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Extra Credit 1: COVID-19 Global Impacts: Healthcare & Biomedical Research

[I had written this blog last week, when the anti-racism movement (and anti-discrimination movement as a whole) had just begun. I am proud to see how much of the country has strongly stood up against these institutionally-rooted issues, and I will continue to do my part in any way I can. I hope everyone stays safe and healthy!]

COVID-19 Global Impacts: Healthcare & Biomedical Research - UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy

Week 9: Final Paper Draft, Updated - Is Herd Immunity on the Horizon?

[I substituted public domain images to my current work and added a section elaborating on COVID-19 mutations. In terms of group updates, we finalized the order and subsections of our book and are excited to begin to put everything together! We will discuss our progress during class on Wednesday.]:

Few expected the new decade to begin like this.

Week 8: Final Paper Draft - Is Herd Immunity on the Horizon?

Few expected the new decade to begin like this.

The COVID-19 pandemic has seemingly turned the entire world upside down. Thousands are dying each day from implications tied to the virus, and tens of thousands more are infected simultaneously. Those of us who are fortunate enough to have not had direct experience with the disease anxiously quarantine ourselves at home, yearning for the day when life returns to normal. This day may be hinged on our development of herd immunity against the otherwise potent virus.

Week 8: Self-Portrait

Self-Portrait

I drew two intersecting lines: one shorter, thicker line (with positive slope) to represent my optimist views and one longer, thinner line (with negative slope) for my pessimist side. The optimist line signifies a strong sense of hope that demonstrates our determination to overcome contemporary hardships, and the pessimist line depicts a greater (but very doable) set of obstacles that are to be resolved.

 

Week 6: Self-Sustainability (or Lack Thereof) in Biosphere 2 and in Quarantine

By definition, a self-sustaining system is one that can operate independently and can maintain its status quo (or even thrive) without any external support. That was clearly the expectation for Spaceship Earth’s Biosphere 2 (Figure 1), the science research facility located in Oracle, Arizona, in the late 1900s (University of Arizona). It was built as a ‘bubble’ that artificially enclosed all of Earth’s seven biomes, from rainforests to deserts, and attempted to mirror the natural phenomena of Earth, or Biosphere 1.

Week 4 / Midterm Proposal: Is Herd Immunity on the Horizon?

Few expected the new decade to begin like this.

The COVID-19 pandemic has seemingly turned the entire world upside down. Thousands are dying each day from implications tied to the virus, and tens of thousands more are infected simultaneously. Those of us who are fortunate enough to have not had direct experience with the disease anxiously quarantine ourselves at home, yearning for the day when life returns to normal.

Week 3: Remembering our Rabbits and Rats

As someone with a strong Taiwanese background, I am constantly reminded that I am a rabbit, particularly around Lunar New Years. Chinese zodiac signs commonly surface as a topic of lighthearted discussion at our family gatherings as we compare animal signs and jokingly examine how much we align with the personality and character traits assigned to our animals (Fig. 1). It is always interesting to read about my compatibility with another individual’s sign, or my fortune in the upcoming year of the rat.

Week 2: The Necessity of Eating – and Baking – Bread

“Fresh bread!” Coming from a Taiwanese background, I heard this phrase all too often as the workers at the 85 Degrees Bakery announced their newest batch. When my brother and I are back home from college during the summers, my family would come here often to enjoy delicious bread reminiscent of the aroma of our home country. While eating bread can be viewed as a luxury, bread is a staple (and in many instances, a necessity) in many cultures in the past and present.

Notes: Week 2

Taiwan's response to COVID-19: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAaDC0lv13s​

  • Reacted quickly, as early as Nov 2019
  • Fewer than 400 cases

Celebrating 50 years of Earth Day - April 22nd, 2020

Bread, corn, and rice

  • Main staples that feed our planet
  • Undergone many GMOs

Bread

Week 1: Art and its Expression of Biotechnology

In the world we live in today, and especially now, biotechnology and its advancement appear to be more crucial than ever before. Researchers are under constant pressure to dissect the COVID-19 virus and formulate a vaccination to halt the spread of the pandemic, while the general public anxiously awaits amidst the calls for physical distancing and constant sanitation. However, what is often overlooked in science is its portrayal to the common audience.

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