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Portable Water

I was very impressed and inspired after hearing Alia’s presentation on delivering water filters to remote villages that are in desperate need of clean water. Her story along with Professor Vesna’s lecture underscores the fact that water is such an integral part of everyone’s life. Just take a look at the environment around you and note the number of people using water bottles everyday.

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Harnessing The Power of Creativity

This week, I was blown away by the amount of creativity in our class. There were so many interesting projects that have so much potential to change the world. One of my favorite presentations was StressLet. Stress is an omnipresent part of everyone’s daily life. Whether we admit or not, it can be difficult to deal with stress. Perhaps one of the best ways to start managing stress is to actually know one’s stress level. This can be easily done using Stresslet, which measures cortisol levels via labeled antibodies that bind to cortisol and eliminated through urine.

How beneficial is Hydroponics?

After last week’s class, I was interested in learning more about hydroponics, as I had never seen a hydroponic garden being set up. I’ve realized it is much more complicated than my original understanding of hydroponics. It definitely goes way beyond just water and plants.

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LASERS (4/16/2015)

What a joy it was to attend LASER this past Thursday evening. One of my favorite talks was by the artist Miriam Simun who introduced her work as an interest in “creative disruptions”. To describe her work with such terminology was very unique and intriguing. The term “creative disruptions” almost seems like a contradiction. I normally would not associate creativity with disturbing something, but rather, the word creative has a connotation that is more along the lines of innovation.

The new Identity Card…a.k.a. feces???

Kathy High’s exhibit Waste Matters: You are My Future not only was visual stimulating but also challenged me to think about “stools” in ways I have never imagined before.  When I entered the art exhibit, I was taken aback by the display. Right in the middle of the room were 3 vats of stool samples sitting in honey. I’ve always thought stools were a very personal matter whose whereabouts should probably be confined to the bathroom. Thus, Kathy High’s prominent display was so shocking.

DIYbio & Foraging

Before I took this class, I had never heard of DIYbio. Sure I knew what DIY was (the really cool art projects on blogs or pinterest), and as a science major, I definitely knew what bio was, but I had no clue about DIYbio.  When I first heard this word, I thought it  referred to easy science experiments that anyone could do at home. Now, I’ve realized that DIYbio is much more sophisticated. 

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First Impressions

        When I first heard about this class, its focus on biotechnology and art, I was perplexed. My immediate thought was that these two things were completely unrelated. I suppose this is a natural reaction since throughout most of my schooling, I’ve been taught to treat different subjects as an isolated entity. In elementary school, there was always been “science-time”, “math-time” and so forth. These progressed into individual science, math, and various other classes in middle and high school.

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