Archive for February, 2008

Comics

Posted in Circadian Events with tags on 28 February, 08 by MastrN8

The third comic, or political cartoon, was an obvious blow to the democrats.  The choice of using a caricature donkey clearly states that the democrats are being targeted. The fact that the donkey in many panels says absolutely nothing of value shows what the author thinks about the party and also with which side he/she is affiliated. As most political cartoons are only a single panel, I think the author chose to use more than one to show how lengthy and long-winded the democratic party can be about some issues.

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A Blog is Bourne

Posted in Uncategorized on 26 February, 08 by MastrN8

This poster speaks to movie-goers, specifically those that like action movies. As with any movie poster the purpose is to fill seats. This poster is dynamic in that portrays a movie star we all know taking up almost the entire poster. he is even top-billed in case we forgot his name. Since this the third in the series, audience members, especially fans will already know what he’s about and why he’s carrying the gun. The images behind him are also blurred as if he’s moving at a clip. No doubt, it sends the message that this will be a fast-paced “thrill-ride”. The color to me is interesting. It’s a very distinct blue-gray tint that has almost been bleached. Does this say something about his character? Maybe he is morally gray. I think the authors chose the colors and the image to appeal to not only female sexuality but also to a man’s sense of thrill and adventure.

Learning Styles

Posted in Uncategorized on 26 February, 08 by MastrN8

Upon entering the den yesterday, I was overwhelmed with the heavy aroma of chili. On any other day I would have been salivating; however, having just eaten, it made me a little nauseous. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this experience but I must confess I was a little disappointed from what I witnessed.

Directly behind me was a group of people sitting against the back wall. I didn’t catch what they were saying exactly but I’m pretty sure it involved some sort of on-line gaming experience. I was at first alone, sitting in the third row back from the stage, where there was a giant white screen hanging from the ceiling. Having walked in at about a quarter to noon, I expected a speaker nervously pacing the stage, while watching the seats slowly fill up. This was not the case.

The show began at exactly five minutes after twelve with a lazy windows pointer fumbling around on the screen, which now showed the green rolling fields of the stock wallpaper for Windows XP. As the arrow found the icon it was searching for, I heard a lady near the entrance announce that she had handouts for the learning style presentation. As soon as I heard that, I got up and waded through the crowd of hungry students anxiously waiting for their bowl of chili. It was like feeding time at a kennel.

When I returned to my seat and started glancing through the packet of papers, I got a sense of deja vu. I had seen all of this before, a long time ago. I paused for a second and started watching the continuous loop of about fifteen slides of information on the screen before me. Yes, I had definitely been here before, analyzing how I learn best, yet something was missing.

I returned to the packet which included a quiz. I took it. Lo and behold, a visual learner. Why wasn’t this surprising? Why did all of this seem so familiar? Looking at the bottom of the first page I noticed that the information was taken from a couple of different books. I didn’t recognize the name of either of them but I was sure I had seen this material before.

Getting ready to leave, I had been there nearly forty minutes waiting, maybe hoping something better than a repeating slide show was in store, it struck me. I was immediately rushed back in time to my junior year in high school. I am pleading with my chemistry teacher to bump up my grade because of some work that I’d missed. I had a very reasonable excuse but his judgement was final. Crestfallen, yet knowing that I could have tried harder, I turned to leave. He called me back right before I was out of earshot and I turned back hopeful. To my dismay, however, he did not have a sudden epiphany to grant amnesty to his D student that “failed to live up to his potential”, instead he handed me a book. It was entitled Peak Learning by Ronald Grossman.

The book detailed each of the same learning styles as mentioned in the seminar yesterday but also included another factor: time. Grossman argued that it isn’t enough for someone to learn using their specific style, or trying to develop other styles, it is also necessary what the best time is for you to learn.

Primary research feedback

Posted in Uncategorized on 21 February, 08 by MastrN8

as written in class on 2/19

Primary research

the primary research I believe I will be conducting, not only for the assignment due on 2/28, but will also be incorporated into my multi-genre project, will most likely be a survey. I wonder what kind of prevalence diabetes has on the population of Red Rocks. What do people know about the disease? What kind of saturation is being realized by the ad campaigns for patient compliance? How ignorant are the students here? I can use this quantatative data and come up with a chart about how aware students are about sugar intake, factors linked to the development of type II. etc.

Do you or a family member have diabetes?

Type I or Type II?

