The world thus exists to the soul to satisfy the desire of beauty. This element I call an ultimate end. No reason can be asked or given why the soul seeks beauty. Beauty, in its largest and profoundest sense, is one expression for the universe.- Ralph Waldo Emerson ("Beauty" from Nature, published as part of … Continue reading Elegance in science
Read this article in the Indiana Daily Student here....Gene editing, a method of genetic modification involving changing the sequence of genes, has been around for decades, but it has been dangerous, expensive and difficult for most of its history. But, thanks to the new genome-editing system (known as CRISPR), we can now modify genes much … Continue reading Gene Editing is Nothing to Fear
Undergraduates of America,The time to change history is yours. It's likely that you've spent most of your life growing up in a bubble. It might be true that, in your hometown, you never knew much about the world around you. You may have wondered about things and desired to learn more, but it might have been … Continue reading Challenge the Status Quo: Strengths and Limitations of Academic Freedom
Read this article in the Indiana Daily Student here....From the first day of an introductory course in philosophy, psychology, or any field, we are inundated by the daunting knowledge and opportunities of the world. You realize that there's so much to explore and learn. The things you know about the world might be wrong, and … Continue reading Imposter Syndrome: Noble Humility or Shameful Insecurity?
Who are we? At the beginning of many of my classes and activities (from kindergarten to college), my teachers sometimes coerce us to introducing ourselves to others. It usually involves telling others your name and a something you do. You can share that you play a sport, an instrument, or a video game; you can … Continue reading "We are What We Do": The American Dream and Education
Now that my internship at the University of Chicago Conte Center for Computational Neuropsychiatric Genomics is over, I'm home in Indiana for a week before heading back to Bloomington for the start of university. During the last week of the internship, I received a great deal of praise for my project presentation. I'm very grateful … Continue reading How to Make a Beautiful Science Presentation