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Cure for the cold?

Submitted by damianszyk on Thu, 09/19/2019 - 13:12

Just the other day, I read an article on my phone about how researchers at Stanford and UCSF are one step closer to finding a cure for the common cold. They found that one protein is responsible for half of the common cold and other diseases. With this protein absent, researchers found that mice that were injected with a virus would be the ones who survived in comparison to the mice that did not have the formation of this protein blocked. These mice with the absent protein were unaffected by the virus. This certaintly gives us hope and is an important step in ultimately finding a cure for the common cold. The next step would be to develop a drug that would actually stop the synthesis of this specific protein.

My Wednesday on Campus PP

Submitted by damianszyk on Mon, 09/16/2019 - 17:05

I arrive on campus every Wednesday at around 9:10 am for my 9:25am physics lecture. During this class period, my table group and I work on word problems similar to the ones that will be on exams for practice. When this class ends at 10:40, my next class isn't until 12:20, so I have time in between to work om some homework. I usually stop working at around 11:30 to go to Blue Wall to grab lunch with a friend. After eating my rice bowl with chicken, I head over to the Morrill Science I where I have a genetics class. This lecture requires more note taking than the physics lecture. Class ends at 1:10 and I immediately walk to the ISB for my biology lab class that begins at 1:25. The work done in this lab varies on what the protocol calls for. For example, last week during lab, I dissected zebrafish brain and treated zebrafish with different drugs to continue the overall experiement for the semester. At 5:25, when lab is over, I walk to Blue Wall to eat dinner before heading back to my apartment to finally get a chance to relax. 

Activites on campus

Submitted by damianszyk on Fri, 09/13/2019 - 15:28

I have a set routine on campus that I follow every Wednesday of the week. At around 9 am, I arrive at the ILC for my 9:25am Physics class. The class runs until 10:40, and during most of the time in class, my group and I work on in-class word problems like the ones that would be on exams. When that class is over, my next class isn't until an hour and 40 minutes later. During this time, I sit in the ILC on my laptop to do my homework or just to pass time if I don't have any work to do. At around 11:30am, I meet up with my friend at Blue Wall to eat lunch. When I am done, I leave to go to my Genetics class at 12:20 which is located in Morrill I. I have a friend in this class that I sit next to. During this class, the profressor lectures and I take notes on what she is saying. Class ends at 1:10pm and I make my way to the ISB for my lab class that begins at 1:25pm. Before lab started, we had a short quiz on what we were working on for the day. During this lab period, we practiced with dissecting zebrafish brain and treated zebrafish with different drugs to study them. Lab ends at 5:25 so I can catch the 5:30 bus back to my apartment. Overall, these are the activites I usually perform on campus on a Wednesday.

My Day

Submitted by damianszyk on Fri, 09/13/2019 - 15:13

I woke up.

I showered.

I got dressed

I made two waffles and a banana for breakfast.

I brushed my teeth and put on deodorant.

I left my apartment to catch the bus.

I got on the bus.

I arrived on campus for my Physics class.

I worked on in-class problems the whole time.

Class ended so I went to sit in the ILC to do work until 11:15.

At 11:15, I went to Blue Wall to eat.

I left Blue Wall to go to class.

I arrived to my 12:20 pm class at noon.

I sat with my friend.

I took notes.

I left class when it was over to go to my lab class.

In lab, I dissected zebrafish brain.

I ate dinner after lab was over.

I went back to my apartment and did homework.

I watched TV.

I left for tryouts.

I evaluated players trying out.

Tryouts ended.

I went back to my apartment.

I showered.

I did more work and watched more TV.

I brushed my teeth.

I went to bed.


