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STEM110T spring 2012 33597

Activity 4 April 20, 2012

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Me: Briefly explain what biotechnology means to you.

Interviewer 1/Tiana:  bio usually means the way we understand living things so maybe biotechnology means how a living organism may be altered whether it means the way our food is processed in fast food, etc.

Tiana:  Are you in favor of further industrial research in this field?  If it is going to help our food products and not hurt it, why not. 

Me: Provide at least one reason for you stance in this issue.

 Tiana:  I strive to eat healthy, and with researchers saying how we can’t eat this food, and that food because of a problem that could effect our health is crazy.  Whatever needs to be done, make it happen.

Me:  What is your academic major?

Tiana: Public Health


Me:  Briefly explain what biotechnology means to you. 

2nd Interviewer Christy:  I honestly do not know what biotechnology means, but I would have to guess that it has something to do with the study of the world and technology.

Me:  Are you in favor of further industrial research in this field?

Christy:  If it is going to harm animals, or or world, then no.  Some things are meant to be left alone.  All this recreating food, cloning, etc. is not neccessary.

Me:  Provide at least one reason for your stance on this issue.

Christy:  I am a believer that things are placed here on Earth for a reason.  It is not our place to figure out well what if we do this, or try to change that.  God created everything the way He wanted it to be.  But than again, I could be bias. 

Me:  What is your academic major?

Christy:  Mass Comm.



The Future of Norfolk as we know It! March 1, 2012

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There is a lot of potential in the city of Norfolk as we know it.  My proposal will be discussing how we can make Norfolk “greener” or more eco-friendly and energy sufficient.  Norfolk has already started to become a “green” city whether we know it or not; but I would like to see more of it especially in neighborhoods that have so much potential to build up and possibly bring more people to the community.  Having more eco-friendly houses will bring modern and unique lifestyles in homes to the affordable, everyday person.  This project will be started by using already existing sites that aren’t being used well.  I think that having an earth friendly general store that sells eco everything either recycled, organic and natural care products, biodegradable household items, fair trade art, etc. will allow Norfolk to see that change that everyone has always wanted to see! 

Prezi link! Enjoy!! 🙂


The Shareable Future of Cities February 20, 2012

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  • How many people does Steffen estimate we will have living in or near cities by mid-century?

8 billion or perhaps more.

  • Explain how you agree or disagree with Steffen’s point that our energy use is “predestined” rather than “behavioral”.

I agree with Steffen’s point that energy us is “predestined” because we’ve gotten so used to a certain type of energy usage esp depending on the type of community we live in.

  • What correlation does Steffen make between a city’s density and its climate emissions?

 The denser cities have a lower climate emission.  The denser the city may be, the less climate emissions it will be due to the less need for your own car, and more walking or public transportation.

  • What are the “eco districts” that Steffen mentions? How you see these as feasible or unfeasible in a city like Norfolk?

Eco districts- Places that already exist, but are put into a more sustainable neighborhood; in-field development, re-weeding urban development.  I think that it is feasible in Norfolk especially in downtown Norfolk by Waterside; and that would be great place to put it since Waterside is going out of business and bringing eco districts there will liven the area up a little bit.

  • Explain how you agree or disagree with the “threshold effect” that Steffen discusses related to transportation.

I agree to a certain extent.  If I understand, Steffen stated that people would stop driving as much, using no cars at all but only using public transportation.  That is true to a certain degree.  People are going to want to still own a car because despite a lot of resources being within walking distance; there are some people that just do not use public transportation because they don’t like it, and what If they have a friend who doesn’t live in walking distance or doesn’t live in bus transportation distance? Nonetheless, I totally see where Steffen is coming from though; if people have their resources right under them, why would use their car instead of walking or using public transportation?

  • What does Steffen mean by the idea that, “…even space itself is turning into a service…”? Can you provide any examples that you see here in Norfolk or elsewhere?

I believe Steffen meant that a lot of space that isn’t being used is being used nowadays.  Whether it be a billboard that says, “Put your advertisement on a billboard!” or even the Scope in downtown Norfolk for example.  It’s used as a place to see the circus, watch hockey games, wrestling matches, etc. 

  • Describe your understanding of Steffen’s argument that, “…it’s not about the leaves above, but the systems below…”.

I believe that Steffen was saying that it’s not about how much you do, but the EFFECTIVENESS of the project; in the hopes that the outcome is successful.

  • Finally, overall in what way(s) do you see Steffen’s ideas working / not working here in Norfolk? Spend time with this question! 

I think that Steffens ideas can work in some parts of Norfolk.  I think the focus needs to be on as I stated earlier, the Waterside area in downtown Norfolk, and some of the less improved areas that are overlooked by the community and overlooked by the city council.  I would like to see green infrastructure and urban street trees, pollinator pathways, soil and carbon sequestration, etc. on the streets of Norfolk. I can see big things happening to Norfolk, but it’s up to the community and city as a whole to make that happen.



Individual Problem Analysis February 13, 2012

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Social media policies are necessary for a sucessful social network or any type of internet website, etc.  Like everything else in the world there are rules that you have to abide by.  I took a look at Twitter’s terms and privacy policy.  Twitter is basically very open about what you post unless it’s something that goes against “The Twitter Rule.”  Twitter is there for you to express your thoughts, feelings and opinions about something that you feel strongly about.  It even has a gps location option so that you can post exactly where you are in the world.  Restrictions on Content and Use of the Services states that ” We reserve the right at all times (but will not have an obligation) to remove or refuse to distribute any Content on the Services and to terminate users or reclaim usernames.”  So while it is in fact YOUR twitter account, when you sign up, you soley give the right to ‘Twitter’ to terminate your account, or remove any content that is unappropriate on the social network for whatever reason they feel is necessary.  I think this is necessary for a company to be able to take off what they want if it doesn’t benefit or look good on the website’s behalf.

Below is a link of Twitters terms and policy:


‘Smart clothing’ could become wearable gadgets February 1, 2012

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‘Smart clothing’ could become wearable gadgets.


Health Information Privacy: Current Trends, Future Opportunities

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Abstract 1:  T… January 22, 2012

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Abstract 1:  Technology Overview and Impact

Wylie, F. W. (1984). Change…The Only Constant: THE ABILITY TO COPE WITH CHANGE. Vital Speeches Of The Day, 50(11), 333.

According to the author, change is an ongoing phenomenon; it’s what keeps the world going.  In this study, Disraeli states that in order to grow as a country, you have to pursue some type of change. As mentioned in the reading by Robert Frost, what you define and see as change may be perceived differently from others.  What you define as change isn’t necessarily the change that everyone wants to see.  Like Marcus Aurelius stated, anything you do is change.  Most of the time, we invite change and do any and everything we can to keep it progressing.  People look at change kind of bias depending on if it is benefiting them or not and that’s due to the two different types of change; ours and theirs.  We like our change, not too much of theirs though.  Once you master change, it is important that you don’t have a closed mind about the dreams and change that others want to see for themselves.  Whether it’s the number one priority which are children or women moving up in the world having equal rights.  If people stop fearing change, and work together as a unit, then they can cope with change in different areas in their lives and others.

I agree with the point that Wylie was trying to make about how change is going to happen whether we like it or not.  For social change, if we want to succeed, we must look at the other people’s views and see where they are coming from if we want to see change.  People can talk all about how they want change, but until we start actually seeing some change come into play, then words do not matter. Change can sometimes be a scary thing, but it is important for us to learn how to cope.