Articles by Bar Yosef

Bar Yosef is a first year Physiology & Neuroscience major in Marshall College. She is specifically interested in studying memory and behavior. Bar enjoys skiing, hiking, and going to the beach! She also loves to read, watch movies, and listen to music.


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NO FREE WILL

BY BAR YOSEF| SQ ONLINE WRITER | SQ ONLINE (2016-17) ____________________________________________________________________________ Are humans just a bunch of neurons? Are we just another primate? These questions guide the research of Dr. Robert Sapolsky. A professor of biology, neurology, and neurosurgery at Stanford, Sapolsky splits his time between being a laboratory neurobiologist and a primatologist in a park in…

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Malignant Snowflakes

BY BAR YOSEF| SQ ONLINE WRITER | SQ ONLINE (2016-17) ____________________________________________________________________________ Generation snowflake: noun informal, derogatory “the generation of people who became adults in the 2010s, viewed as being less resilient and more prone to taking offence than previous generations.” The term likely originates from the 1996 book and subsequent film Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk. In the…

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A Voice for Science

BY BAR YOSEF| SQ ONLINE WRITER | SQ ONLINE (2016-17) ____________________________________________________________________________ Today, there is only one PhD scientist in Congress. Bill Foster, the Democrat from Illinois, is a member of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology and the “go-to-guy for both parties when it comes to technical scientific matters,” which unsurprisingly come up often for a…

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March for Science: The Spread of the Scientist/Activist

BY BAR YOSEF| SQ ONLINE WRITER | SQ ONLINE (2016-17) ____________________________________________________________________________ On Earth Day, 15,000 people gathered in downtown San Diego and marched from Civic Center Plaza to Waterfront. When asked why she marched, middle school science teacher Kimberly Carpenter said, “So many things.” And the signs carried by the marchers reflected this. Signs included remarks about…

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From Transplant Organs to Interspecies Chimeras: An Interview with Dr. Jun Wu

BY BAR YOSEF| SQ ONLINE WRITER | SQ ONLINE (2016-17) ____________________________________________________________________________ In the January 26, 2017 issue of Cell, Salk Institute scientists reported on their breakthroughs in interspecies chimeras. Chimeras are organisms with organs of different species. The paper, whose first author is staff scientist Dr. Jun Wu, featured explanations of the scientists’ success in growing a…

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Create Your Own Baby: The Future of Human Embryonic Gene Editing

BY BAR YOSEF | SQ ONLINE REPORTER | SQ ONLINE (2016-17) ____________________________________________________________________________ Imagine walking into Oceanview Terrace, UCSD’s newest dining hall, and standing in the pizza line. Pondering your choices, you consider the specials—southwest, chicken & artichoke, or vegetarian. Not finding any of them particularly appealing, you choose to make your own pizza, with any combination…

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Anxious Adolescents: Changes in Teen’s Genes Induce Mental Illness

By Bar Yosef | SQ Online Reporter | SQ Online 2016-2017 ____________________________________________________________________________ We are often told that college will be “the best time of our lives.” And many students enjoy the newfound freedom, but college can also be hard. According to the American College Health Association, more than half of college students nationwide feel overwhelming…