Death and Dying

Hey all! Just a quick update. I just wanted to write a bit today and put something out on the blog for y'all. I've recently read the New Yorker article: "Questions for Me About Dying" by Cory Taylor that you can read here. [1] Author of Me and Mr. Booker, My Beautiful Enemy, and Dying: A Memoir, her writing combines … Continue reading Death and Dying

My Pet Peeve

Where did the love go? More and more often, as I find myself caught up in the race that pre-meds succumb to, I have found myself asking the question: Where did the love go? When I mean the love, I don't mean an emotional outpour, I mean the support in the little things in life. … Continue reading My Pet Peeve

So What Does It Means to Do Good Science Anyway?: A Conversation with Michi Taga

By: Joseph Maa Date: 5/25/2017 Why can't researchers do research and have professors just teach? It's a natural question that exists at all research institutions, with Berkeley as no exception. It's a problem that frustrates both students and professors to no end: researchers are increasingly subjected to higher and higher demands on their time, while students … Continue reading So What Does It Means to Do Good Science Anyway?: A Conversation with Michi Taga

A Review of “The Care of the Patient” by Francis Peabody

Article by: Joseph Maa Date: 6/8/2017 "Death is not the worst thing in the world, and to help a man to a happy and useful career may be more of a service than the saving of life." In 1927, Francis Peabody delivered a timeless message to physicians addressing the relationship of the patient and physician. … Continue reading A Review of “The Care of the Patient” by Francis Peabody

Finding Waldo: A Systematic Approach to Isolating and Identifying Bacteria

By: Joseph Maa Date: 6/5/2017 Hi everyone, Joseph here: Today I wanted to talk about something near and dear to my heart: finding and isolating bacteria. Now, the process of isolating single pure colonies (all the same species) of bacteria is important for a couple reasons. For one, having a lot of colonies is amenable to … Continue reading Finding Waldo: A Systematic Approach to Isolating and Identifying Bacteria