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Something Out of This World

Listening to Dr. Walter Gekelman speak last week, I was in awe. I am a Geography major, so most of the terms, concepts and ideas he brought up were all unfamiliar to me. It was difficult to keep up at times and try to follow what he was saying, but I managed to write down key words that stood out to me so I could follow up and do further research on them.

Respect the ENTIRE Biosphere

            Larry Carbone’s, Animal Welfare in the laboratory A Case Study in Secular Ethics of Human-Animal Interaction, was a very intriguing read. Animal Welfare is a very sensitive topic and though it is talked about often, I feel like I haven’t read an approach to Animal Welfare similar to Larry Carbone’s. He breaks it down to what Animal Welfare essentially comes down too. He breaks down this complicated and complex issue and just gets straight to the key challenges.

B.R.E.A.T.H.E. Rings – Brain Reaction Evaluator and Tracker of Hormone Efficiency

Feelings of irritability, moodiness, forgetfulness, and isolation – what do they all have in common? Chronic stress. It seems like stress has become such a common trait of our human lives. NPR conducted a national poll with the help from associates at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health and found that “more than 1 in every 4 Americans say they had a great deal of stress in the previous month. And half of all adults say they experienced a major stressful event in the past year.


This past week has been filled with so much adventure for our honors class! Again, our class went beyond the typical class setting and… actually left the class setting! Collectively, we walked on over to the UCLA ArtSci Gallery to dive head first into Toni Dove’s realm of interactive virtual reality. According to her website, Toni Dove live and works in New York. She began her work in the 1990s, producing “unique and highly imaginative embodied hybrids of film, installation art and experimental theater”. Her work is extraordinary.

I'm a Rat AND I am Proud

This past class was absolutely amazing! I have to admit, I have never enjoyed or paid attention to a class as much as I did last week. The topic alone was enough to grab my attention, but the fact that we were able to actually eat the food we were talking about made me even more attentive. I am confident I left class with a full stomach, and a semi full understanding of the Chinese zodiac signs.

A Field of Endless Opportunities

            Before I jump in to speak about the amazing lecture given by Mike Lorusso last week, I wanted to discuss a couple of connections I made from what I learned last week to the week previous to that. One of the more important things I wanted to address is the idea mentioned in last weeks readings about the limited number of bioart galleries/projects that are accessible to the public . Upon first reading about bioart, I immediately felt the need to share it with other people!

Exploring the wonders of Biotechnology and Art - HOW IS IT POSSIBLE

            The class title “Biotechnology and Art” was enough to make me jump up and down in my seat. I have spent four years of my life taking a million different classes across campus – from north campus to south campus. Despite this, I have never been able to study anything I have been passionate about one hundred and ten percent.

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