Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Continuation of the cat dissection....

Today I finally got to present my inquisition on Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome (AIS). I was nervous because I was called to be the first to present but I managed through and I think I did a good job of presenting and explaining the syndrome. Tomorrow I will be presenting my group project on a science related career (biotechnology). The part that I had to research is the job market, employers, Salary, and applications. Public speaking skills is something that Dean Thompson has been emphasizing on these weeks because it is something that we should all become comfortable doing. That is something that I strongly agree with because we can't just have great ideas we also have to be able to communicate them to others. If it weren't for Mr. Ramsey being able to communicate his ideas ILC would not exist.

Today we had a lecture on blood and the digestive system, it was a lot to take in today but I managed through and I completed the assignment for both blood and the digestive system. For the digestive system we finished dissecting the cats. We made the incision, De-fatted Fat Joe (our cat) once more and identified all the digestive organs as well as looking at the kidneys and cutting one in half to look at the inside of it. After finishing up the cat we got a microscope and looked for the different types of blood cells as well as illustrating them. My Atlas is almost finished! Now I have to get a binder and plastic slips for it and I will be finished!

Tomorrow we will be having the Colleges Q&A, Dean Thompson re-scheduled because on Thursday we will have a guest lecture instead! Just a few more days left of the program and I am so exited to see my finished atlas.


Madeline Kronenberg said...


What a complete explanation -- I feel like I know DeFatted Joe (from the inside out).

You sound like a true biologist -- and very comfortable at it.

I'm anxious to hear all about your finished Atlas -- and maybe see it when you get back home. It sounds like you've put in a great deal of effort to create it.

Dean Thompson is quite correct -- as you noted -- about the importance of public speaking and I'm glad recognize it. An idea is only effective if it is communicated.

Thanks for posting the Museum pictures -- they are wonderful.

Enjoy your last few days.

Charles Tillman Ramsey said...

Thanks for the nice compliment. I try to communicate well. Good luck on your project. I hope you deliver it with a lot of confidence, but no matter what I want you to get feedback from your audience and your teacher.

You have learned so much from Dean Thompson in this class. I hope that you will write her a nice "Thank You" note describing how much you have learned in her class and how she has given you great instruction. The impression that you leave will make a big difference with the next stage of your life.

Ms. Kronenberg is correct in that you need to find out from her what you need to do to improve and for her to be "brutally honest" in her assessment. Only by doing this will you have a chance to grow and become a success.

Take care.

Charles T. Ramsey, Esq.
School Board Member
West Contra Costa
Unified School District