Monday, January 10, 2011

Players write about an interesting course or assignment from the fall

We asked team members recently to respond to 7 questions while they were on break.  We'll be posting their responses over the next month to these questions so let's start with an academic one.

Question --- Tell us about an interesting course or assignment you had this past fall.

1. Steven KearneyI got to go to the San Francisco Exploratorium on a field trip for my psychology class. There were a bunch of interesting illusion displays including a machine that could sense your emotions just by measuring the pulse in your finger.

2.  Shane Lebow - I took an Intro to Nutrition class this fall quarter which I found to be very interesting. We learned how important food is to your everyday life. It was amazing to hear that many diseases and illnesses can be avoided through the use of specific food groups. The class really opened my eyes to the effects of my diet.

3.  Steve Ziegler - I took a course titled “The Economics of Education” which was very interesting because I not only learned about how the United States finances its education system but how the financial strategies of other nations differ.

4.  Graham Brockington - I took a class called “Organizations,” in the Management Science and Engineering department.  We talked a lot about leadership and motivation and it was interesting drawing parallels between the material in the class and our team.  It is essential to have good leadership and for the players to be motivated.   After going through the class I feel like our team has both leadership and strong motivation, and it was exciting to see how the concepts I learned can be applied to our team. 

5.  Andrew Yun - An interesting course I took this fall was Psychology 1. Although it was just an intro course, it was extremely informative and had loads of ideas and content that really interested me. I am considering pursuing Psychology as a major, so this class was both fun and important. On a side note, the lecturer for the class was Professor James Gross, who happened to be Coach Rowe's mentor! 

6.  Cameron Wilson - My IHUM course was taught by the famous author Tobias Wolff. (This Boy's Life)

7. Wilson Bowen - Had to sit next to Graham Brockington in class one day. That was interesting.

8.  Andrew De Decker - I took an introsem on Human Experimentation. Really cool stuff, best class I've taken at Stanford to date. -- editor's note introsem stands for introductory seminar (see below for a description of this class).

9.  Sihwan Kim - Slept 3 hours in two days during finals.

10.  David Chung - Had to research the 2010 Delaware Primary featuring the infamous Christine O'Donnell.

HUMBIO 90Q: Contemporary Issues in Human Experimentation
Preference to sophomores. The guiding principles currently used to protect human subjects in terms of informed consent and protection of privacy; ethical issues relating to compensatory mechanisms for inherent risks; historical perspective and the development of the current mechanisms to safeguard the privacy and integrity of the individual; examples of use/abuse of human experimentation during medieval, Nazi, and modern times. Guest speakers currently performing human experiments or involved in approving such experimentation.

Next question is "Tell us something about you or your family that your teammates don't know."

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