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(2012-03-16 06:37:30)
3/10/12Iamcollaboratingwith____at______onagrantproposal.Thisisourthirdtimeworkingtogether.SometimesIcan’thelpcomparingmyselftoher.Sheworksatabigresearchuniversity,andIamworkingatasmallteachinguniversity;sheisafewyearsyoungerthanmeandalreadyafullprofessor,andIamstillanassociateprofessortothisday;shealreadymadehernamewithinherfield,andIamanamelessandinvisiblepersonoutsidemybuilding.Iamoftenwonderin...[阅读全文]
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(2012-03-13 16:20:13)
3/8/12(Friday)Yesterday,whilewaitingformysontofinishhispianolesson,IreadanoldissueofReader’sDigestonhispianoteacher’scoffeetable.Isawafewgoodquotesorsayings.NowIamtryingtorecallafewofthem:1.Ifyoutakecareofthemoments,theyearswilltakecareofthemselves.2.Themostbeautifulthingintheworld,ofcourse,istheworlditself.3.Youdon’thavetobeaheroineaddictoraperformingpoettoexperiencetheextremities,andyoujustha...[阅读全文]
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(2012-03-13 16:17:59)
3/5/12(Monday)Thebook“TheimmortalLifeofHenriettaLacks”isastoryfullofsadness,sorrow,aswellasdeterminationandtriumph.FromthecommentsIhavereadonthisbook,IamunderimpressionthatmostofthereaderssympathizewithHenriettaLacksandherfamily,blamingJohnHopkinsfortakinghercellswithoutacknowledgementfromherfamily.MostofthereadersalsofeelthatherimmediatefamilydeservessomeformsofmonetarycompensationfromJohnHopki...[阅读全文]
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(2012-03-13 16:16:22)
2/24/12(Friday)
IfinishedreadingtheIntroductionof“TheBotanyofDesire”–HumanBumblebee.Herearethetwomainpointsinthischapter.1.Justliketheco-evolutionaryrelationshipbetweenbumblebeeandfloweringplants,humanalsohasaco-evolutionaryrelationshipwiththeirso-calleddomesticplants.Inthisrelationship,twopartnerstrytoadvancetheirowninterests,andinthemeantimetradefavorswitheachother.Forexample,inbee-plantr...[阅读全文]
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(2012-03-13 16:12:11)
2-23-12(Thursday)Iamreading“TheBotanyofDesire”byMichaelPollanforthesecondtime.Thisisaverysuccessfulbook,whichisveryunusualforabookaboutplants.Ialwayswonderwhythisbookissosuccessful,andwhatIcanlearnfromtheauthor.HerearewhatIthink:1.Heviewsthingsfromadifferentangle.Heseestherelationshipsbetweenpeopleandplantsfromadifferentview–aplant’spointofview.2.Heintegrateshistory,philosophy,art,mythology,an...[阅读全文]
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(2012-03-13 16:08:02)
2/18/12
“Contagion”isaverygoodmovie,anditisworthwatching.Eventhoughitisafictionalmovie,ithasastrongscientificbacking.
Influenzavirusesarenastydiseaseagents.TheycanjumpfromonehosttoanotherandshuffletheirDNAswithotherviralspeciesintheprocess,creatingchimericdeadlyviruses.Inthismovie,aseedisdroppedbyabatandiseatenbyapig.Presumably,achimericvirusiscreatedinthepigbycombiningpiecesofDNAsfroman...[阅读全文]
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(2012-03-13 16:05:17)
2/17/2012Iamreading“TheImmortalLifeofHenriettaLacks”.Iam57%throughnow.TodayIamwritingdownthebiologicalfactsIlearnedsofarfromthisbookbeforeIforgetthem.1.CervixcanceriscausedbyaviruscalledHPV-18(HumanPapillomaVirus–18).TheviruscaninsertitsDNAintothehumanchromosomes.InHenriettaLacks’case,multiplecopiesofHPV-18’sDNAwerefoundinherDNA.Oneofthemwasinsertedintothelongarm(q)ofherchromosome11,andmutate...[阅读全文]
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(2012-03-13 16:03:06)
2/14/12TodayisValentine’sDay.MyhusbandisinToronto,andIamhereathome.NaturallywedidnotdoanythingforValentine’sDay,andweevendidnotexchange“HappyValentine’sDay”whenhecalledmetonight.Itisprettysad.IrecallthatweusedtogooutfordinnerontheValentine’sDay.Whenwewerenottogether,hemail-orderedflowersforme.NowwejustspendtheValentine’sDaylikeanyotherday.Itiscertainlynotagoodsign.IhadaconversationwithCarla...[阅读全文]
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(2012-03-11 14:13:07)
2/16/2012
IwasanavidfanofJeremyLininthepastseveraldays.Likemanyofhisfans,IwastouchedbyhisCinderella-likestory.Manyofuscanrelatetohiminonewayoranother-beingAsianAmericans,strugglingwithstereotypingconstantly,clingingdesperatelytoourdreamsthatarefadingaway,etal.Butonethingsetshimapartfromus:JeremyLindoesnotgiveupeasily,andhispersistenteffortandrelentlesspursuitofhisdreamfinallygothimheretoday.阅读全文]
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(2012-03-11 09:54:13)
3/3/12(Saturday)Iamstillinthechapter1of“Thebotanyofdesire”.Iamabittooslow,becauseIhavebeenworkingonmypartofacollaborativeproposalwithaprofessorat______University.IdidnothavemuchchancetoabsorbwhatIhaveread,butIwanttowritedownwhatIhavelearnedsofar.
1.ApplespeciesisnativetoKazakhstan,andwildapplesoverthereproducesmallandbitterfruits.TheSilkRoadoncepassedthroughthewildappleforestsinKazakhstan.Wh...[阅读全文]
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