1) Kinsley, Michael. “The False Controversy of Stem Cells.” Time. Time.com, 23 May 2004. Web. 2 Apr. 2012.
This source is an article from Time magazine. It was published in 2004, which is a little outdated for my topic, but I think that the topics that are covered are still true and current. This article isn’t a summary of what stem cell research is, but more of why people find it controversial. It could be a very good source to use because it is from the Time, which is a very credible source, and because it discusses aspects of this research that one wouldn’t think of at first. For example, it discusses how people are so concerned about stem cell research killing embryos that they are overlooking the real problem: fertility clinics. Many of the embryos used in this research are taken from fertility clinics. If the embryos hadn’t been taken, they would have either sat in a freezer forever or been destroyed. It is very easy to argue that dying for the greater good is much better than dying for no reason. The article also brings up arguments on the other side of the argument which is really good. All in all, this is an interesting article and I think that it would be a great source to use in my paper on stem cell research.
2) “Stem Cell Basics: Introduction.” Stem Cell Information. National Institutes of Health, 28 April 2009. Web. 2 April 2012.
This site is definitely going to be a helpful source for my paper on stem cell research. It is the government’s official site on this research, and therefore, is updated very regularly. This website has a lot of information on it, and I think that one of the parts that will be most helpful for my paper will be the basics on what stem cell research is. In my paper, I will need to give the reader a good idea of what it is, what the current policies are, who is doing the research, etc. This website is mostly based on facts, so it will not be much help in debating why it is good or bad, but it will be essential in the background knowledge and in backing up various opinions. I am confident that this site will be very helpful in writing my research paper on stem cell research.
3) Robinson, B.A. “Human Embryos and Fertility Clinics.” ReligiousTolerance.org. Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance, 28 September 2010. Web. 16 April 2012.
I think that this site will add a very interesting voice to my paper. ReligiousTolerance.org is a a site that consists of a group of people from different religious backgrounds who get together and write about various controversial topics. I’m not sure about the credibility of using this site because it is not acedemic because it is mostly the opinions of a few people. However, it does offer facts and ideas that I will definitely be able to research further to support my main idea.
4) “The Impact of Federal Policy on Global Competition in Stem Cell Research.” HSCI.com. Harvard Stem Cell Institute, 26 August 2008. Web. 16 April 2011.
This is a fantastic source first of all because it is very reliable, and second of all because it offers a great argument. This article was written by the Harvard Stem Cell Institute which is very credible. It discusses how stem cell research will affect the world economically and politically, which are two things that people don’t usually think of when they first consider stem cell research. This is a really strong argument for my paper because it means that I have more to back up my opinion with other than just the fact that it will save many lives. No matter what, it is clear that stem cell research is going to play a huge part in our future, and this brings up that if the US takes the lead with the research, we will have so much more control over it morally and financially. It has the potential to create so many jobs which is a big thing with our economy today. Overall, this is a great site.
5) Murnaghan, Ian. “Replacing Animal Tests With Stem Cells.” AboutAnimalTesting.co.uk. About Animal Testing, 22 Aug. 2010. Web. 16 Apr. 2012.
This is a cool site because it is devoted to the sole topic of animal testing. This is also another topic that usually isn’t thought of initially when discussing stem cells, but it brings up some very cool points about it stem cells being used to test drugs being safer not only for animals, but also for people. It also points out that this will be a much cheaper, more efficient way to test drugs. This article is from 2010 which makes it timely for my paper. However, it could be beneficial to find a more academic source that discusses animal testing as well.
Empty unfulfilled spaces
The horror if whales grew the ability to walk on land. No human child would be safe on their birthday.
I’m never coming back, idiot! You can pay for the $10,000 bill for dinner.
I’d forget my head if it wasn’t attached.
I didn’t mean to hurt anyone.
Beauty, how I long for parallax.
Ancient canin dear head. Goldplaled as well.
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And this reminds me of my favorite colors.
Is this real life?
Love long forgotten does not but confuse the modern gaze.
Man can only be suspended in air for so long, airplanes are conveniently helpful with that.
I’d do anything for a caffeine rush right now…anything.
Topic: I think that it would be very interesting to write my research paper on stem cell research. This topic has come up in a few of my classes, and I would love to learn more about it. There are so many possibilities with this topic, and I think that it will be interesting to show the two distinct sides to this controversial issue.
Purpose:I hope to show the reader the benefits of stem cell research. I feel that the pros of this research far outweigh the cons, and I hope to persuade at least a few readers of this. It is an important topic because it has potential to affect all of us in different aspects of our lives. Whether one is for the research or not, it is important to be educated on it.
Writer:I am a nursing student, and in a few classes both in high school and over this past year, stem cell research has been brought up. It interests me a lot because it has so many potential benefits, and I would love to learn more about the specifics of it. It is a controversial topic that is being brought up a lot these days, and I think that it is important to be as informed as possible.
Audience:I think that this paper will be aimed at people who are curious on this topic. I hope that people who are for, against, and undecided on stem cell research will be able to read this paper and find it insightful. I plan on aiming it more towards college students who don’t have much background information on the topic. I’m hoping that anyone will be able to pick up this paper and understand what it is and be able to form an opinion on the topic.
Working claim – I support stem cell research.
