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5 Places to Enjoy During Your Last Quarter on the Hill

Stephanie Orpilla / Daily Bruin

Living on the Hill is amazing. It’s a world full of swipes, housekeepers and free Wi-Fi. Where else can you order Mediterranean Nachos at 1:59 a.m.? Or eat an infinite amount of almond butter (that retails for $9.49 a jar at Target)? Or see this amazing view of campus every morning?

For some of us, this will be our last quarter living on the Hill. This means that we need to take full advantage of all of our Hill perks. Here are five places on the Hill to visit as much as possible this quarter: (more…)

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Office Hours: John M. Olson, Ph.D.

Kelly Yeo/Daily Bruin

In Dr. John M. Olson’s laboratory in the Life Sciences building, you can find an abandoned keyboard, a broom named Nimbus 2000 (as written in silver Sharpie) and a ball of multi-colored tape larger than your head. It’s larger than three heads combined, actually. This ball of tape, affectionately named “Gaffney,” represents the agony and stress of over 200 students who have taken Life Sciences 10H, one of the available prerequisite courses for the minor in Biomedical Research offered by UCLA’s Department of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology. LS10H strives to give first- and second-year students an early introduction to research through discovery-based education.

This week, I interviewed Dr. Olson, one of LS10H’s instructors, with whom I have been taking LS10H with this winter quarter. Currently, the project is focused on identifying genes of interest to fruit fly blood cell, lymph gland, and heart formation. Dr. Olson, a Drosophila researcher and current educator to many tens of students, has been involved since the beginning of the project, which is funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. We sat down with him for a quick Q&A on undergraduate research and the topic of academia in general. (more…)

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Website Blockers to Help You Study

How much time do you spend looking at Facebook or Reddit when you tell others you are studying? Sometimes the lure of your bookmarks bar is irresistible. CCLE turns into Buzzfeed and you don’t even remember clicking the mouse. We know it’s hard to keep focused when feeds are being updated every second. You could be missing tens or hundreds of side-splitting memes and jealousy inducing check-ins with every flashcard. However, even if you have no sense of self-restraint there are apps out there that can help you. Here are a few website blockers that may just save your grades.  (more…)

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