A Scent of Jasmine in China

In the United States, there are a few generally accepted truths that pervade the national mindset. This begins with first, and perhaps foremost, the idea that rule by the people, if not American democratic republicanism itself, is the best form of government. Lockstep with the hegemony of democracy is the perceived inevitability of its spreading to every corner of the earth. Alongside yet separate from these ideas is the belief that China, an authoritarian regime, is on the rise.

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Summer Research Introduction – Modeling Ca signals in cardiac myocytes

Hi! I’m a rising senior, Neuroscience major and Kinesiology minor. This summer I will be working with Prof. Smith to learn more about mathematical modeling. I first got interested in mathematical modeling while taking Prof. Smith’s Cellular Biophysics and Modeling class (APSC 351), which is a Neuroscience major requirement. For me, this class took Neuroscience to the next level. At some point during every lecture, I would catch myself thinking, “Wow, this is so cool!” We were actually explaining phenomena with ODEs and graphs¬†that I’ve learned about in other classes. My junior year, I had the opportunity to work in Prof. Steven’s Cognitive Neuroscience¬†Lab, which was a great experience. This summer, I’ll be shifting from the behavioral level to the cellular level. It will also be nice to take a break from the brain to study and learn more about cardiac physiology. In order to get the most exposure to mathematical modeling, I’ll also be attending Prof. Shaw’s lab meetings. Her research focuses mostly on modeling population dynamics. I’m looking forward to learning more about mathematical modeling’s role in Epidemiology and Public Health.

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