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June 2010

June 01, 2010

This week has been off to a good start and Dr. Couchoud and I had the chance to sit down together and formulate the methods section and analyses of my aims. I am almost done with entering these edits and will be starting analysis using SAS with her on Friday (She is out of the city 2 days this week due to work travel). She is quite a busy person, I am honestly impressed at how she can do so many things at once!

 This past weekend I had a chance to relax and go to the Centre Pompidou  with my roommate Fanny and 2 of her friends and see the modern art exhibits and the newer feminist exhibit they have up. Some very interesting newer art by some more modern artists as well as many old works from Picasso. Took lots of pictures and finally found my camera upload cord so will post shortly:)

 This weekend my boyfriend is actually visiting from the US and we are going Friday eveining-Sunday to Piza Italy and then to La Spetzia Italy to meet up with one of my best friends and her Italian boyfriend who live there, so should be fun:)

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June 23, 2010

Last weekend, we went to Odaiba which is a large artificial island in Tokyo Bay, across the Rainbow Bridge from central Tokyo. It was constructed in the end of the Edo Period (1603-1868) for the city's protection against attacks from the sea.   It expanded during the 20th century as seaport district and has developed since 1990s as a major commercial and leisure area. 
Our trip started taking the Yurikamome elevated train at Shimbashi station. It uses the Rainbow Bridge to get to Odaiba, and we had nice views of the Tokyo waterfront area. When we arrived at Odaiba, we took a cruise that went around the island.
Main Attractions:
Fuji TV Building -- this is the headquarters of Fuji Television

A replica of the Statue of Liberty
One of the two beaches in urban Tokyo (swimming is not recommended)
Rainbow Bridge -- gateway that connects Odaiba to the heart of Tokyo
Ferris Wheel -- it is a 115 meter ferris wheel which is one of the world's largest one
At the end of the day, we ate Okonomiyaki which is a japanese-style pancake or pizza. It usually includes chopped cabbage, onions, shrimp, squid, fish, corn and more. I love it!!

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June 29, 2010

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This week at the Agence I am working on the interpretation of the results of my statistical analyses of the prevalent HIV patients in the REIN registry and also composition of an abstract for the APHA conference in November. The student liason from APHA said I can send the abstract directly to the chair of the epidemiology section and that they are looking forward to my submission.

 I also heard from the director of the USRDS US renal registry, Dr. Eggers, and he said he is reviewing my proposal this week and should hopefully approve it if all looks ok and I can move forward w/data request so that I can have it upon my return to Miami in 2 wks to begin analyses of US data w/Dr. Page, my other advisor.

 Dr. Couchoud was out of town until today due to a nephrology conference she had in Germany but will be continuing to teach me analyses in SAS this week.

I think I still have much to learn in this next 2 wks in terms  of SAS analysis but overall have made good progress.

 This past weekend I just relaxed and explored some of paris and went to the Place d'Italie district,which is the Italian and Chinatown of paris and got some interesting fruits and vegetables.

I have also attached some pics of the area where I live, the Invalides, and my work:)


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