HRS177|Spring2016

Final Project Idea Rough Draft: No Face

What would it be like to interact in a world full of blank faces? What if you couldn’t recognize anyone you see or put a name to a face? Technically, you could still live a fairly normal life and no one would know that you had such a condition unless they asked. But as typical as life would appear on the outside, the life of a prospagnosic, an individual who is unable to identify and distinguish faces, is far from ordinary.

Hidden Behind Clear Plastic: Our Distancing From the Meat Industry

This weekend when I went to the grocery store I started in the fruits and vegetables area and then meandered over to the meats section. Normally I don’t pay much attention to the various assorted meats because I go straight for the packaged chicken breasts and then continue with my shopping. This time, though, I took my time examining all of the different meat selections that were offered. They were what you typically expected in terms of meat selections ranging from beef, to lamb, to poultry, to seafood.

Rough Draft for Final Paper-The Intersection of Communication and Identity

For my chapter, I would like to focus on the concept of "Communication," especially in terms of "Identity," for my part of the human experience.  I would like to build off of my own research that I did for my Honors Thesis and bring it into the biotech world, to make it both more accessible and modern.

Final Project (Very Rough) Draft (Really More of an Outline)

Sex itself exists at the intersection of science and art. On one hand, there is the image of sex that is presented in schools, to young adults: sex is biological, necessary, driven by hormones, and associated with consequences such as unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. At best, students are taught the anatomy of reproductive systems and learn the very basics of consent and penis in vagina sex, with some brief mention of other sexual orientations.

Innovative Capital and The Need for ArtTech in Learning Environments

The ArtSci Undergraduate Society had the opportunity to create and art exhibition titled Linear Perspectives-- inspired by the Basic Plasma Science Facility’s (BaPSF) Large Plasma Device (LAPD) at UCLA. Dr. Gekelman (who constructed the LAPD made a visit to the exhibition, and asked the students about the art pieces they constructed. It was great to see how open Dr. Gekelman was to the artistic liberties and interpretations of his scientific data.

Plasma: The Most Abundant State of Matter

This week we had the pleasure of attending LASER presentation at CNSI to hear experimental physicist Walter Gekelman speak, as well as an exhibit displaying student works inspired by his research. As Dr. Vesna had praised him throughout our previous lectures, I came in knowing that his work is mainly carried out through creating and manipulating plasma. 

Physics, Plasma & Painting...

This week’s visit to the CNSI gallery was rather interesting for me. I never took the opportunity to take physics in high school, so the mini lesson in physics really interested me in the subject. I had no idea that something so simple as attaching some metal to a magnet and a battery could create a motor! What intrigued me even more was the discussion with physicist Walter Gekelman. His work was highly abstract to me, but from the ideas I was able to grasp I am truly amazed.

Plasma and its natural phenomena as art

To me, one of the most interesting topics from Dr. Gekelman’s talk was about geomagnetic storms. Storms fascinate me in general: the way they form in nature, and the way that they are endlessly used as symbols in human art work. I think storms are one of the best examples of the inherent artistic quality of the natural and physical world. Physics is what explains general storms, so hearing about geomagnetic storms, and how utterly other they are, was fascinating.

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