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Apr
16
2013

A Letter to a Friend: Is Gene Patenting Wrong?

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Oh! You got me started! So being at a biotech school, I am well aware of this issue. Of course, the question is, can we patent life? And more specifically, can we patent genes? Of course, if they are a product of nature, then no one could claim ownership of it, and thus, not patentable. However, this all changed in 1980 with Diamond v. Chakrabarty. The conclusion was that if something was modified in lab, in [...]

Apr
13
2013

A Letter to a Female Colleague

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“It is without a doubt that your efforts will be met with success, not because those two events are following the laws of probability where an amalgamation is ultimately inevitable, but because your efforts and dedication is creating a biased attraction to that success. The fact that you are pursuing science and having such a leadership role in it is a celebration of many achievements. A strong woman in science with your ethnical background should [...]

Sep
19
2012

KGI Academic Experience Update

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Hello Stress Benders! I hope all is well. I can go in an extreme amount of detail, but I guess I will save that for when we meet in the near future. Let me begin to update you with the academics I am involved in here at KGI. The two science courses I am taking include: molecular biotechnology and a class called in vitro diagnostics. In molecular biotechnology, we talk about how molecular biotechnology impacts [...]

Sep
1
2012

Recap of my KGI Orientation Experience: Foreshadowing

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“KGI takes the traditional science PhD program and turns it on its head. KGI prepares students for what they will face in the industry. In the real world, you have to have business, people skills and science to get a product to market.” -Dennis Fenton ( executive vice president of process development, operations, and quality at Amgen) It has been almost two weeks since I have started my orientation at KGI, but it feels like it [...]

Aug
21
2012

My Last Day at Riverside: Not Merely a Means to an End

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    I sit here on my last day at UCR and thus, I am compelled to write.   How do I begin to write about an opportunity so life-changing and so dynamic? Or more so, how do I start? I met so many great people here and I have met my life-long friends at UCR. I met friends who supported me throughout my college experience and I met friends who saw me as their [...]

Aug
7
2012

The Next Steps in My Journey

Beckman Coulter

  As mentioned in the previous article, I have graduated from UCR, and although reluctant at first, have grown to love that decision. Part of that mixed feeling arose from the fact that I was uncertain on what I was going to do after I had graduated. But above all the pain and confusion, I have broken free and have… …Been accepted into the Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences! It is part of [...]

Aug
7
2012

University Experience: 100 Things That I Have Learned

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Here represents a list of the various things that I have learned from my experience at a 4-year college. Some are funny, some are absolutely nerdy, and some are downright serious.   1) Utilize the breaks in between the quarter to get ahead of your studies for next quarter. 2) Stay away from energy drinks. 3) If possible, ask for the syllabus before the course has even started 4) Do not engage in alcohol or [...]

Aug
7
2012

StressBenders Update: My Graduation

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It has been some time since I last wrote an article. However, I assure you that I used my time wisely and engaged in activities that resulted in a significant amount of personal growth. Perhaps it was not that I had run out of things to say, because to be completely honest, I didn’t. It was rather, I had too much to say and I did not know how to begin. But thankfully, I have [...]

Jan
8
2012

10 Tips to Be a Total Bad-Ass Academic

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        Even under stressful situations, 007 always maintains his cool.           1 ) Relieve your stress and bend it before it bends you. 2 ) Take advantage of your time wisely. 3 ) Improve focus by not taking on too many tasks at once. Man has got to know his limitations. 4 ) Get adequate sleep when you must, but also forgo stress when necessary. Let me be contradicting: [...]

Jan
8
2012

A Letter to a Friend, an Insight to My Heart and Thoughts

Kevin. Bending his Stress And Trying to Help You Bend Your Stress

Preface From this day until now, I have started to bend my stress and again live life with a completely new mentality. This is the exact letter I wrote to my friend the night I felt everything changed for me mentally and emotionally. I knew that from this moment on, I was back, and this time, I would be more ready than ever…         “You know, my good friend…”   I began [...]

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