The Trial of Socrates

Submitted by mmaliha on Tue, 09/11/2018 - 14:42

Socrates's goal was not to receive an acquittal, it was to present his principles and die doing what is right. Thus, he may have accomplished his purpose in his mind.  As humans, we like what is familiar to us. With new ideas and values, it is thus important to start out with presenting them as renovations of the old and in gradual steps. We like when we can be thought of as merciful. But, socrates, not once begs for mercy. As a legal studies major, this reminds me how important it is to speak in legal languages while in a court of law. Socrates decided to forego the traditional practice of speaking and presenting his case to the jurymen, and this might have been his true downfall, neither the contents of his speech nor his beliefs. 

Rethinking Stereotypes Cont. - History Gened

Submitted by sbrownstein on Tue, 09/11/2018 - 12:42

An additional reason as to why the nation may not acknowledge the Native American population is due to the fact that their history and culture do not fit into the “master narrative”. The “Master Narrative” is the idea that all Americans have had one single experience. This experience was a success story of our nation’s growth based on unity, liberty and equality (Calloway 2-3). Native American history did not follow the typical American experience of accomplishment and therefore was ignored by many historians and Americans to this day. Native American history included hardship, resistance, and tragedy. In addition, most of Native American history recorded is not accurate because it is documented by non-Native Americans. This has caused biased opinions to skew the truth behind the Native Americans beliefs, intentions, and actions. This has caused a misconception across the nation and has shaped many of the stereotypes seen to this day.

Summer Internship

Submitted by cwcasey on Tue, 09/11/2018 - 12:01

Being only the second week of school, I often find myself still reminiscing over this summer’s activities. The major thing I did was land an internship at MilliporeSigma. For those of you who may not have heard of this company, it is a biopharmaceutical research and development lab. While I cant get too in depth about the work I did (got to love an NDA), I would like to briefly talk about the over-arching theme of handling myself as a true scientist.  During my ten week period with this company I learned a lot about project management, attention to detail, and the pure fun that science really is. Every day I would wake up ready to go tend to my cell cultures, bioreactors, and daily routines that I regularly found myself falling into. The knowledge I gained working hands on in the lab was second to none and an over all great experience.

As mentioned previously, this job helped me deal with time and project management. At any given time I had three maybe even four projects to take care of over the course of an eight hour work day. At first it was a daunting task to juggle what seemed like an overwhelming work load until I realized that this is what I loved doing, I loved being in the lab and bouncing between projects, working with different coworkers and building bonds with some extraordinary people who helped me out along the way. Going in to the internship, if you had asked me to set up a planar cell culture in triplicate for transfer into a 50L bioreactor, I would have looked at you like you had five heads. Now, looking back, I know I can get that done in 45 minutes to an hour and move onto the next project. Needless to say, I loved my job at MilliporeSigma and the skills that I came away with are almost invaluable and ones that I will use everyday.

Chordate Traits

Submitted by mtracy on Tue, 09/11/2018 - 10:46


The phylum Chordata contains a number of groups including, Vertebrata, Cyclostomata, Gnathostomata and so forth. There are five unifying characteristics that all chordates have at some point in their lifecycle, whether it be the embryonic, larval or adult stages. It is important to note that these do not have to be present at the same time during the organisms lifecycle. The first of these characterstics is the presence of a notochord. This is a rod that runs the length of of the body and provides a flexible yet ridged support structure. A second characteristic all Chordates have is a dorsal hallow nerve cord. This is a hallow nerve chord which runs the length of the body and, as the name suggests, sits dorsal to the notochord. Chordates also posses an iodine fixing gland. In many groups this organ is an endostyle, but it is similar to the thyroid. The last two characteristics chordates have is a post-anal tail and pharyngeal gill slits.

One example of a chordate is the Tunicate. As an adult, this blob shaped organism adheres to surfaces and filter feeds. At this stage of its life it is entirely sessile and the only chordate it possesses is its endostyle, which itself is necessary for filter feeding. However, the larval stage of the Tunicate is a small and motile organism. In this stage of life, all the traditional characteristics of a chordate are present. This demonstrates how important it is not to examine only one stage of life when organizing them into their classifications and exploring evolutionary history. Many traits are present when in development, and lost during adulthood.

Rethinking Stereotypes Paper Draft - For Gened

Submitted by sbrownstein on Mon, 09/10/2018 - 10:41

Native Americans were given two contradicting stereotypes in the United States: bloodthirsty savages who attacked the white settlers or helpless victims who had their land and resources striped away from them. Although both stereotypes are opposite to each other, they possess the same stereotypical image of native attire and appearance. Native Americans are thought be be wearing feather, braids, beads and holding spears. Due to the fact that modern Indians do not wear that apparel in this era, society has a preconceived idea that they are no longer present in America. This idea is not true due to the large amount of Native American populations and land that still exists. Native Americans blend in with contemporary society.


