“He showed the words ‘chocolate cake’ to a group of Americans and recorded their word associations. “Guilt” was the top response. If that strikes you as unexceptional, consider the response of French eaters to the same prompt: ‘celebration.’”—UC Berkeley’s Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto (via darkryemag)
“When we talk about basic research, we are not talking about finding a cure for malaria. We are talking about exploring the chemistry and physiology that underlie how mosquitoes smell. In time, this may lead to scientific pathways that allow us to outwit mosquitoes and save millions of lives.”—
University of California President Janet Napolitano urging the nation’s leaders to increase government funding for basic research.
“Examining mechanisms that provide an insect with a sense of smell isn’t as glamorous as developing a mobile app that could be worth billions of dollars. But such research might lead to fighting mosquito-borne diseases like malaria - saving lives and generating billions of dollars.”—
As Napolitano correctly noted, the private sector has pretty much outsourced basic research, which can be time consuming, expensive and unprofitable, to public universities. Yet taxpayer support for public universities has fallen dramatically over the past 20 years.
“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?