Inspecting Baboon Feces

My science class is dedicated to the study of baboons and their microbiomes.

We are able to do research because of a Dr. Archie, a biologist at Notre Dame.  Recently, my entire class has gone to Notre Dame to meet Dr. Archie and discuss how to analyze strips of DNA and learn about the bacteria that may be found in the baboons.

Dr. Archie has gone to Amboseli National Park in Kenya and has studied the groups of baboons living there.

Now, for an assignment, we are using Adobe Premiere to create a small video that contains the main points of the trip.  This video should express some of what we did during the field trip and what we learned.

This is the science building where my class conducted our experiment on the bacteria in baboon feces.  The experiment was led by Dr. Habig.

I was able to make these screenshots by dragging and dropping a video from the bin to the workspace.  Then, move the playhead to where I want to take a photo and click the camera button.  I saved it to a file and downloaded it on to the cite that you are currently reading. I did that six times and all these pictures come from my music video.

This is Dr. Habig and he is teaching us about the parasites that may live in the baboons’ microbiomes.
This is a more broad picture of the science building that we conducted our experiment in.
Dr. Archie is the one who makes our class possible with her research at Notre Dame. Dr. Habig helped us conduct our experiment.  Mrs. Harshburger and Mr. McNulty are our teachers who give us the privilege to go on trips like these.  They also supervised and planned them.
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This is a shot of my class walking down the hall to meet Dr. Archie.
This is Dr. Archie.  She is explaining her research and how the baboon’s microbiomes may affect their own behaviors or social skills.

This is my finished video.  If you want to learn more about how I created it then read my post about how Adobe premiere works.

After the opening page in my video, I put in clips of how the Notre Dame campus looks.  After that, I added a video of the science hall we were in and a small clip of us, meaning my class, walking into a building to meet Dr. Archie.

After Dr. Archie talked about her work and about her research on the baboons in Amboseli.  She explained how the baboons’ microbiomes are affected by their interactions with other baboons.  Those who interact more usually have more similar microbiomes than those who don’t usually interact. The social aspect of baboons has an effect on the microorganisms living inside them.

Then I added a little clip of Dr. Archie explaining what we were doing first.  Half of the group stayed and learned how to identify differences in DNA sequences. The other half was lead to another building to look at bacteria in baboon feces collected from the baboons in Amboseli National Park in Southern Kenya.

We used a microscope to look at the different bacteria and how certain bacteria may affect the baboons in certain ways.  I was able to identify both good and bad bacteria in my sample of baboon feces.

After each half of the class switched projects so that everyone was able to do both activities, we went to lunch at The Huddle which is a student center and a place to get food.

Lastly, we got to ask questions and listen to some college students who are majoring in some type of biology or was in the baboon seminar class when they were a freshman in high school.  I got a lot of good advice on what college to choose and how to adjust to college life when the time comes.

That was my day at Notre Dame.


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