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Published on May 25, 2012, by in Chemistry, Internships, Research.

Thanks for checking back with me here in the lab at WFU!

Since my last update…I have been finishing up my literature search of journal articles to find compatible buffer systems with the SQ-BA (squarylium cyanine dye with a boronic acid functional group) dye for separation of simple sugars via capillary electrophoresis. I have been using a internet-based database called Web of Science to search for keywords like: capillary electrophoresis, monosaccharide, glycoprotein, and fluorescence. After reading probably 10-12 articles, I have found about 4-5 articles that are relevant, summarizing the data in one chart.

I met with Dr. Colyer today to discuss my literature search findings. We have decided to use a sodium phosphate buffer over others like sodium acetate, MOPS, or borate. When choosing a buffer, one will want to choose a pH +/- 1.0 unit from its pKa (This I learned in Quantitative Analysis this past fall semester!). With the buffer chosen, it was time for me to make some calculations – concentration of sodium phosphate in the buffer to 50 mM, SQ-BA dye stock to 1.0×10-3 M, and fructose sugar stock to 10 mM. A simple General Chemistry equation of M1V1=M2V2 and unit conversions were used (Thank goodness for those practice problems in Gen. Chem to prepare me for research!)

Hopefully tomorrow I will begin making my dye and sugar stock solutions along with my phosphate buffer. Thursday I will be joining the lab group at a chromatography conference, so make sure to check back to get a scoop on my experience there!

 
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Since I’m an intern, the company has been really flexible about what I need to accomplish. My supervisors ask me what areas I want to focus more on and work to get me involved. So, they’ve had me assisting with their product photoshoots and working with photo editing after. (This is great experience since I’ll be a staff photographer for HPU’s Campus Chronicle in the fall.)  They also had me dive right into Microsoft Exel, which I’ve never heavily used before. To keep me organized, I have to keep a log of the projects I work on and when they’re completed. I also learned that businesses have A LOT of meetings to make sure that the objective is clear and there’s nothing lost in translation.

 
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Published on May 25, 2012, by in Internships, Marketing.

Today I created a survey to send out to hundreds of previous ticket buyers for The Upstage Cabaret at Triad Stage. This survey is meant to get feedback on the past season, as well as being a source to see who our main customers are! This was a simple task for me because I learned how to create surveys in my Business Communications class at High Point University this past semester. Getting back survey results is really exciting and I look forward to seeing how everyone answers.

 
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By the third day into my creative sales internship, I’ve learned that brainstorming is a hit and miss. To truly come up with a myriad of ideas, you need to think on it on and off all day. The different moods you’re in can create different kinds of ideas, and this diversity is what helps the business the most. I’ve been planning a commercial for days now and I still feel like there are plenty of ideas out there waiting for me to write them down. I just have to hurdle that mind block first.

 
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Over the past week, I’ve been over going our Playbill for the upcoming show, The Illusion, which begins June 10 here in Greensboro, N.C.. There is a lot of preparation on the marketing side to get ready for this show! The playbill is an important aspect because it is seen by thousands of audience members throughout the run of the show, therefore, it has to be completely perfect before we can send it to the printers. The playbill is something all theater’s use as information for the audience, but also for advertising and displaying partnerships with other companies. So if I continue to work in the marketing field of theatre, this is something I will frequently run into.

To learn more about the company I will be doing marketing work for this summer, visit http://www.triadstage.com/