Three (preliminary) supporting arguments
- It has the potential to treat, if not cure, many diseases
- It is a safer way to test drugs
- Important for the US in staying ahead globally
Three (also preliminary) counterarguments (arguments that could be made against your claim).
- It questions when life begins
- Some religions see it is morally unacceptable
- Some say that this research could lead to knowledge that gives humans too much power
What types of evidence will you be looking for? I think that facts and statistics will play the biggest role in my paper. However, personal opinions also play a role in this topic because it is an issue that has to do with ethics, and ethical issues can’t always be solved with facts.
Three possible research questions (you will NOT be answering all three in your paper, though).
- What is stem cell research?
- Is is possible for too much knowledge to be harmful?
- Do the possibilities of stem cell research outweigh the ethical issues that we have to overcome?
When we were first given this assignment, my mind kept bouncing between doing a remixed song or a remixed work of art. Both of these seemed equally interesting to me, and it just so happens that as I was browsing through different remixes, I stumbled upon a remix that incorporates both art and music. I found a very interesting remix of the painting Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh. The remix consists of an interactive animation of the painting. It makes you look at the painting in a way that I’d never imagined. It is a video clip of the painting coming to life with a very serene song playing in the background. When I first saw it, I felt that my feelings about the paintings were coming alive. The work of art was created by a Greek artist named Petros Vrellis. To me, his interpretation of Starry Night is why remixes are so important to our culture. Remixes help us understand and look at art in ways that would otherwise be impossible.
In the video, the male gang is trying to suppress the female counterpart, but the women surprise them and are able to stand up for themselves and overcome them. Did this happen because of their sexuality or because women have more power in our society today? We believe that women throughout society have grown to possess more power than they did in the past. Their sexuality is part of this new found power that can be used as a weapon in their arsenal to control and persuade males.
“The Chicago Crime Commission’s latest report loudly informs the public that there are female gangs in Chicago.”
“Fame, wealth, and glamor have made her [Beyoncé] one of the most admired women on the planet”
“A major study out of Harvard University has found that popular music videos overwhelmingly portray men as aggressors and women as victims”
“Course topics include the extent of Beyoncé’s control over her own aesthetic, whether her often half-naked body is empowered or stereotypical”
Lauren Matzke, Katie Hughes, Cody Abel, Shawn McGril, Charlie Kennedy
Talk about your process writing this portion of the draft. What came easily for you?
It was really easy to find great quotes from the text to incorporate into my paper. So far, I have found Remix to be a very interesting book to read, so this made it pretty easy to write about!
What were the major struggles of this draft? Be specific.
I found that my biggest struggle was sorting through all of the wonderful material that we read through and trying to decide what to include in the summary and what to leave out. Also, it has been about a year since I’ve been in a writing class, so it was also a little tricky getting into writing at first.
Let’s talk about time management. How did you balance the researching and writing of this partial draft? In what ways could you improve?
I ended up waiting until the night before to write this draft, and I definitely think that it would be beneficial to give myself more time in the future. It could be good to start brainstorming of ideas a day or two before I actually start writing the paper to get myself in the mindset and to give myself time to think of more ideas.
Now, a to-do list: write at least five (5) things you need to do before you hand in your summary portfolio to Chrissy on Monday, February 13th. Be specific. Do not write “finish the paper”
- Make a works cited for the paper because I used a few direct quotes from the book.
- Try to make the paper seem more like a summary of the first few chapters than a broad description of the topic of the book.
- Work on word choice and repeating words.
- Have a friend who hasn’t read the book read my paper to see if they understand it.
- Double check punctuation, grammar, spelling, etc.
The Ecstasy of Influence: A Plagiarism
- Would you consider allusions plagiarism? Many people will understand that it is an allusion, but what about the few people that do not see it as an allusion?
- Do you agree that our culture is built on plagiarism? (“All mankind is of one author, and is one volume; when one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language; and every chapter must so be translated…” -John Donne)
- Lethem discussed the concept of a gift economy and defended it by saying that “Art that matters to us-which moves the heart, or revives the soul, or delights the senses, or offers courage for the living, however we choose to describe the experience-is received as a gift is received” (Lethem 9). Do you agree that you can compare a song that an artist has written to a gift?
My name is Lauren Matzke and I am a freshman here at the U of M. I graduated from Eden Prairie High School last year in a class of over 800. I am very excited for my time here at the U and look forward to perusing my career in nursing once I graduate. As of now, I am planning on becoming a neonatal nurse. Currently, I work for a company called ACR Homes; I work in a group home in Golden Valley and I assist four amazing women with disabilities with their day to day lives. I got hired just this past October and have already learned so much from this job. Before working at ACR Homes, I worked at a take and bake pizza shop called Homemade Pizza Co. for three years. I definitely learned a lot about being a leader and problem solving from this job. I can also toss pizza dough in the air which is something that will probably never be useful later in life, but it is fun! I grew up in Eden Prairie with a mom, dad, and younger brother. My family is very important to me, and this is a huge part of why I chose to stay close for school. A few random facts about me are that I am a Starbucks addict, I am a vegetarian, I want to minor in Spanish, I want to see the world, my favorite food is pineapple pizza, and there is a huge nerd stuck inside of me that loves to read anything that I can get my hands on.