Hunter College’s Pre-Dental Society

Hello, My name is Bobby Alonzo and I am a currently serving on Hunter College’s Pre-Dental Executive Board as the “Director of shadowing and assisting.”  My job is to find shadowing opportunities for all Pre-Dental students so they can be competitive upon applying to Dental school.  If you are interested in Dentistry and would like to become a member of the Pre-Dental Society at Hunter College, go to our website (https://huntercollegepredentalsociety.shutterfly.com/), scroll to the bottom of the page and click the word “form” that is highlighted in purple.  As a member, you will attend impressions programs, a CPR course, a dental lab and partake in other fun activities.  Once the year is over, you will uncertainly become more acquainted with your future career as a dentist.  If you should have any questions, feel free to email the Pre-Dental Society (PDS) at “pds.hunter@gmail.com.”  I am in high hopes that all readers of this post have a wonderful day.

Smiles,

Bobby. 🙂

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The Cultured and Guilt-Free Reason To Stop Studying

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Halt the irksome studying of the sciences for a weekend of culture.

Begin in Africa (no, not by actually going there) with Mother of George a film with a Nigerian culture motif where a woman struggles to conceive a child, and with mounting pressure from her oppressive mother-in-law, she must take drastic measures to save her marriage; the last day to view the film is Thursday, (9/26) at BAM, students tickets are $9. Since you’re a world culture aficionado you won’t be tired for a trip East to experience Brooklyn Looks East, a festival of Eastern inspired arts by Brooklyn based artists. This Saturday, (9/28. 8 PM, tickets $20) the festival will feature art forms like Raga music and classical Indian dance produced by the Delhi Dance Theater.

UPDATE: Mother of George can also been seen at Angelika New York

From Mind-Numbing, To Mind Fondling

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You and your friends are not captivating individuals, kindling thought with every utterance and when alone you’re not blissfully escaping in the depth of your vast inner life. Why? Because your daily conversations penetrate the vapid concerns of reality shows or some inane gossip (deep insight can be gained from the humdrum, however its rare). In the Waking Life , an animated film written and directed by the exceptional art cinema auteur Richard Linklater, characters consider the nature of dreams, consciousness, and existentialism. Throughout the film an unnamed protagonist living an ethereal existence observes philosophical discussions involving other characters. Discussions such as:

“Man wants chaos. In fact, he’s got to have it. Depression, strife, riots, murder. All this dread. We’re irresistibly drawn to that almost orgiastic state created out of death and destruction. It’s in all of us. We revel in it.”

“What are these barriers that keep people from reaching anywhere near their real potential? The answer to that can be found in another question and that’s this: Which is the most universal human characteristic: fear, or laziness?”

Watch Waking Life more than once to experience its soft caress fondle your mind into the supple knowing of existence.

Are You Sure You Want To Be A Doctor?

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Before Dr. Sandeep Jauhar became a cardiologist with a thriving practice he was a dithering also-ran physicist before the age of twenty-five. Intern: A Doctor’s Initiation is Dr. Jauhar’s absorbing experience for a more humane career. Many pre-med students have heard the brutal and languishing tales of residency. Intern presents Dr. Jauhar’s anecdotes of botching the blood pressure check on a patient who later dies during an aortic dissection and when he misses the high blood sodium level of a man who then suffers irreversible brain damage with humility, self-doubting angst, and candor. Dr. Jauhar throughout his residency laments that sometimes as a doctor he’s impatient, emotionless and paternalistic. As you read Intern, penetrating introspection may arise as you probe whether you have the fortitude to pursue medicine. Yet, the self-doubt is healthy as Dr. Jauhar shows self-questioning can be its own reward.

The New Dawn In Health Care Rising

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The Affordable Care Act and insurance exchanges starts October 1.

Still confused about how it will work? Is it still a law, considering the Republicans forty-plus zealously repeal attempts? According to a USA Today/Pew poll, a paltry 25% of Americans said they have a “very good understanding of the law”.

Key Points on The Affordable Care Act:

1. October 1, people without insurance can sign-up for insurance on the exchange

2. January 1, insurance coverage begins

Click the link below to watch NPR’s Julie Rovner answer frequently ask questions about the law.

www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/health/july-dec13/obamacare_09-17.html

Bioinformatics: The tapestry of Biology, Computer Science, and Math

How can genetic researchers store the genetic code of various organisms more efficiently, while defending their budgets? How can we, more importantly, interpret genetic data more pragmatically and more accurately, very possibly fully cracking the secrets of nature and it’s genes? Enter stage-right, Bioinformatics.

Genetics is the breath of life behind all living creatures, but the challenges of sequencing a huge collection of data are numerous. It could be matter-of-factly stated that the sequence of one human’s genetic material takes roughly 200 gigabytes of data. To those whom don’t understand the magnitude, that’s roughly 100 DVD’s with entire movies on them. That is a lot of material to analyze, especially considering exactly what kind of data we are sequencing: the various arrangements of our nucleotides.

A nucleotide can be thought of as the building block of the gene, in the same way you could think of the letters of the alphabet being the building blocks of words, only in the case of nucleotides there are only four “letters” in lieu of the 26 alphabet. Humans have tens of thousands of genes, most of which aren’t fully understand, not to mention so-called “junk DNA” of which function we are ambiguous about. We have 3 billion nucleotides in our DNA makeup, that is a lot of letters.

Some of the most important questions in our study of life have a camp in this field, and it’s no secret that the titans of throwing their coins on the table. The secrets behind the genetics program that makes your skin overproduce oil and lax exfoliation, causing acne ( we’ve all been there!) the secrets behind the information of our T-cells and it’s susceptibility to the HIV virus; the genetics that spur on cancer.. the list rolls on and on. Some say that this is the field of this generation, and I am very much inclined to agree with them, not only because it’s my field of study, but also because it’s possible crops will be bountiful for mankind.

Who knows? In the same way my parents wouldn’t dare let their mind dream of an iphone or email or the internet, we aren’t dare let ourselves dream of our future?

Your Belly: A Microbiome Nirvana of Gut Bugs

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A young man applies a nauseating amount of cologne before his blind date, he arrives to the restaurant and then he sees her and thinks…

“She’s a SUPER HOT – Microbe!”

The young would be paramour isn’t under the influence of narcotics rather he’s accurate in his description because according to this article Microbiome: How Bugs may be crucial to your health by Karen Weintraub microscopic bugs live all over our body, these bugs are vastly prodigious in number that they outnumber human cells by a factor of 10; thus you are principally more microbe than human. No need for a hullaballoo because these bugs are essential to your life and your cells, they’ve been around since time immemorial and our bodies have adapted to them and they to us.

As you read this, the over 1000 species of microbes that live in your gut is helping you control digestion of that pizza from last nights study group. These ravenous bugs as if they didn’t have enough work, influence the immune system, and recent scholarship suggests that gut microbes could have an influence on cancer.

The ever-evolving knowledge of the human body/health according to Bruce Birren, co-director of the Genome Sequencing and Analysis Program at the Broad Institute, “can’t really [be] understood without understanding how we interact with all these microbes”.

Other Key Points From The Article:

  1. Two major projects to understand the bugs that colonize us culminated (Human Microbiome Project; Metagenomics of the Human Intestinal Tract)
  2. One person’s genome differs only 0.1% from another’s; while their gut genomes may differ by 50%
  3. Good bacteria keeps the bad in check, for the most part
  4. Fecal transplants are finally here! Yes, you read that right, Fecal transplants: taking feces from a healthy person and inserting it anally into the colon of another – worst spring break prank ever.