Manduca sexta larva more commonly known as the the Tobacco Horn Worm is used as a model organism here at Kenyon College. It is studied by Professor Itigaki, Kerkhoff and Gillen mostly, in order to better understand areas of their desired research. I currently am using these organisms, which grow 10,000 fold in size from their hatching to pupating stages, to study gut protein function. One of the senior Manducas decided to experience Kenyon life outside the lab on a Saturday evening earlier this summer.
Marvin the Manduca
I’m sitting in a Starbucks surrounded by people I have never seen before, which I guess is pretty par for the course in the real world but pretty easy to forget when you go to Kenyon.
I realize this is the second picture I've posted featuring a baby animal, but seriously, look what you can do if you join Archons!
My first and final post as a Kenyon alum (!)
While growing up in Nigeria, I never cared much about my hair. It was always an object to which something must be done. Looking back now, I can’t believe how oblivious I was to the ways in which my hair contributes to my awareness and understanding of myself. And, all this would not have happened if I hadn’t chosen to come to Kenyon.
Before Kenyon, I never had to worry about what to do with my hair. In Nigeria, you just have to walk to anyone living on any street and ask where the hair-dressers are. And, with the hair-dressers keeping stock of hairstyles and fashion trends, one’s hair becomes something that someone else can attend to. So, it is no surprise to see young girls and old women alike wearing their hair in so many different styles back home. Such was not the case I observed here.