BIOL368/F14:Class Journal Week 1

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Chloe Jones

  1. Denning - Pre-Reading Questions
    1. When I hear the term computer science I think about the computer generating information through what is imputed by the user. Also, I think of information being provided by the computer to aid/ assist in what the user is trying to find out or solve. Engineering also comes to mind.
    2. I think computer science to them involves somehow performing experiments on line, or an engineering component.
    3. I think computer science to them means finding out ways for the computer to help you develop stronger techniques in science. I think they assume that its science that involves a computer, but there not exactly sure where the computer comes into play
  2. Janovy -Pre-Reading Questions
    1. When I hear the term biology I think about living and non-loving organism and their ability to coexist in the world. I also think about things that are not visible to the eye, such as bacteria and pathogens.
    2. I would consider myself a biologist because I associate a biologist as studying biology and that is what I am doing at this university. I wouldn’t consider myself as expert biologist who knows everything, but I would consider myself a mediocre biologist who is familiar with things and knowledgeable about certain topics.
  3. Post-Reading Questions
    1. The purpose of the Denning article was to get the reader more aware of computer science and the role it actually plays in society. The purpose of Janovy articles was to understand what it is to be a biologist. I think he wanted the reader to understand that being a biologist goes beyond just knowing facts, but it is a way one thinks and lives their life.
    2. I would have to say the ‘The Programmer” appealed to me the most, because its provides help with things that we don’t even know are constantly getting assisting with.
    3. One of the seven principles was “recollection,” and I applied that to my job in the summer where files had to be looked up or found based on an alphabetical system.
    4. What I found most interesting about the Janovy reading was his the idea of giving his students taking a biology course a art magazine to observe and write about, and how that translated the students brain into a biological aspect to appreciate the environment that was depicted in the backdrop.
    5. A biologist is someone who studies nature, rather than humans. They are more interested in what has been on earth for more than the predicted age that man arrived. Biologist also want to observe the most competing force with humans and that is the environment. No, I do not consider myself a biologist because I lack the knowledge and training to properly make assertions about non-humans things in the environment. Biologists are trained professionals, who naturally have the talent to observe what is around them and make sense of the information. Although I am studying biology I lack knowledge to consider myself a biologist.

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Chloe Jones 03:46, 15 October 2014 (EDT)Chloe Jones

Isabel Gonzaga

  1. Denning - Pre-Reading Questions
    1. When I hear the term computer science, I think of the science and technologies that go into making computer processes work. This includes coding for various programs and the development of new technologies to allow for greater efficiency for users. I also think of it as ways to solve data management and informational problems. Computer science has a variety of applicabilities.
    2. I think that older generations have a more abstract view of computer science, as it may be a less familiar concept. They understand it as the study of creating new technologies, and the constant renewal and updating of previous models/versions, making them obsolete.
    3. Younger generations seem to be more familiarized with the concepts of computer science. Although they may not necessarily understand the processes that go behind their devices, they are generally more accustomed to the various devices and feel comfortable with using different technologies. They are also more comfortable with the idea of the technology as progress, and are more welcome to software/hardware updates for their devices.
  2. Janovy -Pre-Reading Questions
    1. When I hear the term biology I think of it as the study of life. This includes all life forms (plants, vertebrates, bacteria, etc) and their interactions between species.
    2. I would consider myself a biologist, as I am studying biology as a university. I have a desire to learn more about what constitutes living beings and how they have come to function.
  3. Post-Reading Questions
    1. The purpose of the Denning articles were to provide insight onto the world of Computer Science and disproving common misperceptions. Denning expanded ‘Computer Science’ into ‘Computing’, and showed how the science of computing is applicable and relevant across all fields. Denning hopes to revamp interest in the dying field of computer science.
    2. The Janovy chapter spoke about what it means to be a biologist. He expanded on how the various influences that shape our perception and values relative to the study of biology from early on, by detailing childhood experiences and examining the methods of which it is taught in schools.
    3. The Computational Thinker. I enjoy problem solving and figuring out processes to simplify existing methods/problems.
    4. Compression. Example: leaving voicemails
    5. I thought it was very interesting to see how he tied in the importance of integrating various disciplines into one’s understanding and perspectives as a biologist. He showed the necessity of having a diverse background to becoming a successful biologist. I was originally a psychology major before switching to biology. Part of the reason I switched was because of the stigma that the social sciences were not as pertinent (more specifically, to a career in medicine) as the hard sciences. It is interesting for me to see Janovy views the social sciences in such high regard, and how they can shape one’s ‘filter’ in how one studies biology.
    6. A biologist believes in a common bond unifying all species. Thus, they are able to look at diverse populations and find interest and commonalities in all beings. Biologists think critically, ask questions, and attempt to dig deep under the surface to gain a true understanding of the world around us. They look for connections and relationships in all beings, and seek to find solutions and answers to the posed problems and questions. I would consider myself a biologist. I am able to look at the organisms around me and view their significance in the larger role of lifeforms. I would also consider myself a biologist with a ‘social science filter’. I study biology and ask questions so that I may form conclusions and recommendations on how to better the environment and other forms of life around me.