I know a student in 8 th grade who has diabieties. I’ve known him for a few years, I could ask him if he would be willing to be part of an interview. However I realize you want to do a survey. – Carlos

This is a good way of showing how much the average student may or may not know about this disease. How many people were you interesting in interviewing? I have a very good friend that has this disease along with MS, I am pretty sure that she would be will to let you interview her. She does live out of state, but if you are interested let me know and I will ask her if she wouldn’t mind if you contacted her either thru email or thru phone.- cassandra

Quantity over Quality?

Posted in Uncategorized on 16 February, 08 by MastrN8

The question Liz presented today was to determine whether the articles for the horrific annotated biblio assignment and the assigned book use qualitative or quantitative research. My answer leans mainly toward the quantitative side. As the articles are all case studies of drug trials, they must be quantitative. Scientists rarely look at qualitative evidence, however, in the diet study of those individuals with diabetes, the study lasted 23 years and obviously a scientist isn’t going to follow around 4000+ individuals to measure and weigh what they are eating. So the scientists took quantitative research of qualitative interviews, the studies were given by nutritionists and were all standardized to help ensure that questions were fair.

Reasoning behind Science Business

Posted in Uncategorized on 12 February, 08 by MastrN8

I believe that Pisano’s intention here is to not only check in on the biotech industry to see where it stands as far as profit gains and losses, but to also call these companies to action as far as living up to the potential that investors saw at the creation of the industry thirty years ago. The key point here is that the biotech industry has not produced what was seen initially to advance the field of pharmaceuticals. He truly wants to educate the reader on the process and shortcomings of the industry and points out many problems as far as the management and organization of said companies.

Finding true N with a faulty compass

Posted in Circadian Events, Scattershot with tags , on 10 February, 08 by MastrN8

2/8/8 

I’m all over the place……scattered…..organized, yet chaotic.

 I’ve done some preliminary research since my last post, which was an addition to a previous post. Nutraceuticals is a very broad topic as I thought it might be. The information I’ve found is so intriguing to me that, although I know I want to focus on this subtopic of the pharmaceutical industry, I am going to have to focus my view even further, I believe I am going to focus in on the soy bean, isoflavones in particular have prompted many debates as of late. 

2/10/8

I’m so lost…..

I know that I would like my project to focus on the pharmaceutical industry, however, I have spent the last couple days perusing so many articles that I feel like I have lost perspective and gotten lost in all of the different coves of this massive lake of knowledge.

I started with the nutraceutical debate; is there enough evidence behind their claims in order to market them as “cure-alls”?, are they just another straw being grasped at by a generation that wants the fountain of youth? Are they this centuries magic potions being sold not by travelling side-shows but by the food brands that we grew up on?

This led me down the path of Avandia’s black-box warning. Avandia is a Type II diabetes medication that might get pulled off the shelf due to the fact that it may cause heart failure in diabetic paitents.

I have found hundreds of articles on both of these topics, however, the info that I found is inundated with so much science that I begin to feel like my topics are too focused and although I have no doubt that I would find them interesting, how would I ever be able to convey this passion to an audience that could really care less about the efficacy and pharmacokinetics of a black-boxed drug, or for that matter the efficacy of a dietary supplement?

Do I need to broaden my search?

….3 hours later…..

I believe I’ve found a compromise. I was so involved with researching the warnings of avandia that I had forgotten what exactly Avandia was being used for in the first place, diabetes, specifically, type II diabetes.

Diabetes is such a broad topic that it is easy to find plenty of information on and yet, by narrowing it down to just type II diabetes, I have found a clear discussion in which I can voice and opinion/argument.

Fact and definition questions…. 

What is type II diabetes? How does it differ from Type I? What population of people are afflicted with this disease? How are they being treated? How much of the population suffers from this affliction? Of the number of total affliction, how many are obese?

…and the rest of it….

How do we take the aforementioned stats and definitions and link them with studies being done into the treatment of type II diabetes in the obese pop.? Of the drugs available for this disease, which ones work the best? the worst? What causes type II to manifest itself in the obese? Is it worth creating new drugs in order to prevent this disease from manifesting, or do we place pre-diabetic patients on a strict regimen of diet and exercise? What about the “thin” patients that suffer from this disease, is it genetic, dietary, or a combination of factors working together in order to cause them to suffer from this disease?

This I think is enough to go on for now. I will continue research with my peer reviewed articles on the subject, hope that they answer some of the questions stated above, and pray that I can make it through this class without an ulcer.