De-Stigmatizing Mental Illness: An Inquiry into Depression

'Nature vs. Nurture' vs. 'Nature and Nature'

Here at IU, we have a lot of campaigns directed towards the de-stigmatization of mental illness. Last year, the Hutton Honors College hosted a discussion about issues with Autism in Pop Culture. Though the discussion mostly consisted of sharing personal stories of those with the disease and speaking of our desire to let them know that it is okay to have it, there wasn't much critical thought put into the assumptions upon which our views toward mental health are built. We were too intimate with a desire to accept one another for who we are that we didn't try to understand what autism, or any disease, really is.

Why IU needs Science Communication

The Eclectic Lunatic: At The Crossroads of Knowledge

The other day I had the wonderful opportunity to meet up with a high school friend. Through our conversation, we serendipitously wandered through topics of Nietzsche, statistical inaccuracies in peer-reviewed literature, ethnography, and much more that we had both studied. It was only speculation of both of our limited backgrounds, though. Neither of us intended to claim expertise on any of the subjects nor could reliably do justice to all of the topics we mentioned, but would enjoyed to muse about little things we had read here and there. Particularly, she was very interested in my academic background of physics and philosophy.

On a purely anecdotal level, I've already met plenty of students with studying disparate fields. Combinations like biology and art history, mathematics and philosophy, theatre and literature, and neuroscience and gender studies are just a few examples of degree programs of students only satisfied in intellectual diversity. These paths of disparate majors might have unexplored value, as well. We are already seeing more humanities majors entering medical school, and a students have perceived greater gains when studying seemingly unrelated fields.

How do you Promote Diversity in Academia and STEM? Introspection.

Here's a challenge: take some time every day and think about what's important for you. But don't just stop at the superficial: step outside the system. Think about how you would define importance, and where it comes from. What does value mean? How do you choose something as important over another? Go further and think about the way you create meaning for actions, challenges, problems, and whatever else lurks in the unexplored, overlooked compartments of your everyday experiences. Do some serious reflection on why you're doing what you're doing every day. Write down your thoughts somewhere, and read it to yourself every now and then.

My Advice for Incoming Freshman

The world is yours: you're in college now. As you walk the paths of university campus between dauntingly beautiful academic buildings to the newfound comfort of your residence hall, keep in mind why you're here: to learn.

How to Gain Professional Skills: "Don't put Descartes before the Horse"

As you grow as a professional, you find yourself more and more conscious about your image and the way others perceive you. Not as superficial as the suit you wear or the lines on your resume, but, in a world in which we only interact with one another for short amounts of time, the way you are able to convey pertinent information to others in an ethical and sound manner becomes who you are. I like to think of this as "professionalism," or some sort of skill that one obtains through years of experience and study. In examples that are easiest to observe, we could talk about "public speaking skills," "writing skills," "networking skills," or other things that will allow you to succeed.

DNA Pac-Man: A biological twist on the LSD hunter

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My friends and I have been working on a python-based version of Pac-Man in which RNA bases are eaten and transcribed into amino acids. Check it out!

Factually Accurate about Factoids

Did you know that Stephen Hawking thinks IQ-swagger is for "losers"? Or that your friends have more friends than you do?