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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Sounds In My Life

    Given the pandemic the sounds in my life are cyclic and repetitive. My days consist of studying, listening, to music and seeing a few friends. In recording sounds, I decided to focus on sounds in my life throughout a single day. I chose Sunday May 2nd to record the sounds I listened to that day.

Week 5 - The Sound of Home

The neighborhood I live in is surrounded by tall trees and lots of vegetation, my backyard included. We have a plethora of fruit-bearing plants, including citrus, apple, peach, fig, and grapes, to list a few. Of course, because of that, we also have a healthy variety of wildlife that pay our house a visit, including squirrels, opossums, and many many different birds, the last category being the subject of interest of this blog post.

The Power of Sound

     As someone who often gets very absorbed in whatever task they’re doing, whether it’s doing homework or playing with my dog, I sometimes completely drown out the noises that are going on around me. These noises, which I’ll call background sounds, are always present, but I rarely notice them.

Silent Sounds

            The first thing I noticed when looking for a recording was how relatively noise-free my environment is.  Aside from a few clocks and air cleaners, my house is very quiet.  I find that silence makes it easier to focus, especially on academic matters, and I usually turn to music when I want a distraction.  Thus, I live in two extremes – silence and music – and the small noises of my environment are often neglected.  I wanted to pay tribute to these in this blog.

The Interconnected Cycles In Weeks 1-5

In thinking about this course from the first day of class until now, I saw many overlapping concepts. I even saw some relationships to other course I am taking this quarter. I'm not surprised by this, since many concepts we have covered are designed to be fundamental overarching ideas in life. In my picture, I started with a large tree. This large tree represented the starting point of the course, wherein we discussed the magnificent pencil.

Sounds of Tranquility

As a musician, I have experienced firsthand how sound affects our lives. From a young age, I’ve been very much in touch with the sounds around me. I grew up learning the piano and violin, and I studied not just what sound was at its core, but also how it made us feel and what it made us imagine via the art of music performance.

Sounds have Great Impacts on Mental State

My most listened to song on Spotify every year is “White Noise to Help My Baby Sleep”, I listen to it while I study and one year listened to the song for over 80 hours! I have always found white noise helps me focus and drown out the other noises in the room but I have never thought about why it works so well. After some research I discovered that white noise is made up of all audible frequencies simultaneously which allows it to drown out outside sounds.

The Sounds that Define Individuality

Have you ever just closed your eyes and listened to the sounds surrounding your daily activities? I have always relied on my sight but not much so my hearing. With this assignment, I was given a chance to experience and perceive sound without the reliance on sight. Sound represents an essential part of life. Sound are a series of vibrations and propagating pressure waves that become nerve signals through the use of our ears. These nerve signals allow us to perceive the structure of sound. Other animals have different ways of interpreting sounds.

Is there a Neurobiological Explanation for Satisfying Sounds?

Sound has always seemed like an aspect of life that people take for granted. Even for me, I love listening to music, hearing the birds chirping around my house, but I never truly had a deep appreciation for sound. It provides a form of communication, it eases our stress, it allows us to express our thoughts through art. Before the lecture, I did not know the potential that sound had as an art form.

Midterm Recap

These past four-five weeks have been very eye opening for me within this class. Unfortunately, I have not been able to go to the past few lectures due to my conflicting work schedule, but thankfully the class is recorded, so I still have been caught up on the material. I really enjoy the wide range of content we cover in this class. From carbon to yeast to fungi, there are a multitude of areas I find myself gaining more knowledge in and, probably, would not have learned more about otherwise.

Science and Food

As a molecular, cellular, and developmental biology major, I found this physical science seminar particularly interesting since the study of biology coupled with the understanding of physics is a niche topic that still requires more exploration and research. I'm amazed at the work completed by Professor Andrew Pelling for persistently challenging the rules of conventional science and common practice in laboratory cell growth by extending proliferation to biomaterials.


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