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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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Mind your Body

 Theresa Bui | Blogger | SQ Online (2016-17) Perhaps you’ve seen real-life Avatars-in-training before. I certainly have. As a child, I remember watching my neighborhood’s elders gather with large bamboo sticks on the main street at 7 a.m. The elders would slowly but decidedly rock back and forth on their heels and sway their arms fluidly in…

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Late Bloomers

LIAM HUBER | BLOGGER | SQ ONLINE (2016-17) How Flowers Overthrew the World’s Reigning Flora and Reshaped the Biosphere, Befuddling Botanists to this Day Having outlasted the 2016 dumpster fire, it would be nice to report that 2017 will be less lousy. Unfortunately, only a few weeks in, this does not look like it will be…

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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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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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Translational Medicine Day

CALLUM ARRAS | BLOGGER | SQ ONLINE (2016-17)   Translational medicine—this term for healthcare was new to me as I approached the Telemedicine Building for the first time for a reason other than a turbo combo from Club Med. My immediate assumption was that the “translational” aspect pertained to the conversion of RNA to protein…

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Sleep Equals A+

MADELEINE YU | SQ ONLINE | BLOGGER 16-17   Well folks, the weeks have zipped by and I hate to be the one to say it, but Finals Week is here. The already-packed Geisel will be the first place to go and believe me, I won’t be anywhere near there when chaos ensues. Every ten…

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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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On Dry Land

 LIAM HUBER | BLOGGER | SQ ONLINE (2016-17) How Pioneers Left the Primordial Ocean to Colonize the Continents, And Ended up Bringing the Waters There Too Another quarter, another episode of watching the floodwaters rise from the toilet, spread through the restroom, seep through the wall, and soak the carpet below my suitemate’s bed. If anyone from…

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Oṃ

 Theresa Bui | Blogger | SQ Online (2016-17) Oṃ. The sacred primordial sound and spiritual icon. Perhaps you’ve heard the sound or seen the Hindu symbol ॐ. Perhaps, the “Oṃ. Om my god, if you’re wearing a dress, please keep your knees together. Nobody wants to see that. Om” scene in The Office: “Stress Relief”. Just like Michael…