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It was so cool to speak at Youtheca’s Global Youth Extracurricular Fair in Seoul, South Korea on August 3rd! It was so exciting to see so many young kids doing incredible things, and it was so great to spread the message of following of your passion! Big shout outs to Victor Choi and Minae (our guide) and everyone with Youtheca for making this incredible trip happen.
Otherwise, we went to the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea yesterday! We went to Imjingak, where we saw the Freedom Bridge and the Peace Bell, where POWs were given back after the armistice was signed separating the North and the South. We then went to the Third Tunnel, which was tunnel discovered by the South that was being built by North Korea to launch an attack on Seoul. We were able to go down and walk through the tunnel and see through the barricades to the North Korean side of the tunnel. Afterwards, we went up to the Dora Observatory, where I took a picture with a busy looking guard and saw a beautiful sprawling view of the border to North Korea. In two border cities, there had been a competition in raising each of their own flags higher than the other, and North Korea won at a height of 60 m. It was so cool to scan the landscape and see the two flags, with the North Korean flag just a little higher than the South Korean. We weren’t allowed to take pictures from the observatory though, because the flash may be interpreted as an act of aggression and possibly trigger shootings or violence. We wrapped up our trip by visiting the Amethyst Center, where we were able to purchase some Korean amethyst, which is one of the strongest kind in the world, before we were dropped at the Seoul City Hall. There was a K-pop concert going on, so we were able to stand and watch for a while before we headed home. We grabbed dinner with Minae and her wonderful mother, Sophie, at a modern Korean restaurant in Gangnam, where my mom got miso soup and I got a dish with dried, cured fish from a certain province of South Korea mixed with green tea, rice, and kimchi.
Yesterday, we traveled on our own around Seoul on the public subway system, and managed to not get lost! Our first stop was Namsan Tower, a communication and observation tower with beautiful panoramas of all of Seoul. After walking up part of the mountain from the train station and then taking a cable car up the rest of the way, we enjoyed lunch with a beautiful view of the sprawling city before heading all the way up where we could see all the modern buildings of Seoul with small clearings of traditional architecture of palaces and Korean Folk Villages. We headed down at around 2 PM, and headed to Gyeongbokung Palace, where we grabbed a quick tour about the Josean dynasty and their history in the palace. After that, we headed over to the Presidential Blue House (where the South Korean President resides) and the Korean Folk Museum before heading back.
It’s been such a wonderful trip! I can’t yet believe that we head back today, but I’m excited to head home, finish up this summer at the National Institutes of Health, and then move myself into Dunster House with my amazing roommates!! Thank you again to Youtheca, and everyone who made such an incredible trip possible!
Woo, lots of exciting stuff going on the past few weeks.
First off, it was such an honor to be named of Business Insider’s 20 Most Impressive Kids at Harvard right now.
Secondly, TEDxGateway was absolutely amazing. It was such a great opportunity to meet some people who are really changing the world. Definitely check out the video below.
Besides that, it was so cool to get a shoutout from the White Hosue in their new College Scorecard Campaign (http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/education/higher-education/college-score-card)
And to have a story in the Bangalore Mirror by Nikhil Ravishankar (http://www.bangaloremirror.com/printarticle.aspx?page=comments&action=translate§id=128&contentid=20130210201302102043304854b2c574a&subsite=)
Before he passed away of cancer, my grandfather used to keep a calendar from a magazine company by his TV. Every time we would visit India, we would take him other calendars but he never took his SPAN calendar magazine down. 5 years later after his passing, I wish he was here to hang this one up by his TV.
So incredible honored to be invited as a speaker and excited to be a part of TEDxGateway 2012 in Mumbai, India! Many thanks to the amazing people at TEDxGateway for bringing everything together!
Check it out: http://tedxgateway.com/2012/
June 26, 2012
CERN. The European Center for Nuclear Research. A powerhouse for scientific research in the area of particle and theoretical physics renowned all over the world. And my destination for the next 10 days as a part of my prize from the Google Science Fair.
I sat in the DFW Airport drumming my fingers against the side of the chair waiting for the moment when the announcer’s voice would come on and tell us that flight AA 26 from DFW to London Heathrow was ready to start boarding. It was 4:35 PM, such a normal flight time. We, my mother, father, and brother and I, divied up our seating arrangements and with me sitting beside the window and next to my brother, we were off. I remember reading an entire book before I closed my eyes and I was out.
When I woke up, the pilot’s voice was speaking in soothing tones over the intercom, announcing our entry into London. Looking down, I could see the lush green lawns and meadows of the England countryside, complete with one large field with the five Olympic rings mowed into it – a reminder of the upcoming 2012 London Olympics coming up in the next month. Within a few weeks, this city would be buzzing with sports fanatics and athletes alike. I closed my eyes again as the wheels touched against the ground.
From our gate, it was a mad rush to make our connecting flight. Handed bright orange boarding pass holders at the disembarkation point of the first flight, we were rushed hurried through what seemed like miles of hallways before loading up onto a plane and making it to our next gate to catch our British Airways flight from London to Geneva.
