Friday, January 24, 2014

ANTH 249 Christine Introduction Blog

Hi, everyone!

My name is Christine and I am a sophomore at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.  I am majoring in Political Science and Anthropology.  I am interested in studying medicine and am therefore keen to see how ANTH 249 changes and benefits my understanding of evolution, disease, problem based learning, and science writing.

Below are some blogs I find interesting and educational in the context of this course:

"Scope" is a blog run by Stanford Medicine.  It is informative and often reports on new discoveries and research findings concerning health and medical research or medical studies - and not only from Stanford.

"But Doctor I Hate Pink" is a blog about breast cancer and how author Ann Silberman lives with breast cancer and faces the challenges that come with the illness every day.  I discovered the blog when I coached a rowing team comprised of breast cancer survivors, Recovery On Water (ROW).

Although not a written blog (does this count?) I listen to "RadioLab" more frequently than I do my car radio.  The hosts (especially Jad!) are wonderful at explaining the biology and history behind the stories they cover.

This post from Collective Evolution struck me when I read it, did not believe it, and then watched Dr. Walhs' video.  I have since become more interested in MS and in the effeects of what food truly does to our bodies.  I believe this is in some ways relevant to this class because as we have evolved as human beings, the food that we intake has changed with us, in some ways at our own hands, and we, as a population, have since prospered and suffered because of those changes.


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