterdam, Cairo, Detroit, Trieste, and Washington, D.C.; in Cairo, the AZ Foundation provides support for the dissemination of knowledge and for merit awards in arts and sciences.
Following the 2011 Egyptian revolution, the government established Zewail City of Science and Technology as the national project for scientific renaissance, and Zewail became its first chair of the Board of Trustees.
In 2009, President Barack Obama appointed Zewail to the Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, and in the same year he was named the first U.S. Science Envoy to the Middle East. Subsequently, in 2013, Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon invited Zewail to join the U.N. Scientific Advisory Board. In Egypt, he served in the Council of Advisors to the President.
Zewail was the author of some 600 articles and 14 books, and was known for his effective public lectures and writings not only on science but also in global affairs. For his leadership role in these world affairs, he received, among others, the “Top American Leaders Award” from The Washington Post and Harvard University.
Born in 1946 in Damanhur, Egypt, Zewail received his early education in Egypt and earned his BS and MS degrees from Alexandria University in 1967 and 1969. He received a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1974 and completed an IBM postdoctoral fellowship at UC Berkeley before joining the faculty at Caltech in 1976 as an assistant professor. He became an associate professor in 1978 and a professor in 1982. He was Linus Pauling Professor of Chemical Physics from 1990–97, was named professor of physics in 1995, and was named Linus Pauling Professor of Chemistry in 1997.
Zewail is survived by with his wife, Dema Faham, and his four children, Maha, Amani, Nabeel, and Hani.
Back-story/Field of Study: I actually received my BS and MS in Animal Sciences with an emphasis in Reproductive Physiology but moved into the molecular biology field and, specifically, nucleic acid sequencing a bit by accident! Right after I received my MS, the only job I could find at the time was for a small company that processed various nucleic acids (e.g., genomic DNA, RNA, small RNA, etc.) into next generation sequencing libraries. I worked my way from being a general QC technician to actually processing the samples, myself. The photo above is of me wearing goggles to see bands on a SYBR-stained gel I had been running.
After having worked with a lot of capillary electrophoresis at that company, I recently started on at the company that makes the reagents and capillary electrophoresis machines, in the R&D department. I now reside in the Midwest of the good ol’ USA.
Setbacks: One of my PIs throughout my undergrad and grad school years was a known misogynist and generally difficult to work with. He told me multiple times throughout the years that I shouldn’t bother with an MS and never DREAM of becoming a PhD because I wasn’t smart enough and didn’t belong in science. Joke’s on him, though, because every time he’d say something like that, I would hear the exact opposite from everyone that actually worked with me in the lab and in other professors in the department. It only made me want to get my degree, a great job, and prove him WRONG. My support system of family and friends really helped a lot during the rough spots!
While I don’t currently plan on pursuing a PhD, it’s not something I would be opposed to doing if I felt like it would really benefit my career. I don’t want to be the one who has to write all the grants and oversee a lot of people/projects- I love benchwork and being in the lab the most.
Advice: BE PERSISTENT! Keep asking what you can do to help around the lab, if you’re already a part of one. People love it when you take initiative! It shows you’re always thinking. Keep trucking along even if you’re told you can’t/shouldn’t do it, as long as it’s something you’re passionate about. Your hard work and passion will get you to the next level, no matter how long it feels like it’ll take.