From the past several weeks, one of the main messages I have taken from this course was how much the world around us is interconnected to us and influences us in more ways than we may be conscious of. I decided to look into ways art or beauty around us is connected to psychology or neuroscience. Since psychology/neuroscience is quite similar to my major, cognitive science, and it is already something I am interested in, I wanted to head in that direction in terms of connecting art to biotechnology.
These past few weeks in art and biotechnology class we have talked extensively about the biochemical and physical connectivity that can be reflected through art. Mycelial networks connect us to the natural universe on a fundamental level, carbon structures in graphene connect us to the organic affinities we share with pencil drawing as a reflection of our present experience, and Chinese zodiacs connect us with the Hox gene and distinct genetic developmental trajectories.
Yeast: A Double-Edged Sword
One of the most interesting topics to me this year has been our week of investigating bread. So many things about bread and its history were unknown to me before, so for my final investigation I'd like to dive deeper into the history of bread, the biochemistry of bread, and look into the materials in a more complete nature that were assigned to us as well as finding my own sources. The fact that bread is so widespread in different cultures and such a basic staple to many makes me want to understand it in a deeper way.
My parents have always been an “art couple”; they went to Europe on their honeymoon and spent their dates walking through old museums, admiring sculptures and architecture, and fostering an appreciation of art within me from a young age (even when I would have rather gone to a playground than a stuffy art museum when I was a little kid). My mother and grandmother were also painters in their youth, and my house is full of original paintings and portraits completed by them.
For the final project for this class, I plan on writing about the crossroads between art and medicine. So much of my life has revolved around learning some form of art. As a child, I grew up with a strong appreciation for music, a form of “sound art” as well as a penchant for building various gadgets and toys, which I consider a form of visual/3D art.
In the beginning of this class, we talked about how we have a very musical student body present in this lecture. I was really looking forward to learning more about the science behind sound and music. The lecture a few weeks ago left me wanting more – I so enjoyed hearing and guessing everyone’s sounds! I learned so much about sound from reading other’s blog posts and listening to their stories, and I am curious about what other aspects were not explored. Thus, I want to expand on these themes in my final paper.
With hundreds of meat options in stores all coming from farms across the United States, the idea of artificial meats grown in cell culture seems daunting but economical. Over 94.4 million cattle and 504.5 million chickens populate the United States alone. The idea of cultured meats provides solutions for land usage and produced crops for growing these animals as commodities in grocery stores.
For my final paper topic, I would like to end right where we began - with carbon. Indeed, carbon is a very unifying substance (perfect to tie together the topics in this class), as it is practically everywhere. Carbon is in all of our food, in every plant and tree, in every animal, and of course, it is the element that holds our DNA together. Who we are at the most intrinsic level is literally written with a carbon alphabet.
For my final paper, my main focus will be centered on the contributions of model organisms towards scientific research. Of course, there are many model organisms that have been used throughout the history of research, and it can be assured that all of them are important for the advancement of scientific knowledge. However, there are far too many to give ample and adequate descriptions of. Therefore, within my paper, I plan to focus the most on a few key organisms, highlighting their specific uses/contributions, as well as emphasizing their importance.
I’ve always been beyond intrigued with the relationship of music and medicine, specifically the use of music in the operating room. I remember the first time I encountered a picture of a man undergoing surgery to remove a brain tumor while simultaneously playing the violin. It is amazing to see the wondrous abilities of the human body in addition to the wondrous effects music can have on the human body. Thus far, we were able to explore the intersectionality of frequencies and the rhythm of the human heart.
My final paper will focus on the affective perception on to the world we see. Here I will analyze and comment on the different methods where the perception may be impacted through use of art, pharmaceuticals, pathophysiology, and etc. Through this quarter one of the most significant themes that arose for me was the importance that perception albeit different individuals, there is much larger portion where it's shared by society. I think this is where the idea of culture, group identity, or tribe comes from.
The beauty behind Art-Sci is how you can take various artistic directions within the field of STEM in order to express yourself or highlight/ elaborate on a specific topic or field. Because of the vast possibility and directions within Art-Sci, we see such amazing final topic ideas as proposed by our class on this site.