Friday, July 22, 2016

July 22, 2016

Summer Research Institute has come to an end, library books may have been returned, PokemonGo Gym may have been conquered, and presentations have definitely been given.

Here's the proof: (And great job!)
Time-lapse and Simulation Quantification!

We're DONE!!!!!!!!

Picture time!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

July 21, 2016

Guest Appearances: Suzanne Wiese

Today Caleb and Nicole finished working on their presentation before going to lunch with all of the other groups in the Summer Research Institute. After lunch, Caleb and Nicole practiced the presentation exactly 10 times, one was with Suzanne Wiese in the audience.

For tomorrow:
Put stuff back where it belongs

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

July 20, 2016

Guest appearances: Justin Keister

Today Nicole continued taking data from Humboldt and Nicole permeameter. We were only able to collect data from the Humboldt once because it ran out of water due to the pump's tubing falling out of place. We collected various data from the Nicole permeameter and were able to develop a hypothesis explaining why our K values are different from each head. We believe it is caused by vibrations from when we unscrew the head levels. Nicole also worked on her poster.

Caleb finished his first draft of the presentation and fixed an error in his code.

To do:
Not practice the presentation ten times

Monday, July 18, 2016

July 18, 2016

Guest Appearances: Justin Keister, Dr. Forrest Stonedahl, Kerry Rogers MD

Today Caleb and Dr. Forrest Stonedahl worked on fixing an error in the Marked Image Comparison code that determines how well the Blue Detection is working. The second run seems to be not going as well, and there seems to be a method that may work better for it, because of lighting changes in the Timelapse pictures. We might add that in as a special case if we have enough time to do so.

Nicole took Humboldt measurements and also set up the Humboldt and Nicole Permeameters for tomorrow, and has also worked a lot on her part of the presentation.

For Tomorrow:
Caleb will work on getting the thresholds for the program.
Caleb will work on his presentation.
Nicole will take measurements

Friday, July 15, 2016

July 15, 2016

Guest appearances: Beau Howes, Dr. Forrest Stonedahl, and Justin Keister

Today was a big day. After taking data from the Humboldt permeameter we started the ant farm. The ant farm required us to take Q data points EVERY TEN MINUTES. While waiting Nicole worked on graphing each day's data from the Nicole permeameter so that the slope gave us the K value for the day. From that, we were able to calculate the standard error, standard deviation, and average.

Beginning of ant farm
Lots of minutes into the ant farm
Dr. Stonedahl working hard
Beau helping us research

Device we used to measure Q
To do:
collect Humboldt data
work on presentation

July 14, 2016

Today Nicole continued to take data from the Humboldt and the Nicole permeameter. Dr. Stonedahl began setting up the ant farm so that it can be run tomorrow morning. We had a short research day today because we visited Augustana College to discuss our research and learn about other undergraduate research.

Group research picture taken after our weekly lunch 
Discussing our research for about the eight time

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

July 13, 2016

Guest appearances:
Justin Keister, Noah Moraski, Shawn Jackson, Dr. JJ Straton, Mackenziw Clawson, Paul O'Connor, Dr. Robert Mitchell, Dr. Shyam Seetharaman

We took more permeameter measurements and celebrated Justin's birthday, 

Nicole worked on figuring out statistics stuff and finishing bar graph.

Caleb worked on Augustana slides, marked images for round 3, started a really long program and then power went out before it could finish.

Giving a hydrology lab tour!

Free Pie day at Village Inn!


Get Antfarm ready for Friday!
run Humboldt
run Nicole backwards