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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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BLOGS

Blog Summary & Final Outline

My first blog post was titled, “Racial Spillover of COVID-19 – Art as Political Activism.” Since this was posted at the beginning of April, the true extent of the racial injustice and disproportionate impact of COVID-19 was just starting to come to light and splashed on the news media (Cruz). The virus itself as well as its secondary effects, such as economic and social injustices, have perpetuated deep harm to the Black community (Ebrahim 2020).

Blog Post: Psychoacoustic Perception and Looking Forward in the Course

Following the guest lecture from Siddarth Ramakrishnan, the idea of perception particularly stuck with me. More specifically though, in his lecture was the topic of relative perception, where external factors such as culture, language, and geography influence our perception, as well as internal factors such as variation in individual neurology and biology. It was fascinating to hear about how when Japanese students count, the motor areas of their brain light up on an EEG because they learn to count on an abacus.

Social Causes in the Age of COVID-19 + Final Outline

I was very excited to have our guest lecturer, Dr. Siddarth Ramakrishnan, speak to us this past week as I’m majoring in neuroscience, so the neural networks underlying how we perceive are of great interest to me. I have always been fascinated with how we, as individuals, perceive ourselves versus how we perceive others, which has had a large influence in the route I have taken in my education by adding a society and genetics minor.

Reflection of my Blogs and Looking Ahead to the Final (Outline)

As we are currently living through a pandemic, which has caused radical changes to our lifestyle, my blogs have revolved around the data, the science, and the impact of this disease. Since we are living in a world where we have such rapid transmission of information a lot of information that gets shared can be inaccurate.

Final Paper Draft and Blog Review

I enjoyed looking over my previous blogs as I began brainstorming on my final. At first glance there didn’t seem to be an underlying theme between each blog; however, I realized that each week I had reflected on how individuals react and deal with COVID-19 in relation to that specific weekly topic. I believe that this common theme ties well with my final, as I am focusing on the social psychology of individuals during COVID-19.

Extra Credit 1: Bringing biotechnology into the home by Cathal Garvey

This week, I had the opportunity to listen to a TEDx talk by Cathal Garvey on “Bringing biotechnology into the home” (Garvey “Bringing biotechnology into the home”). Cathal Garvey wants to bring biotechnology to the homes of individuals, outside of the traditional laboratory setting. He is the first licensed individual for genetic engineering in Ireland, and the creator of the blog Indie Biotech (Garvey "Indie Biotech").

Final Outline

I. Introduction 

a. Motivation behind researching the relationship between climate change and infectious disease

b. How the environment has changed in recent years 

c. How the total number of disease spreading and outbreaks has changed in recent years

II. Warming Climate 

a. Increasing temperature enables mosquitos to migrate to different regions and spread disease

b. Increasing procreation rate for the virus and mosquitos

Blog Recap and Final Outline: Psychology & Food Waste

Synthesizing Past Blog Posts

Looking over past blog posts there are a few notable patterns. As a Cognitive Science major, one of my academic interests is how humans process information and interact with the environment around them. One common trend that I have noticed within my blog posts has been a focus on how humans process and interact with other biological things. 

 

Bringing scientific knowledge to non-scientists: a duty of artists and scientists

Upon reading my previous blog posts, I found that on the surface, there was not much in common. In one post, I talk about cleaner air and Covid19 and the following week I move onto how the coronavirus has affected religious festivities. While these topics range from Renaissance art, to tigers, to capitalism, the over-arching theme in all of my posts is my desire for science to be a more common conversation among non-scientists. All too often, the conversation of science and how it affects our world is left to the scientists.

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