Capstone Culmination

As I look back on my capstone in chemistry experience, I am glad that I was able to take part in this class.  Capstone courses are meant to tie several disciplines together while encouraging engagement in the world, and I think we achieved these goals throughout the course of the semester.  This blog is one…
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Colors Of The Rainbow – A Look At Autism

Autism is more common today than ever before.  According to the Autism Science Foundation, prevalence of autism was reported as 1 in 10,000.  During the nineties, it decreased to 1 in 2,500 and eventually 1 in 1,000.  In 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cited the occurrence at 1 in 88 (see http://autismsciencefoundation.org/ for more information about autism).  These…
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More Than Just Social Drinking?

Culture plays a role in the use of alcohol.  Alcohol serves as a social lubricant, as it has across different cultures and time periods.  Although alcohol appears as a common thread in the tapestry of varying societies, its expression may differ from place to place and time to time.  This social practice has the profound…
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Obesity: Who’s To Blame? Who’s Responsible?

Obesity is a problem that is worthy of more in-depth examination.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that more than a third of adults in the United States are obese (http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/index.html for more information on obesity).  To me, the fact that weight should be discussed by an organization dedicated to the control…
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Quality Of Life And End Of Life Decisions

In a discussion of neurodegenerative diseases, especially those that appear as late-onset varieties, a question arises about prolonging life and improving quality of life.   Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a neurodegenerative disease involving the loss of motor neurons to the point of muscle atrophy.  This results in weakness and an eventual…
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