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Celling oneself short

Bad pun, I know. I just couldn't think of a good title for this post. Yesterday in biology of women, we worked on learning about cells. Our prof used playdough to demonstrate the concept of stem cells, then had models and pictures (and slides) of various cells in the body. My partner, who's had experience with people who are blind and I seem to be working well together.

We used the playdough to form the basic shapes of the cells in our body such as bone, skin etc... I had no idea that the stuff we think of as bone is really calcium etc surrounding bone cells. This makes more sense, if you think about it. There are also veins inside bones, which explains a few things.

It is so cool to finally have a better understanding of these concepts. I'm learning so much, and think this class is going to contribute to a better understanding of how my body works. I'm still unclear on a couple nerve related issues and how they relate to RSD and treatments. At least I'll have a better idea of what I'm talking about though.

It's so simple. I doubt people think about the fact that I don't usually see pictures of microscopic things. When kids were looking at blood cells in seventh grade, I was sitting there bored. I knew what nerves were, and have seen a basic model of the spine a ffew times, but didn't know that some nerve cells are shaped like stars. It's so cool to finally understand...


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Feb. 7th, 2007 04:20 am (UTC)
I've been meaning to say how I'm amazed that I know someone taking biology of women. At Hamline, this class is impossible to get into. 16 people get to take it a year, and it's interesting! Lucky you! hehe. And it's totally awesome that you get to play with play dough! That is an awesome idea to learn about cells; I don't know why they don't use that for younger kids.
Feb. 7th, 2007 01:31 pm (UTC)
I'm lucky enough to get to register whenever I want, so I actually got a good spot on the waiting list for this class. And yeah, playdough was incredibly fun! I wish it'd been thought of earlier in my education (smile).
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