Category 1: Activities done at my apartment ~ 5 hours

Category 2: Activities done on campus ~ 12 hours

More Leaves

Submitted by damianszyk on Thu, 09/12/2019 - 20:37

With this assignment in the back of my mind, I am constantly looking for more and more plants on campus that provide evidence of phytophagy. As I was walking to the gym earlier today, I noticed another tree with many leaves that had holes in them and brown discoloring. It seems like every leaf on that tree had been chewed on by insects and had a brown discoloring around the entire leaf. The more I look and stare at a plant, it seems like almost every plant I see shows some evidence of phytophagy on this campus. This specific leaf that I took a picture of was near the bottom of the tree where leaves began to grow. The tree itself was located to the right of the main entrance of Boyden Gym near the first row of parking in the lot. The holes on the leaf werent perfectly round so that shows that something was eating it and in this case it was definitely insects. 

Methods Draft 1

Submitted by damianszyk on Tue, 09/10/2019 - 20:43

Today after my classes, I was walking back to the bus stop to go back to my place and do some work. On the way to the bus stop, I couldn't help but look at most of the plants and leaves as I walked because of this assignment. As I walked out of Morill, I took a look at the first planted tree in the area and noticed that a few of the leaves had holes in the middle of them that could be due to insects eating them. Along with the holes, I also noticed a brown coloring around the holes suggesting rotting of the leaves. Later in the day on my way back from the gym, I was passing Boyden and noitced holes in a few leaves that were hanging from a tree. These were located on the back side closer to the lacrosee field near the parking lot. On these leaves, the holes were larger than the ones I found earlier in the day near Morill. There is plenty of evidence of phytophagy across the whole campus of UMass that need to be photographed to show others.


Submitted by damianszyk on Mon, 09/09/2019 - 23:07

The other day in my genetics class, we were talking about cloning and the idea of cloning your own pets such as dogs and cats came up. Although I don't have neither a cat or dog, I still would be againt cloning one of my pets. Aside from the ridiculous idea of cloning your pet, the price to do so was even more outrageous. It costs $50,000 to clone your dog and $25,000 to clone your cat. We took a class poll to see what the majority of people would answer to whether they would their pet, and the majority of the class voted no. This did not surprise me at all since this was never topic of discussion that has been brought up with anyone that I've ever talked to. I guess a valid reason to clone your pet is if it dies suddenly to a traggic accident; but even then, is that what's best to do?

My Leaf

Submitted by damianszyk on Fri, 09/06/2019 - 15:36

The green, veiny, three-leafed object held together by a reddish-brown stem was placed in front of me. At first glance, it was obvious to see the shapes of each of the three leaves were very similar but not quitely exact, making the leaves unique from each other. As the reddish-brown stem continues to where it meets the leaves at a single point, a color change from reddish-brown to a yellow is oberved. From there, this yellow vein runs from the base to the tip of the leaf, with more and more veins branching off of the main one. Looking even closer, a color of yellow runs around the perimeter of the leaves. The yellow perimeter runs around all the leaves and is joined at the base of the leaves at the reddish-brown stem. The sizes of the leaves on the left and right have a very similar length and width. The leaf in the middle is much taller and wider than the two on the sides. To be exact, the length from the base of the middle leaf to the tip is 5.0 cm, while the lengths of the two side leaves have an average length of 3.5 cm. The only leaf that was significantally different than the other two was the leaf on the left side that had a big brown spot on it. Besides the very small imperfections between the three leaves, the leaf as a whole was somewhat vertically symmetrical.


My Leaf

Submitted by damianszyk on Fri, 09/06/2019 - 15:09

The object placed in front of me has threen green leaved connected by one major reddish-purple stem. Throughout each leaf, there are multiple veins running through for possible water transport to keep the leaves alive. Shapes and sizes between the leaves are very similar, but each have their own shape, size, and pattern making them unique. Looking closer at the leaf, there is a yellow color that runs arond the perimeter of the green leaf. The leaf as a whole has some vertical symmetry. Each leaf is joined at the stem at the same point, with the two on the outside being smaller in shape. There are two different shades of green on different sides of the leaf. One has a waxy layered bright green side while the other is a much lighter green in color. The brighter green side also has brown spots and streaks on it. One thing that is very noticeable about these leaves is that they are fragile and ery easy to rip and tear.

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