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Kevin Perry’s Blog from Puerto Rico

May 21st, 2014 · No Comments

Today 5/19/20, we spent the day at Ponce’s school of Medicine and Health Sciences where we attended three lectures and lunch. The first lecturer was a Professor and spoke about the importance of biomedical research and how it is linked to common medicine we use today. We learned that medical research is the bridge to medicine. We also learned the techniques that bio-researchers use to determine methods and theories. The lecturer even discussed how to obtain federal funds for the school and the proper process for filing and using the funds.

The second lecture was by med students of Ponce’s school of Medicine and Health Sciences and it was very interesting. They discussed neuroscience and perception and they included us in an illusion test. They showed us pictures and shapes of one thing then showed us how our brain perceived it as something else. It was very fun. Then after the illusion test they showed us an experiment of how they extract the DNA from the cells of a strawberry by crushing them and adding  just everyday household materials like cleaning solution and salt. After the lecture we had lunch with the Ponce students and got to know them as students from abroad and as a friend by the end of the day.

After lunch we returned to class for a presentation by Keystone Colleges own professors, Joyce Avila and Jeff Brauer. They gave a presentation to Keystone students as well as students from Ponce, faculty and staff. It was a full classroom. The topic of the presentation was “privilege” and it included activities with the students and it had us work together and understand the privileges that some people have but may not know. It was a very informative session and I liked how we got to work with the other students.

We finished the day by having a tour of the medical school and the research labs while they were in use! We then left the school for dinner on the board walk. All the different cultural food was delicious and smelled great. The board walk was next to the sea and a light house that we climbed the steps and captured a picture of the Keystone College students with Caribbean Sea in the background.

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