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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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Food and Dining

Winter Soup: Quinoa-Peach Gazpacho

Amy Giroux / Daily Bruin

Winter means cozy jammies, hot cocoa and warm soups.

But here in Los Angeles, winter never clearly falls within the normally prescribed “winter months.” Instead, we get a hybrid of summer and winter weather with sunshine and rainstorms jumbled together.

We wouldn’t be doing March justice if we didn’t at least celebrate it with a great bowl of soup like the season dictates. But I don’t know about you – a bowl of steaming, hot chili is less than appealing right after a steep walk home under the California sun.

The solution: quinoa-peach gazpacho with crispy spiced tortilla strips. The name alone is a mouthful, but just wait until you taste a spoonful of this soup. Gazpacho is a cold soup originating in the southern region of Spain, served during the summer months because of its refreshing qualities. And because it’s basically almost always summer in L.A., we get to enjoy it early. (more…)

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Westwood

5 Food Trucks Near UCLA This Week

It’s been a while since we last praised food trucks, and what better time to do so again than ninth week? The last thing you want to do is cook or eat Cup Noodles again, and the first thing you want to do is devour some delicious grub and find any excuse to leave the confines of your desk or the library.

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Food trucks are a convenient and fun way to dine … when you can find them. These eateries-on-wheels can be a little hard to locate since they’re always on the move. That’s why Mojo has done all the research for you. We’re sharing five food trucks near UCLA (easy to reach either by foot or the Big Blue Bus) that you should visit this week.

Note:  Visit http://www.foodtruckmaps.com/la/ for up-to-date information on food trucks near you if you are visiting any other week. Hours vary. (more…)

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Science & Health

Fitness Friday: Dealing with Exercise Guilt

Being an active person is really great for your health. There are many articles floating around on the internet about how to get yourself to the gym, what workouts to do, ways to motivate yourself and more. And those are all really great suggestions.

But what about when it becomes too much? Maybe you’re sick and have a midterm later this week. Maybe you missed your workout that morning, or the only time you can go to the gym is when your friends are getting dinner. Maybe you didn’t get enough sleep the night before and take a nap instead of getting your sweat session in.

So you skipped a workout, but now you feel guilty about it. Here are a few reasons why you shouldn’t feel guilty: (more…)

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Campus news

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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