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A Word for the Weary

  We joke about sleep a fair bit on the UC San Diego campus. The campus-famous Facebook meme page bears the moniker “UCSD Memes for Sleep Deprived Teens”. After years of hearing clever nicknames, UC Sleep Deprived remains one of my favorite for the school. These jokes, however, are rooted in a serious issue: walk…

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Blame it on the Alcohol

BY MELODY NAZARBEGIAN | BLOGGER | SQ ONLINE (2018-19)   Alcohol: college students’ favorite functional group and scapegoat. As we take on a new school year, reunite with friends and roommates, and indulge in our preferred modes of leisure, we should examine our misconceptions about alcohol, many of which are rampant among college students. Students…

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Breaking out of Summer Break

DANIEL LUSK | BLOGGER | SQ ONLINE (2018-19)   Hope school is going well. Or welcome back? I don’t really know the timeline for when this post is going up so I’m not sure how to kick it off. I’m writing this during the last few weeks of summer so my thoughts are on getting ready…

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Building a Bio-Fueled Future

BY MADISON RAE | SQ ONLINE WRITER | SQ ONLINE (2017-18)   With current projections predicting the depletion of fossil fuel reserves being by 2088, biofuels are seeing a resurgence in funding and awareness. The field of alternative energy is open to all kinds of new perspectives and technological advances, a great opportunity for creative up-and-coming biologists. This…

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Taking the Bite Out of Pathogens: How Researchers at UC San Diego Are Divorcing Mosquitos from Malaria and Other Infectious Diseases

LIAM HUBER AND MAYA GOPALAKRISHNAN | ONLINE REPORTERS | SALTMAN QUARTERLY 17-18 At UC San Diego, Dr. Omar Akbari pioneers a new method to combat some of the world’s deadliest contagions. (Source) Picture the deadliest animal in the world. What comes to mind? Fearsome teeth, bulging muscles, and lethal venom? Great white sharks, Bengal tigers, and…

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Evolution in Action: An Interview with Dr. Justin Meyer and Dr. Katie Petrie

BY LAUREN BRUMAGE | SQ ONLINE WRITER | SQ ONLINE (2017-18)   Evolutionary biologist Theodosius Dobzhansky once said that “nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution.” That being said, our understanding of the molecular mechanisms through which evolution operates is still incomplete. One UC San Diego lab, headed by Dr. Justin Meyer, is…