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Capping off Neurochem

December 18, 2013 by

Honestly, I mainly took neurochemistry because I had to for my minor. I’ve never been all that into chemistry, and my expectations were about at the level of “this should be alright”. I thought it would be like a lot of other upper level classes: stuff I had learned before, but in a little...

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With just 3 protons, you could perhaps be excused for thinking there isn’t much to lithium. But it turns out it’s good for a lot more than just batteries. Lithium has been a go-to medication for bipolar disorder for almost half a century, and we’re still figuring out how it works and what it...

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Liberal Learning at its Finest

December 18, 2013 by

Wow, it is hard to believe that it is already the end of fall semester senior year. Where did the time go? Well that means it is time to reflect on my “capstone” experience in neurochemistry with one final blog post.   Going into this class, there was a lot of “hype” from students....

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Concussions

December 18, 2013 by

When I was 15 my sister had an accident while sledding and suffered a concussion. Visiting her in the hospital was a rather surreal experience, with her failing with recognize me one minute then trying to hold a conversation about Russia the next. I could tell there was something unusual going on, but I...

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Iron on the brain

December 18, 2013 by

Continuing a trend of unlikely players, the paper “Targeting dysregulation of brain iron homeostasis in Parkinsons’ disease by iron chelators” tells us the story of how too much metal can mess up our brain. Now, iron is an important part of our diet. It’s the most important part of our blood, helps us bulk...

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Like I expect most people would, I used to think that insulin was just something for diabetes. As a biology major I suppose I knew that it regulates how your body uses the sugars in your blood and built up energy reserves, but that was supposed to be it. Well yet again Neurochemistry went...

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Dopamine is one of the few neurotransmitters that most people have probably heard of. It’s the ‘reward chemical’, the one that makes us feel good when we reach a goal or do something we enjoy, right? Well, it’s a bit more complicated than that. Okay, a lot more complicated. While dopamine does have a...

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My Capstone Experience.

December 18, 2013 by

In all honesty, before this class started I was secretly a little terrified for it. Now, that doesn’t mean I wasn’t excited about it too–I knew basically everyone in the class and really enjoyed the professor, so I was excited about those aspects. Prior to this class I had very little (and I mean...

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My Neurochem Experience

December 18, 2013 by

When I first signed up for Neurochemistry I really had no idea what the class was going to be like. At first I assumed it was going to be somewhat similar to the other chemistry classes I have taken at Concordia, but then I heard a little more about it from a peer. The...

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  At our school, Concordia College, everyone is required to take a capstone course before they graduate.  It does not necessarily have to be in your own field of study but each capstone has the same goals of integrating interdisciplinary, experiential, and liberal arts learning.  I (in my opinion) lucked out and there was...

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