26 January 2007

What is SPUR?

Sponsored Programs for Undergraduate Research. It's a program that allows you to come up with your own resarch project, with the help of a faculty mentor - and it gives your lab money to work on your research. Where does the money come from? Donations from Alumni in the College of Natural Resources! What a great use of resources! When you're studying the sciences at a credible institution you're expected to have a bit of research experience under your belt before entering the working world....

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26 January 2007

Why I love CNR

They took me in. I was rejected from UC Santa Cruz, UC Riverside, UCLA and UC Davis. Not too often that you meet someone at Berkeley that was flat-out rejected from the lower-ranked UC schools. The only school that even considered my application was Riverside; other than Berkeley, that is. Why did they reject me?

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23 January 2007

Recommended Class

Last semester was my last fall semester of my undergraduate career and i took some really interesting classes. My favorite class of last semester was Economics 181: International Trade taught by Professor Ann Harrison (in the fall at least). This class is available to Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors and it is only taught in the fall. This class is a four unit class with prerequisites of Econ 100A-100B or 101A-101B. Here is the class website if anyone would like to check it out: http://emlab.berkeley.edu/users/webfac/harrison/e181_f06/e181.shtml. I am also providing the class description from the course sillabus. All this information is coming the course website listed above. "This course covers the microeconomics of international trade, and related issues of US trade policy, developing country trade policies, foreign direction investment and multinational corporations. We begin with a brief introduction and then develop a theoretical framework to help us understand (1) why countries trade with each other and what determines trade patterns (2) whether trade is beneficial for a country and (3) how trade affects the distribution of income within a country. We then analyze the effects of commercial policy (ie tariffs) on trade and economic welfare. We conclude with a discussion of recent issues, including the World Trade Organization (WTO), regional trade agreements such as NAFTA, the impact of trade policy on growth, and other current concerns. Since I feel that there is not enough data analysis conducted in most classes, I will supplement the readings and the text with handouts whenever possible. I will expect you to become proficient in reading tables, graphs, and figures. An understanding of basic regression analysis, although helpful, is not required." (Harrison, class website). I recommend all students who are interested in these issues to take the class. The class is only three hours of lecture and an hour of discussion every week but it doesnt feel like three hours at all. At least for me it didnt. The Professor is really nice and approachable and really knows her stuff. He has had a lot of experience in the field and is always will to talk about in office hours. She also does a really good job of applying the material to what is happenning in the world today.

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22 January 2007


This entry is for a couple of my housemates. They seemed a little lost around a newly-aquired cymbidium, so it seemed like a good time to give everyone a few pointers on tending to California's easiest-to-tend orchid.

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21 January 2007

Life in the New Semester

First week of class is over. An incredible semester before me. After the headaches of last semester's challenging coursework, I'm ready for a new start. I'm excited about my instructors: Bruce Baldwin teaches Systematics of Vascular Plants, Chelsea Specht for Plant Morphology, and Dean Kelch for California Plant Life. Monday I'll start in Chelsea Specht's Research Lab. Good stuff.

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20 January 2007

Back From The Writhing Clutches of Old Man Winter? Not Really.

Took a break I did. A long long long Winter Break. I don't know about you but I can get used to four week sabbaticals. To tell you what I did over the break would be to advertise unspeakable acts our University can never sanction. You know, things like reading and stuff. To those who want to go to Berkeley, get a rolly luggage thing if you don't want to lug 30 pounds of luggage through treacherous locales such as Oakland. I totally utterly forgot how arduous and lactose-infused the feat was. And even in that case I had that rolling luggage. Earlier occasions I had a strap-on-shoulder-ruin-your-pitching-career-forever bag. I give myself full credit and admiration for my Herculean triumph. Last year I took science classes such as Math 1B and Chem 1A. I really admire the geniuses who are moving on to Chem 3A and Math 53. Good Lord knows I sneezed through on sheer, goggle eyed luck. This semester I am taking something outside of the standard science/engineering criteria my electrical engineer father suggested: stuff like film and economics. Totally unrelated and random but I'll tie it into Cal life so I won't get deleted off this blog: I told Google Finance to keep real time track of certain stocks I bought earlier this year and lately - because class is still starting and calm-before-storm kind of thing - I have taken to wasting the huge amount of spare time I have to draw out my own stock charts. On paper. With a pen. Like good old J. P. Morgan used to do it. My roomie thinks he's rooming with a crazy American-Psycho Jason Bateman or whatever now. More power to me. Least he doesn't bring in visitors anymore.

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01 January 2007

Home Sweet Home

Being at home means more than delicious homemade food and a warm fireplace. It means relaxing, making a milk shake just because you can, staying up late only because you don't have class the next morning, fighting with your mom only because it reminds you of the good old days, driving to Starbucks because you can't do that at school, washing your car in the freezing cold because you HAVE a car, and taking 4 showers a day because you have your own bathroom and hot water is guaranteed.

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