Hello, My Name is David Haselkorn. I have never had a great interest in Science. This is a subject I have always struggled in and never fully came around to throughout my education. After hearing the way Andrew teaches the course I believe this would be the best way for me to learn about a subject I am not particularly interested in. Since attending the class on Tuesday, the topics discussed have resonated. In particular things as broad as curing cancer have sparked an interest for me. I wanted to find out more about advancements made in cancer research.
Through what I have read cancer research has made some significant improvements despite the increasing number of cancer patients. One advancement in particular is using information about a persons genetics in order to give certain or proper treatment.
From this information many Breast Cancer patients have been able to avoid chemotherapy all together which is obviously very beneficial. Approximately “35,000 to 40,000 women a year in the United States, and 60,000 to 70,000 in Europe.” A company called MammaPrint has been particularly evolutionary in furthering the research and the process.
I encourage anyone who is interested in this topic to read the article by using this this link, here. I think it always helps to have knowledge about these subjects because many things we learn about in school do not directly impact our lives, but issues such as these do.
Hello SC200, my name is Jon Shanfelder and I thought I would get the Initial Posts started. I have decided to take this class because, although I am not a science major, I have always appreciated the information that science gives us. We take for granted many of the things science gives us, including but not limited to, cures to diseases, insight into Earth/human history, and general information on how nature functions around us. Although I appreciate true fact from fiction, I am not a science major because my aspirations lie with the more fluid field of criminology. Or maybe I just wanted to enter a field with less ethical dilemmas…
I have also included a link to an article HERE that I thought may be relevant to this course. The article is about how cancer has been catching up to heart disease as the number one killer in the United States. What conclusions have they drawn? Are their sources reliable or is it just clickbait? If so, why is cancer on the rise? Have our grandparents been right all along when they told us of the dangers of our fancy, mobile, cancer phones?
Tomorrow in class I will be discussing time management as well as throughout the semester. As everyone hopefully knows, time management is a key part of every day life. In particular, time management is crucial in SC200 in order to succeed. There are plenty of opportunities to get ahead of work while taking this class, and I highly recommend using that to your advantage. I wanted to compose a post of some general tips specifically for this class that people can refer to whenever they please if need be.
I feel that the most important aspect of time management for SC200 is planning. That may seem extremely broad but there are several ways to plan. Below I have listed the things that I believe helped me do well in the class.
- Look ahead at your other syllabi: if you have two exams the week a blog period is due plan to do them ahead of time.
- Get your blog post ideas together: one of the hardest things for me was coming up with ideas for the blog posts. I ended up creating a master list for myself of ideas that interested and when I was ready to blog I referred to my list.
- Start your blogs ASAP: when writing a new blog post, the best feature for me was the ability to save drafts. I ended up roughly outlining all my blogs as soon as I had ideas and then building each blog whenever I had the chance.
- Don’t leave everything for the last minute: writing good and insightful blogs and comments takes time, thought and work. That being said, saving all your work for the end of the blogging period will most likely not lead to success in the class.
I hope this post doesn’t scare anyone because I’m truly only here to help. That being said, I’m going to reference one of my favorite shows as an example of what NOT to do, granted balling a lot is also possible when you work a lot.
See you all tomorrow!