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I’m a huge fan of Netflix’s smash hit show, “Stranger Things.” Nearly everyone I interact with on campus has binged watched the second season since its recent premiere. I consider myself a proud member of the majority on this. Director Duffer Brother’s usage of 80’s tropes, music and hair products (see Steve Harrington’s Farah Fawcett spray) bring forth a nostalgia for a time I never even lived through. The show references some of the great eighties sci fi films, from “Ghostbusters” and “ET” to “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and “Dazed and Confused.” There are plenty of non-sci fi references too, with nods to John Hughes’ "The Breakfast Club" and Howard Deutch’s "Pretty in Pink".
The clocks have turned back and the afternoon sunlight is dimming earlier and earlier every day. Winter is fast approaching, even if the abnormally warm weather still has me questioning if I’ll need a coat when I leave in the morning. This time of year comes with delights such as Pumpkin Spice Lattes, holiday celebrations, cozy sweaters and warming comfort foods. For many of us, however, it also brings about a type of yearly depression known as Seasonal Affective Disorder.
I am a premedical student at American University.
This September has seen one deadly and destructive hurricane after another. Devastation from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria have plastered the news for well over a month now. Humanitarian relief is desperately needed in the areas affected by these disasters where it will take months, and in some cases years, to rebuild.
There have been few events in world history that have successfully connected people from all around the planet regardless of country or culture. In 1969, when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first human beings to set foot on the moon, the world watched in awe of the scientific and technological feat that so closely resembled a miracle.
Solar panels are, arguably, old news. The eco-friendly technology has been around for decades now, since Russell Ohl successfully created the first silicon cell in 1941. Thirteen years later, the first full solar panel was invented by three American researchers. Since then, they’ve been marketed to the public as a cost effective way to do one’s part in helping protect the environment.
This article originally appeared in The Eagle’s December 9 special edition.
Last April, I, like most other AU students, was in the thick of second semester and gearing up for final exams. I was not getting enough sleep and spent long hours in the library. The last thing I needed was to get sick, but as life tends to go, that is exactly what happened. I started to notice my eyes becoming bloodshot and my nose running constantly throughout the day and night. Around the third day of feeling sick, I woke up and looked in the mirror to see my left eye completely red and swollen. I knew it was time to see a doctor, so I paid a visit to the AU Health Center. There, I was told I had conjunctivitis and was prescribed an antibiotic.
When I was a little girl, the one thing I always knew I wanted to be when I grew up was a veterinarian. I loved animals so dearly that I couldn’t see myself being quite as happy doing anything else. I especially loved wild animals and coveted my National Geographic Kids subscription my parents had purchased for me. My biggest role model was Jane Goodall, a woman I considered extremely brave and fiercely intelligent. I looked at her like a great pioneer for immersing herself completely in the wild to study chimpanzees, and saw myself in the way she cared so deeply for the animals and did not allow criticism to stop her from doing her work.
Science is an extremely powerful tool. Every day, without batting an eyelash, we witness the ways science has improved the world all around us through technology, medical expertise, green environmental initiatives and so much more.
Why can’t AU be a “science school?”
As we approach the start of another school year, it is hard to keep our expectations from growing about how we will make this year better than the last, and how we will succeed at the goals we’ve been harboring but have not yet reached. I myself am very familiar with the pattern of goal setting whenever a new chapter in life begins (a new year, a new season, a new month).
I recently watched Jimmy Fallon joke about lifting a ceremonial giant mosquito net covering all of Rio during the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games. He said, “the Olympics will be simultaneously broadcast on NBC and WebMD.” Quite a bit of speculation has been raised about the safety of hosting the Games in Rio due to the Zika virus, which has rocked Brazil since early 2015. Are these fears well based in research?