Friday, October 18, 2013
This was my first voice casting, so I think I made some unusual inflections. However, Gergo and his colleagues were pleased. I had no hand in the research itself, but I must admit that I thoroughly enjoyed recording this with Gergo.
Update: 1 July 2015, I have lost access to the voice recording/presentation. Sad day.
Friday, December 7, 2012
In 1959, molecular biology was firing on all cylinders. There was a great interest in the Western world to describe the phenomena of the molecules of life. One of the epicenters of this fascination was in Paris at the Pasteur Institute. Jacques Monod and Franscois Jacob working in related departments brought their related expertise together, Monod bringing his understanding of the Lac region of the E. coli K12 strain and Jacob bringing his understanding of microbial genetics.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Here's a nice website with a table that shows what all these other letters represent.
And for you frequent FASTA readers that want to memorize the ambiguous DNA code, I've created a Quizlet for just that purpose.
Follow this link to enjoy all the tools on quizlet.com
Monday, January 17, 2011
Thursday, December 16, 2010
My first semester of blogging is over. Reflecting on the past months I can't remember what learning was like before this semester. I remember spending money on books just to sell'em and forgot'em after a couple months. I remember spending lots of time in Microsoft word trying to perfect my assignments for lots of classes. Everything I did was based on fitting professors requirements and getting the grade.
Now learning is very different to me. I like doing homework because there is something I can do to better the world around me. My education is fading from the me-centered, impress-the-teacher-to-get-the-grade sentiment to an attitude of improvement that lasts longer than the deadline. Case in point, to study for a final exam, I translated content from a PowerPoint lecture to a Prezi that I can invite my professor to edit. The Prezi will make his lectures a little more visually appealing, and it helped me study for the test. (I got a 95% on the final; I haven't completely got past caring about grades.)
Digiciv was a remarkable experience because it taught me to learn in a whole new way. The focus of a civilizations course is the history of civilization and at times I feel like a normal civ course would have been easier. In my other civ course, the grade was decided by three written exams that hurt my hand and the lectures beat my brain with boredom. However, I didn't have to do hardly anything, and I got the grade. Digiciv has taught me to keep on learning and to spread my knowledge. Education is not about stuffing my head with soon-to-be irrelevant facts just to dump them on a paper and forget them; education is about learning to make a difference in the world through whatever path I choose. I can't say that I have mastered all the historical content discussed in the course, but I've learned how to skim works and decide if it's worthwhile to share.
There is so much that I've been thinking about in context to this class so I made a Prezi to map my thoughts.
- MCAT Reformation - I really liked this post because it shows my efforts towards social discovery. I haven't published the group enough, but I figure that can come later when I'm not bogged down in finals. Just making the group was the first step and I really like the idea of saving a couple thousand dollars and helping other people do the same.
- Web 2.0 Project continues - The post wasn't absolutely amazing, but it had an applicable screenshot to make it a little less boring and it examines my opinions between two web 2.0 formats (blogs and wikis).
- Stupidity is Science + Sweet Stupidity - I liked these posts because first I like science; it's where I feel most comfortable. Secondly, I revisit an old idea on my blog in "sweet stupidity" and show an application of that idea (rereading research materials). It was nice to see my application of my own ideas.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
This video shows the internet to be the most powerful means of teaching children what they want to know. I think it validates Marshall McLuhan's idea that "the media is the message". Students around the globe are hearing the messages that interest them and if Sugata Mitra is right, then we really can change the whole world in a matter of years, in a single generation.