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January 12, 2011, 4:28 pm
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That’s U of T engineering for you…

December 3, 2010, 12:07 am
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It was just brought to my attention that NASA made an incredibly interesting finding that has been released to public today. I thought I’d share the love since my beloved did because this is absolutely cool. Science nerds unite and let us wonder in awe.

I introduce you… GFAJ-1


November 13, 2010, 6:52 pm
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Sitting at the hotel waiting for the banquet dinner to begin soon. All the way at Queen’s University, far from home (realistically only 3 hours from Toronto). Attending the Canadian Undergraduate Conference on Healthcare (CUCOH) this year and also presenting a poster on research I did just the past summer.

Last night’s social event was simply plain awkward as I tried my best to socialize with others. Don’t you just hate it when the other person just give nothing for you to feedback on? It just makes it all the more worse. The venue was nice at Zappas Lounge, and a little dance floor that barely anyone one of us waltzed to. I am quite impressed, however, at just how many people from other Canadian universities actually came to attend the event as opposed to simply coming to just compete. In fact, I haven’t met more than 1 person that will also be presenting. Odd.

Today’s itineary is was just full of speakers. Francesca Grosso was the first keynote speaker of the conference and she has a great sense of humour. It must be her Italian background and her ability to reenact her father’s words. The message I think she wanted everyone to bring back home is:  the key to navigating the healthcare is to not navigate at all. And in some sense, I find that I do agree with her. The individual responsibility of keeping records of key medications that we take, organizing a proper team such as having nurse practitioners, good dietians, etc, and also bring someone with you to the hospital. The latter I find especially true, the hospital can be quite hectic and things can be easily dismissed and you honestly need someone there to be persistent for especially if you’re in no state to make coherent statements. Self-management is such an important key aspect. We may spend only a few visits to a doctors office for checkups or medication, but the rest of the 90% is all up to us. She also posed an interesting stance on ehealth which I won’t further comment because I barely know anything myself at the moment.

The second seminar I chose to attend was nice integrated participant discussion but I wasn’t particularily interested nor felt like I was able to take anything really from it. The last seminar that I just got back from by Dr. Jacalyn Duffin was extremely enjoyable to sit through. The origins of healthcare was the main topic and she started with a great history of father of medicare, Tommy Douglas. It was definitely a good knowledge to finally gain. She even had the 1939 Time Magazine featuring Henry E. Sigerist, a well acclaimed socialist physician at the time, which I got to flip through and enough time to snap a few photos. She even brought the Hall Commission documents stored at Queen’s library. Truly amazing.  She makes me wants to go to Queen’s just for her classes.

And I end this post with just enough time to make it to the dinner. Bon appetit.

The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
September 28, 2010, 1:29 pm
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I heard an amazing lecture on T.S. Eliot’s Prufrock while sitting in one of Ted’s modern literature class. I loved it when I studied it highschool but love it even more after listening to it again at the Isabel Bader Theatre. Professor Nick Mount is good and his songs are always so fitting during the breaks. Will keep auditing and read his list of books.

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When you study too much…
March 17, 2010, 11:56 pm
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I could definitely study at a desk like this. Doesn’t it just look so welcoming and green?

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Knox’s College Caven library gives me that kind of feeling too except minus the green. Not a lot people know about it but it’s small, quiet, comfy and old. My ideal place when I don’t want anyone bothering me at all. They also have this clositer area and usually have some chairs and tables set up for you to sit and study, or simply to just enjoy a cup of coffee with your book. Forgot to mention when you look to your right or left you see a really nice garden. A couples swing in the garden too. Perfect place to get some textbook reading done and enjoy fresh air. I will be spending most of my time in the cloister area right when the weather warms up a bit more.

Knox College Library

Knox College Cloister

Knox College Garden

Knox College Interior

Hogwarts like?

From: Cup of Jo, utoronto.ca/knox

March 15, 2010, 6:54 pm
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Collapsed on top of a desk at Robarts and got knocked out for a good hour. I really hate my Monday mornings and have to resort to naps to make me at least functional. It’s especially bad when you have a dream about sitting at the same desk deriving logic questions and get woken up when another person comes and slams their textbook on the table. The one part of university I won’t miss.

Balloon Girl

I’m the Fundraising Coordinator for this year’s Dignitas Team at U of T St. George. We held a Race for Dignity event last week, Feb 4th,  to help fundraise and raise awareness for the HIV/AIDS pandemic in the MSB lobby. A 12-hour Bike-a-thon event. No, you don’t bike 12 hours straight. You come in and book what time you want to ride with a team. We had an awesome bake sale, and those that bought something would know. The prizes were even more awesome. I pulled in some great donations from Lush (A Hat Box FILLED with soap and salt goodness), Umbra gift cards, a signed Maple Leafs Hockey Stick (I took a picture to remember my hard work for the stick), and more of course. Those who didn’t participate, you truly missed out but don’t FRET, there’s still next year. Raised quite a bit of money and relieved  to know it’s going to the right place.
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