This course studies how bioart blurs distinctions between science and art through the combination of artistic and scientific processes, creating wide public debate. It explores the history of biotechnology as well as social implications of this science.
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These are extraordinary times and the usual topics of this class will be addressing issues around COVID 19.
Attached is the google doc with my final paper!
Thanks for a great quarter!!!!
[I had written this blog last week, when the anti-racism movement (and anti-discrimination movement as a whole) had just begun. I am proud to see how much of the country has strongly stood up against these institutionally-rooted issues, and I will continue to do my part in any way I can. I hope everyone stays safe and healthy!]
COVID-19 Global Impacts: Healthcare & Biomedical Research - UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy
In today's class, Tristan presented the flow and individual chapter abstracts for our Health group. Professor Vesna has the recording and I also emailed her the presentation, and she said she will share it with the rest of the class. I decided to put the link to the presentation on my blog here as well for easy access. Feel free to hae a look:
Initial meetings with my group proved somewhat interesting as we had to find a way to somehow connect technology and economy in a seamless way. This proved further difficult as one of my group peers, Josh, had originally come from a much more “social” aspect for his paper and final. Our first course of action was re-shaping of some of our respective papers.
Updates on our group project:
After meeting with my group once again, we laid out exactly what points we hope to cover in our essays in order to determine what is the best way to link everything together. We decided to do the presentation in a somewhat chronological order with Carolyn going first as she would be talking about the past. Her paper will discuss the past and present about vaccine protest and opposition.
My group is structuring our group in chronology (past, present, and future implications of anti-vaccine movements), and my topic falls within the “present” category. Our chapter is specifically geared towards explaining the history behind the anti-vaccine movement, how it is playing out today during the COVID-19 pandemic, and future ideas and implications of how we can combat these anti-vax ideals moving forward, as artists, scientists, and as a society as a whole.
My chapter will be titled, “Art in the Quest to Vaccinate the World”
After meeting with Dr. Vesna and my group this past week, I think that we are on pretty good track for our final booklet. My entry will go second to last and will hopefully tie together essays about bread making and medicine. I am still working on completing the entirety of my essay, but I have made good progress on my essay, and have found some public domain/creative commons images to include in my final essay.
Updates: Tentatively, our title is "Strategies for Maintaining Physiological and Mental Health during COVID-19," which will be divided into two central parts: (1) strategies from a physiological perspective, and (2) strategies from a mental health and awareness perspective.
After discussing our group's progress with Dr.Vesna, we came to the conclusion that there will be two main parts to the sustainability chapter. 1) The environment can help us 2) We can help the environment. My piece is the first piece in the first part, which introduces core environmental topics and biomimicry. Other people within part 1 will go more in depth to these topics, so my contribution will provide an overview and background knowledge. I am struggling with getting original images/artworks of biomimicry that are not copywrited. I am hoping to figure this out this week.
Our group will be covering technology and economics during the Covid-19 pandemic, and we have determined the order in which we will put together our final papers in our booklet.