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year of the rabbit

Although as a 1994 baby, I was technically born during the year of the dog, for our intents and purposes, I will pretend to be a rabbit!

“When I think of a rabbit, I think of timidness.”

water: a human right

I really enjoyed how last week’s lecture focused on all of the different ways humans have relationships with water. I really hadn’t considered the innumerable roles that water plays on the planet, ranging from an ancient symbol of life to a means of transportation. Perhaps most fundamentally, water is absolutely necessary for human life. After all, most of what we’re made of is in fact water!

ethics of beekeeping

I recently made the transition from a vegetarian to a vegan diet and have been pleasantly surprised with how (relatively) easy the change was. That is, with one exception: honey. I would consider honey one of my favorite foods and while I only mildly miss eggs and dairy, honey is something that I can’t imagine saying goodbye to.

what does the plant say?

This week’s class delved into the multi-faceted nature of the plant, from its role in the human diet and society, to its proposed self-awareness. While I really found everything we discussed to be quite interesting, what really got me thinking is this idea that plants have a sense of awareness that extends beyond what most of us could ever imagine.

kathy high: exploring relationships

Between listening to Kathy High’s lecture on Tuesday and then viewing her gallery during class on Thursday, this week had me thinking quite a bit about the relationships between us as humans and animals, our microbiota, and yes, even feces. One topic that Kathy touched on during her lecture was concerning the possible roles of transgenic animals.

of mushrooms and men

My Life Sciences 1 class recently taught me that fungi are neither plants nor animals, however Peter Lu’s project showed me how these organisms can in fact be art. Peter Lu’s exhibit titled “Mushroom Solo Show” was unlike anything I have ever experienced. The exhibit itself was constructed in a room concealed by a full black curtain, invisible unless you ducked under the small opening.


Thursday’s class regarding DIYbio and its varying applications really made me second guess the way biology (and science in general) is perceived in our society. Just as Mary and Mick pointed out, aside from the plastic “science kits” one can find in the toy aisle, scientific experimentation is reserved for an ultra-specific class of people: the experts.

first impressions

Looking back, I think my first exposure to BioArt came from paging through National Geographic or Time magazines and stopping to stare at the incredibly colorful and intricate close-up images of grains of pollen, viruses, or microscopic organisms. Although I’m still trying to understand what specifically defines BioArt, what I love about the concept is the way in which it makes science accessible.

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