Articles by Sharada Saraf

Sharada ('20) is a Marshall student studying Human Biology with a minor in Global Health. She joined the Saltman Quarterly hoping to connect her passion for biology and love for journalism as a reporter for the website. She hopes spark interest in and awareness of the fascinating biological research that takes place daily at UCSD. Outside of Saltman Quarterly, you can find Sharada volunteering at a local assisted living facility, rereading Harry Potter, playing frisbee, or eating large handfuls of popcorn.


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Over-the-Counter Decongestants: A Quick Fix, or a Money Sink?

By Sharada Saraf | SQ Online Reporter | SQ Online (2016-2017) ________________________________________________________________________________________ Every UCSD student knows the terror of waking up with a scratchy throat, knowing exactly what it implies: seven to ten days of actual torture, and the very real possibility of taking a midterm with a cold. The thought of dealing with being that kid who…

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Scripps Approach Makes a Medicine-Free AIDS Treatment a Closer Reality

By Sharada Saraf | SQ Online Reporter | SQ Online (2016-2017) ________________________________________________________________________________________ Older siblings have the unfortunate experience of younger siblings barging into their rooms, making a mess, then disappearing while laughing diabolically. As an older sibling myself, my little brother would do this so often that I eventually insisted on having a lock on my door. Once…

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Behind the Podium: A Look Into Teaching the Lower-Division BILD Series

By Sharada Saraf | SQ Online Reporter | SQ Online (2016-2017) ________________________________________________________________________________________ It’s Monday morning. You’re in your BILD 4 class, and it’s painfully obvious that it’s an 8 a.m., because the 300 students in the lecture hall are dead silent as the professor poses a question to the crowd. The person on your left is dutifully taking…

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Fighting for Funding: White House Anti-Science Stance Distresses Scientists

By Sharada Saraf | SQ Online Reporter | SQ Online (2016-2017) ________________________________________________________________________________________ President Trump wants to cut billions of dollars in research grant funding, and institutions like UC San Diego have become seriously concerned about the future of science. Presidential budget proposals, while never implemented in their final form, are good indicators of what the Executive Office wants…

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Not Just Being Scent O’Mental: Leave La Jolla’s Sea Lions Alone

By Sharada Saraf | SQ Online Reporter | SQ Online (2016-2017) ________________________________________________________________________________________ For years, La Jolla Cove’s striking sea life and beautiful scenery has drawn thousands of visitors from across the world to California. However, some animals that make the cove their home have been increasingly seen as unwelcome and inconvenient by the residents of La Jolla. Perhaps…

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Mutations: The Key to Ebola’s Exponential Rise

By Sharada Saraf | SQ Online Reporter | SQ Online (2016-2017) ________________________________________________________________________________________ With winter quarter in full swing, you might find yourself reflecting on your performance from last quarter. Perhaps you’re rewarding yourself on your successful time management with a well-earned burrito from Goody’s. Or maybe you’re cursing your unrelenting procrastination while continuing to procrastinate. Yet, as you…