Jun 13, 2013, 2:16 PM
Post #44 of 55
Graduation Day 13 June 2013
It’s otficial – Dr Misa Rodríguez MD
Tempus fugit -- It seems just a month or so ago when Misa was graduating from high school and sweating his admission to medical school – 1000 applicants for 90 seats. Today he graduated number 4 in his class. His girlfriend was number 1 Just like Nery’s girlfriend was number 1 in their class. The guys sure know how to pick the smart ladies.
Each student in one of his senior year classes was required to interview a patient, make a complete medical workup, and make an oral report to the class. Misa chose me as his patient because I have a lot of problems he could report on. He got extra credit for being able to conduct the interview entirely in English. I was proud of my small part in his English skills.
It will be a few more days before it’s officially Dr Alex Uribes DVM.
His research project is done, and his thesis has been accepted – but not without a fight. Therein lies a strange tale.
Alex did his senor intern at a large corporate dairy farm. At the end of his intern time, he approached the management with an idea for his theses research project. His idea was rejected, but the company suggested another idea they were interested in studding. The company offered to pay all the lab costs and to provide a small stipend to Alex during the 6 to 8 months the project would run..
The farm is owned by a large agribusiness that specializes in manufacturing and selling dairy equipment – milking machines, milking parlors, turnkey installations, heard management software, etc. They also market a feed supplement designed to increase milk production (volume) and quality (butter fat content). This was the subject of Alex’s research.
After 8 months of data collection, Alex crunched the numbers. The moment of truth – the product doesn’t work!
Management blamed Alex’s methodology and insisted the instrumentation was faulty. But their own technical staff said Alex’s work was proper, and the instruments were in proper calibration.
Next corporate headquarters sent their lawyers to pressure the school to reject the thesis. The school displayed considerable backbone by refusing. The school said the research and the thesis have been reviewed and accepted. After more back and forth, the school agreed not to publish the thesis, marking it proprietary.
No word on the fate of the feed supplement.
A year ago Nery graduated from college witja a degree in computer science. After a very successful internship at CFE, he was told that CFE wished to hire him. But for a variety of reasons, the call never came. He couldn’t find a computer job, so he went to work on a large (1000 cows) dairy working on a feed supplement research project very much like what Alex was doing. The big difference is this product actually works.
But all that is about to be past history for Nery because the CFE call has finally come. He goes to work in the CFE IT department next month.
A VERY HAPPY CAMPER.
(This post was edited by Rolly on Jun 13, 2013, 3:10 PM)