“When you look at the sunflowers you planted six weeks ago and they now dwarf you, it puts all the intellectual parts of your learning in a pretty real-world frame of reference — you can see growth visibly come to life, and it’s really satisfying.”—UCLA’s Anne McKnight talking about her class on urban agriculture.
“There is no creature more revered in American politics than the moderate voter. Unlike the ideologues and partisans destroying politics, the moderate is free of cant and independent of party. She yearns for politicians who get along, who govern reasonably and incrementally, who steer a course between the extremes of the left and the right. …The only problem is moderates are largely a statistical myth — and efforts to empower them may, accidentally, lead to the rise of more extreme candidates.”—
What do you know about MD/JD's, have you ever come across one? Do you think there's a major intersection between the fields of law and medicine? I'm determined to pursue medicine but law has always intrigued me too and I can't help but think there is some kind of relationship between the two. Thoughts? Thank you!
Hey, this is a really good question! There definitely is an overlap between the two disciplines in the field of health law — so looking at the regulation of the health industry, representing patients/providers, and developing health policy. UCLA offers a law/public health concurrent degree and UC San Diego offers a Health Law degree.
It may be worth reaching out to these programs (or the faculty who teach there) and seeing if they can tell you more about what you could do at the intersection of these fields — or if there are other ways of connecting medicine and law.
If you are interested in seeing what other joint/concurrent degree programs are offered with medicine or law, you can take a peek at UC’s degree search tool.
Does anyone out there in the tumblr-sphere have experience with law and medicine or other advice?
How does one find internships? Unfortunately, many of my peers are having trouble finding science-related internships, mainly ones relating to lab work, and I myself don't know where to start.
Google is your friend. Get intimate with it. There are a lot of databases/lists of internships floating around, but you usually have to dig a bit to find them.
Here’s an incomplete list of ones I’ve personally taken note of. Most are in the US or the UK, and they’re mostly available to international students. There are MANY more programs open to US and EU citizens; you guys have a lot more options.
LISTS of STEM internships/programs in all fields:
Berkeley (geared towards Medical/Health Sciences but with lots of general links too)
“Our universe might be part of a multiverse, perhaps even an infinite multiverse, with all these bubbles going off, all these little Big Bangs … and we’re just one of these bubbles. That’s kind of freaky, huh?”—UC Berkeley’s Dr. Alex Filippenko talking about some interesting astronomical insights.
Chef Alice Waters believes that food can be a catalyst for deeper transformations in education and culture. At her UCLA talk, she argues that the grave issues we face — poverty, fair wages for workers, violence and climate change — are all by-products of something much deeper: a culture of fast food values.
In the United States, there’s a complete mixing up of the idea of “affordability” and “cheapness.” There’s a deep feeling that value is equated with bargains. No one understands the real prices of things anymore because: 1. no one tells them and 2. everything is supported artificially with subsidies and corporate sleight of hand and credit.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been accused of being a Farmers market philanthropist because I believe in paying people for the true cost of their food and their products. And people say that I’m artificially driving up the prices of food in the markets. And I say, it’s the discounted prices that are artificial. I feel that it’s my responsibility to pay for the true cost of things, if I can.
The truth is — and I think we all need to learn this —things can be affordable, but they can never be cheap.When I hear somebody say, “I just got something cheaper here,” I feel intuitively that somebody, somewhere is being sold out.
“The issue of ‘food’ is not just about what we eat. It’s about delivery systems. Climate issues. Population growth. Policy. All of these and more come into play when you begin to think about the colliding forces that shape the world’s food future.”—
Today, a billion people suffer from chronic hunger or serious micronutrient deficiencies. Another 1/2 billion people are obese. There’s also work to do right here at home: almost 16 million children across our the US live in food insecure households. Put on top of that the increasing pressure on our natural resources, land and water, and you can see the magnitude of what we have before us.
The University of California has a big goal: harnessing the collective power of our research to help put the world on a path to feed itself sustainably and nutritiously.