Alicia DiCicco- Spider PP

Submitted by amdicicco on Fri, 09/07/2018 - 15:44

One of the most notable parts of a spider's body is its legs. After observation of the spider it is noticed that it acts very still when it is being left alone. A slight tap on the desk causes the spider to become more lively. As it starts to move around the cup it is observed that the spider's walking pattern seems off. The spider seems to favor walking on its left side. Upon further investigation it is noticed that the spider has an injury. The injury is to one of the spider's legs which has fallen off. The legs of the spider are brown and about three times the length of the spider's body. They are brown in color, and broken into three segments. Between the segement closest to the spider's body and the middle segment is a joint. The joints on the spider's legs are almost black and very small in size. The joints are the highest points of the spider when it is resting flat on the surface of the container. As the spider becomes more active it crawls to the top of the container where it draws its legs inward and hangs on by only one part of its body. The legs of a spider are very important for movement and survivial and often is what makes it distinguishable as a spider. 

Observing the cellar spider in class

Submitted by yurigarcia on Fri, 09/07/2018 - 15:35


The spider looks like a cellar spider you find around your house. At first it seemed like it was dead because it wasn't moving. However, when i proceeded to open the small plastic container where the spider was, the spider started to move. Maybe it was because i was letting some air in the container or the spider wanted to be free. I noticed the spider's eight legs are covered with many hairs. This particular arthropod had more than two eyes, i tried to count it but it was so small that i needed a microscope to do so. I was very intrigued whether i was observing a female or male spider because i wanted to know if that influenced its behavior. I perceived that the spider was hanging upside down, i could only assume that it had maybe made its own web. I never noticed a spider before and it was really interesting to observe a spider in class.


Spider Observations

Submitted by aswan on Fri, 09/07/2018 - 15:34

The dainty spider fits easily into the small plastic container. I am not sure what species of spider it is, but it seems to very clearly be a spider due to several of its physical characteristics. The main characteristics that identifies this as a spider is the fact that it has eight legs, a feature that applies to many arachnids. It rarely stops moving however it does stay motionless on its webbing which it seamlessly builds at the top of the container via its lower abdomen where it ejects a silky substance. The spider sits on the webbing in a stationary manner to most likely assist in its hunting efforts so as not to disturb potential prey. Physically the spider’s legs are a reddish brown color that each has three to four dark brown spots in nearly the exact same order. The spider’s body is a dark brown bordering on black with several speckles on its back that are a white-yellow color. The speckles are very orderly and move down the spiders abdomen in a vertical direction, they have an almost diamond shape. Its two front legs seem to be the longest and most mobile reaching out when the spider is in motion. The spider has two joints on each leg.

Spider Observation Perfect Paragraph

Submitted by msalvucci on Fri, 09/07/2018 - 15:33

The organism inside the plastic container hung upside down from the top the of the lid. It had eight legs and two body segments, with the body being no larger than two millimeters squared. The abdomen of this organism protruded from the cephalothorax and the long, thin legs stuck out from the thorax segment. This characteristic indicated to me that the organism is most likely a spider. As I moved the container around in my hands, the spider frantically ran around the inside of the container. The tiny legs seemed to move with no precision or direction. I noticed that the legs had three joints, and on these joints were little dark brown dots. The two front legs were longer than the rest of the legs on the spider. After I tapped on the plastic container, the spider scrunched up and timidly rested in the corner of the container as if it was trying to hide from me. After more observation, a small web became apparent on the bottom of the container, where the spider was most likely resting before being passed around. 

Spider Class Activity Perfect Paragraph

Submitted by bthoole on Fri, 09/07/2018 - 15:32

Upon first seeing the spider, it was apparent that the legs were too long to be kept in the container. While the front legs appeard to fit fine, they were smaller in size. It was the large back legs that would buckle and contort back onto the spider. The legs themselves appeard to have two joints where they were capable of bending. This allowed for three separate areas for the leg, an ascending, transverse, and a descending area. Of course, the legs could also straighten and it would appear that the leg was straight. There was no designation that the leg was capable of in fact bending in multiple places. However, in knowing that the legs did bend, it was observed that at each bend there were bands of white and black that did not match the rest of the spider's coloration. While some legs had a black, white, black banding, others consisted of just two bands of black and then white or were solely white.



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