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This course studies how bioart blurs distinctions between science and art through the combination of artistic and scientific processes, creating wide public debate. It explores the history of biotechnology as well as social implications of this science.
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Update on Tech+Econ and Rough Draft of Paper

After meeting with Dr. Vesna this past week, we have decided to make a couple of updates. I decided that I was going to de-emphasize the AR and VR aspects from my section and Dan will be talking more about the effects of AR and VR. I also decided that I was going to make sure I wasn’t making too bold of predictions for my economic forecasts since this is a publication that we want to last. We are still going to continue with our order of submissions which as follows…

Group Update & Abstract

I was assigned to the health group for our final group project. There are quite a few of us in the group so we had to figure out how to create an order within the book between our individual chapters. Health is an extremely important topic right now as we are going through this unprecedented pandemic and there are so many different variables on health that we can talk about. As a result, my group has completely different topics so it took us some time to figure out an order for how our chapter would flow.

Final Draft Update

Here is my updated outline, with more links and discussion points. I will also be adding royalty free images and editing my points into a draft format during the course of this week. As I get a better idea of what the finished product will look like, I will communicate with my group so that we can have a presentation on Wednesday showcasing our cohesive chapter.

Final Update - Sound and Silence

My group, "Sounding the COVID-19 Protein", is the small group of me, Noah, and Yelena. Our topics have a pretty great flow to them and, together with Clinton from the other class, we hope to be able to produce some sort of performance/recording! Noah and Clinton will mainly use digital resources to sound the covid-19 protein, while Yelena and I will play our violins and translate sound from our violins into a digital setting to hopefully create something cohesive. Here is the order of our papers for the chapter: 

Final Update

After our conversation with Iman, we came to realize that we are actually quite a diverse group. While other groups are brought together by a general topic, our group is a wide variety of topics under the central theme of misinformation.

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.

Final Presentation- Misinformation Group Updates and Summary

I find it difficult to be write on my topic - Racial Inequalities: pseudoscience and art's contribution to modern racial health disparities- without acknowledging the events that have been unfolding over this past week. As I have discussed earlier in my project, the inequality and lack of basic humane treatment of the Black community is not new. It did not surface or begin with COVID-19, nor did it begin with the brutal killing of George Floyd. Rather, as Dr.

Week 9: Final Paper Updates

Our group will be tackling the impact of misinformation on the coronavirus response. The overall narrative flow of our subsection of chapters will begin with historical context and end with possible solutions to the problem. Firstly, the history of major pandemics will be examined in retrospect in an attempt to garner key lessons applicable to modern times and strengthen our ability to make important decisions without having all the information.

Week 9 Final Project Update

This week I have continued to work on my paper, structuring it further and organizing my evidence. I have also been coordinating with my group for our presentation and chapter as a whole. Because I am going first (in order of our chapter), I wrote a short chapter introduction, introducing food as it’s relevant to COVID-19. I am also working on my images for the final paper.

Week 9: Work and Group Update - "Misinformation"

 

For my personal work, I am halfway completed with my final paper, and below is the progress I've made with my draft although images may change depending on what I find is more interesting. Once I introduce the artworks, I will most likely take out some of these beginning images. For my group, we agreed on the following order to tell a story from the history of pandemics to a possible solution in the current times. The order is:

Week 9: Work and Group Update - "Misinformation"

 

For my personal work, I am halfway completed with my final and this below is the progress I've made with my draft although images may change depending on what I find is more interesting. Once I introduce the artworks, I will most likely take out some of these beginning images. For my group, we agreed on the following order to tell a story from the history of pandemics to a possible solution in the current times. The order is:

Week 9: Group Updates and Abstract

Our group was formally named Environment, Community, and Biomimicry. Since last week, we’ve renamed, or at least, reframed how we are presenting our research and projects together. Instead of organizing by scale, from smallest to largest ‘impact’, our idea is to organize through the lens of a reciprocal relationship between humans and the environment.

Week 9: Final Draft with images and group update

This week's blog contains the updates from our group (Health) and a draft of my final essay/chapter with the public domain images I intend to use. 

 

Group update

We have decided to rename our group to something like "Strategies for Maintaining Physiological and Mental Health During COVID19." We are going to split it into two sections with the following people in each (in this order):

Physiological Strategies 

Harrison Cheng - Herd Immunity

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