We made it with a few minutes to spare. We sat for a few minutes before the boarding begin and we loaded onto our seats at the back of the plane. Seated again by the window and next to my mother, I vaguely awoke at takeoff before I closed my eyes and it was again darkness.
12:55 PM. As the wheels touched down on the runway, I looked out the window to see green mountains rising in the distance, their peaks, covered in a soft misty fog. The pilot came on the intercom welcoming us to Geneva and wishing us the best for our journey wherever it may take us. We were here.
Geneva was the perfect temperature. Not too hot, like Fort Worth and the weather I was used to. And not too cold, either. Within minutes of grabbing our bags off the claim, we met Silvano, the communications director of CERN who had been a major hand in planning this entire trip for me and my family. With his gray hair in a ponytail and his eyes twinkling, I was excited to finally meet him after all the emails we had exchanged. We piled everything into the black rental car Silvano had gotten and made our way to the hotel.
The Swiss countryside seemed to unfold around us, with large meadows of green alternating with cleanly manicured fields of crops. Silvano explained that the road we were on would lead us through CERN and into France, where the hotel we were staying at was located. My first glimpse of CERN came at the globe, a sphere made of metal links. It was there for a moment and then we were past. Next thing I knew we were through an unmanned customs point and into France. It had taken all of ten minutes, a drastic departure from Texas where you could drive for 5 hours and still be in the same state. In Switzerland, Silvano laughingly said, you could drive for 3 hours and cross the country completely. In fact, with CERN lying on the border between Switzerland and France, Silvano mentioned that just going to the bathroom from his old office would take him into a different country. Crazy.
The French countryside was every bit as beautiful, with sprawling fields of green through which only a few roads cut. Our hotel, a holiday inn reminiscent of home, was nestled in the foothills of the mountains which rose up only a few miles away. It was so picturesque. After checking in and scarfing down a quick lunch of noodles and fish and some unidentified but delicious food products, we went up to our rooms. I decided to take a quick nap and shut my eyes.
It was a few hours later when I opened them. Feeling exhausted but ready for dinner, we texted Silvano and in a few minutes we were headed into downtown Geneva for dinner, seeing Lake Geneva on the way. We picked Ristorante Pizzeria for dinner, an authentic Italian place, and over a delicious dinner of pasta and the best pizza ever and tiramisu, we got to know more about CERN and about the exciting trip we were going to take from Silvano.
Finished with dinner and after claiming the rental car from the parking garage after some problems with a lost ticket, we drove Lake Geneva once more, this time with a spout of water reaching the sky in the middle of the lake. We decided to walk out to it, and as we went, Silvano explained the history of the spout as a symbolic reminder of a water pump malfunction from more than 50 years ago when the water pumps of a renowned diamond cutter’s factory backwashed water 40 feet into the air. Just as we were walking out to the fountain, the spout was turned off and the white light which had played on the water jet went out.
We walked back on the pier in relative darkness and got back into the car, before Silvano drove us back to our hotel. As we staggered into our rooms, we all crashed immediately, getting ourselves ready for our day tomorrow. But overall, it’s been a wonderful first day. Good night.
So I’ve been a little behind on updating on getting videos up, but here is the link to a recent TEDx talk I got to give while I was with my older brother in the Galapagos:
Also, here’s a video of the highlights of the presentation I got to give with Dr. Basu at the Austin Forum back in March:
If you want to see the entire Austin Forum video, look up Shree Bose Austin Forum on YouTube and the entire talk is uploaded in parts. Also, I will be working on getting the talk I got to give at UNTHSC’s recent outreach event and the short talk I got to give at the Teal Tally up in the next few days, so be looking out for that.
Whoa, there’s been a lot going on!
First off, my high school graduation was yesterday! Congratulations to the Fort Worth Country Day Class of 2012! It sure has been a ride, and I really couldn’t ask for a better graduating class. It’s off to be bigger and better things from here.
Also, the other day, I’ve had some pretty exciting speaking opportunities lately! From getting to give a keynote speech at the UNT Health Science Center where I did all my research to getting up in front of ovarian cancer survivors in Grapevine, TX as a part of the Teal Tally, it’s been such an honor to get to see all sides of what my work has affected – inspiring younger kid and hopefully making steps forever in taking care of those affected by the terrible disease of ovarian cancer.
Other than that, I’m headed off to Harvard this fall (finally committed), and I’m so excited to be interning this summer, traveling to CERN in Geneva, and, of course, judging the next Google Global Science Fair. Here we go.
Being a part of President Obama’s second ever White House Science Fair was such an honor! I got to set up in the White House, presented to some incredible scientists including Dr. Harold Varmus of the National Cancer Institute, met other science fair winners, and sat next to and took selfies (self pictures) with Bill Nye the Science Guy! Bill Nye who I grew up watching and who taught me the states of matter!!
YAY. TEDx WOMEN 2011! Skip to 6:30 for me. Getting to be on the stage with Lauren Hodge (winner of 13-14 age category) and Naomi Shah (winner of 15-16 age category) and in a TEDx event was such an amazing honor.
Thank you to the entire TED team and Google who made it possible.