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Isabel Gonzaga 22:40, 2 September 2014 (EDT)

Nicole Anguiano

Denning - Pre Reading Questions

  1. When I hear the term computer science, I think about the field that encompasses the workings of computers. This includes the hardware and its development as well as the development of code and algorithms. I also think computer science includes the process behind the development of code. Code, in its own way, has the scientific method behind it, only instead of working to answer a question or hypothesis, you are attempting to create something to solve a problem.
  2. When my older relatives or friends hear the term “computer science”, I believe that they think of the programs that computers can run, as well as the fixing of computer problems.
  3. When my younger relatives hear the term “computer science”, I believe they also think of computer programs, but perhaps have more of an understanding of the hardware of computers.

Denning - Post Reading Questions

  1. When I hear the term “biology”, the definition comes to mind. Biology is the study of life. Biology aims to answer the questions behind the mechanisms that allow life to exist.
  2. I do consider myself a biologist. I have grown up with a sense of wonder about the natural world. I’ve always wanted to find an answer to the questions behind why things work, and was never satisfied when there was no answer to such questions. While I may have switched my focus over to computer science, I know that computer science can be used for biological advances. The code I, and others, create can help parse the data that will lead to the next great biological advancement.

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  1. The purpose of these readings was to define computer science and biology as more than simply “the study of computers” and “the study of life”, respectively. Both computer science and biology have an incredible amount of depth that can’t be explained in merely those definitions. The readings also sought to show how computer science and the technological boom have changed biology and linked the two together.
  2. The voice of “The Programmer” appeals to me the most. I’ve loved programming since I began coding, and while I do enjoy and will actively participate in activies and other aspects discussed in the other voices, the creative side of programming appeals to me more than the rest.
  3. The category of “Evaluation” can be applied to the subject of ethics. Ethics seeks to determine the nature of morality. With so many different ways to define morality, it evaluates the pros and cons of each method to determine whether there is no moral truth and in thus no real morality, or whether there is some amount of objective truth.
  4. I found the reflection of the productivity of a biologist based off of what they study to be most thought provoking. The story about the woman who judged the biologist to be non-productive due to the fact that he studied frogs to be very interesting. What is it that makes a biologist’s work “useful”? While I personally find the work of all biologists to be useful in their own way, is it considered valuable knowledge to others to know about frogs in South America? Is usefulness determined only by how much the field or area of study affects humans?
  5. To be a biologist means to hold an interest in the natural world that goes beyond simply a passing thought. It means to truly take excitement and wonder in the natural world, to pay attention to the world around oneself instead of constantly getting lost in all the distractions that are present. With this being said, I do consider myself a biology. I still, despite holding a primary interest in computer science, have a great interest in the natural world. Walking through my backyard or through the wetlands around LMU or through the forests in the mountains and trying to see what I can find to watch and observe remains one of my favorite ways to relax. While I may never study the movements of birds or parasites, or become a professional biologist, I still consider myself to be one.

Nicole Anguiano
BIOL 368, Fall 2014

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