Wednesday, December 19, 2012

whitman science magazine

Check out the newly published Whitman Science Magazine, a non-profit publication run by students at my high school. The magazine compiles student articles, pictures, and opinion pieces about current, topical issues in science and technology. We appreciate the funding from the student government that makes it possible to run a non-profit magazine.

In the first issue, you’ll find articles and pictures covering a variety of topics ranging from aeronautics to neuroscience. The cover picture may look like a psychedelic frog, but it's actually an MRI picture of my brain with the connections false colored based on their direction.

As a first time editor and graphic/web designer for a magazine, it was a huge task to create a new website and magazine from scratch. The importance of design and layout is often taken for granted. It's something that's only noticed when it looks bad. I'm so glad that everything is up and running now and I'm really proud of the final product.

I love exploring different areas of research and then writing about them to make science more interesting and accessible to my audience. I'm lucky to work with other students who are passionate about science. I know it's going to be a great year! Look for new issues every academic quarter.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

it's fun to be in the M-Y-A-C

In September, I was appointed to the Maryland Youth Advisory Council by the Speaker of the House, Michael Busch! Today was the third meeting and, so far, serving on the council has been such an incredible experience

The council consists of about 30 high school and college students. It was established by the state legislature to ensure that Maryland youth have a voice in the public policies and programs that affect our future. It's an amazing opportunity for me because I often see problems in my school and community and am frustrated when there's little I can do. This council allows me to actually effect meaningful change in such a direct way. For instance, today's meeting was in the Governor's Reception Room in Annapolis and we got to discuss with Governor Martin O'Malley himself! We talked to him about affordable post-secondary education and the quality of education in Maryland. It was exciting to be able to make suggestions directly to the governor.

During our break, O'Malley gave us a personal tour of his office and let us take pictures! Because he's awesome! And that's how I got the best picture in the world. That's right. I'm sitting at the governor's desk!!


Just casually lounging in the Governor's Reception Room...

... and taking pictures in the reflection of his name plate.

One of my favorite aspects to being part of the council is that everyone is so passionate about the issues in their areas. It's interesting to hear perspectives from all across the state. We've been discussing issues from every member's constituency and today we officially chose technology in schools as our legislative priority.

Can't wait for the next meeting!


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