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Free Weekend in Mooloolaba

For our third weekend in Australia, we were able to head to Mooloolaba, Queensland for three nights. Mooloolaba is a coastal suburb on the Sunshine Coast. The cohort had a great time relaxing at our large rented house through AirB&B and exploring the coast. We went on a sunset cruise and spent a day on the beach when the sun finally came out. Overall, we had a great time bonding and taking a break from school to further experience Australia.

Students were delighted to see welcome cookies after getting soaked on the walk over from the bus to the AirB&B.

Moreton Bay Field Work

Our cohort spent four days in Moreton Bay doing field work for our research projects. We were grouped into four different teams that had a range of focuses from seagrass ecosystem health, seagrass carbon storage, BlueROV seagrass image analysis, and coral health modeling. We spent countless hours taking water samples starting before sunrise and ending after sunset. After battling through sickness, tight living quarters, adverse weather conditions, technical difficulties, and necessary updates in our research projects; we managed to collect useable data that we can analyze.

Academic Enrichment on Eastern Australian Islands

On Friday, June 28th, students from Oceanography Australia boarded a bus and headed up the coast. Saturday morning we woke up early and took a ferry over to Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world where we spent the day on an adventurous guided bus tour. On Sunday we took small planes to Lady Elliot Island where we spent the day exploring the water and snorkeling before returning to Brisbane in the late evening. 

Adventures of Our First Week

Between academics this week, our cohort toured Queensland University of Technology robotic vision research lab and Matthew Dunbabin’s lab. This is where we got our first glimpse of the technologies that we will be using to collect water samples for our research projects at Moreton Bay next week. We also got the opportunity to explore the Aboriginals’ history and culture at the Spirits of the Red Sand evening experience. Dinner was served after the live theatre show using the Aboriginals’ spice recipe which allowed us to delve deeper into the cultural experience.

 

First Weekend in Brisbane

After a fourteen and a half hour plane flight to Brisbane, we as a cohort began settling in to our new environment. To get a taste of the Australian culture, we went to a local night market that is hosted every weekend and we visited the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. We got the opportunity to explore new, unique foods at the market. We also got to see animals that are native to the Australian land such as koalas, emus, and kangaroos.

 

Students in Oceanography Australia

As our first few days in Brisbane, Australia come to end, Keely and I had the opportunity to interview and take pictures of all of the students in the cohort. Each student discussed what they were most excited for, what their biggest fear coming into the new country was, and what was their favorite item that them brought with them. The following are pictures of all of the students and what they said in the interview.

 

Perth, Final Chapter

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Rottnest Island

Bioengineering Nepal: Blog Post 5

My fellow University of Washington students and I have just finished up our first round of presentations on our three-week health care needs assessment of Nepal.  This morning, feeling some pre-public speaking jitters, my classmates and I awoke from only several hours of sleep (many of us worked late into the night to ensure our presentations were as good as they could be). I wore a nice navy collard shirt, kakis, street shoes, and I made sure to have a nice clean shaven face.  All of my fellow UW students also independently dressed to impress in a professional setting.  Furthermore, in our

Bioengineering Nepal: Blog Post 4

I know that I said that I would construct my next blog post once the first round of presentations on our project were over, but I couldn’t resist writing another one after today.  

Bioengineering in Nepal: Post 3

I have nearly finished my third full week in Nepal. Presently I am eating dal bhat (lentil soup with rice) and watching the tapered rice paddies and scattered houses in the distance, as I sit in our hotel lobby. You’d think that at this stage of the trip I would be reflecting on my time in this far away country, given the impeding return trip to the states in four days, but I do not have time to do that.

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