All posts by Victoria Izumi

online assignment

Part 1:

-Circular Reasoning: I could correct this by combining these sentences or even getting rid of one of them so I would no longer be repeating myself.

“There have been recent studies done using the caffeine in coffee as a possible treatment for the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, but how effective is this treatment in comparison to others that are more commonly used?

The question that I am trying to answer through my research is how do the results of caffeine from coffee as a treatment to Alzheimer’s disease compare to the results of cholinesterase inhibitors, a more commonly accepted treatment for the disease, as a treatment seeing that coffee is so easily accessible to much of the world.”

-bandwagon appeal: Though this is a true statement, it would be more powerful if I gave an actual statistic to show that many people consume coffee

“Everyday billions of people are consuming this product and without knowing it, could be aiding their own health and well-being.”

Part 2:

I envision my poster being somewhat split up like my research paper. One section will be an introduction with a little bit of background information on coffee and Alzheimer’s. The second section will be on the actual research I had done which will include graphs and pictures. This section will be the middle section and will be split into two sections itself. The first section will be on the coffee treatment and the other will be on the cholinesterase inhibitor treatment. The third section will display my results and conclusion. Throughout all of these sections I am keeping in mind that I am only limited to 300 words so much of the poster will be filled with pictures and graphs and other data. I plan to make my poster very eye catching using lots of color and probably painting the board’s different sections to make it more interesting.

response to presentation

The process of putting my presentation together has made me realize that I need to pick specifically what other, more commonly accepted treatments to Alzheimer’s diesease I am going to compare to that of coffee. I also feel that I need to look at more case studies and experimental analysis of both studies using coffee as a treatment and another form of treatment. I did find some studies on coffee, but I would have to look at more than one in order to see if the results vary between how it affects Alzheimer’s in one case verses other cases. The same goes for the other treatment that i will eventually choose.

The questions that people asked has allowed me to realize that in my research paper I will need to include background information on the disease itself so that people will understand the cases i am anylzing. I also must make it more clear that my question is that because coffee is so accessible does its affects on Alzheimer’s disease compare to the treatments that are more commonly accepted?

most promising source

Coffee, Peter. “Grids get a grip on your brain.” eWeek. 23.41 (2006): 50. Academic Search Complete. EBSCO. Web. 12 Oct. 2010

George, Sunitha Elizabeth, and Kulathooran Ramalakshimi, and Lingamallu Jagan Mohan Rao. “A Perception on Health Benefits of Coffee.” Critical Reviews in Food Science & Nutrition 48.5 (2008): 464-486. Academic Search Complete. EBSCO. Web. 12 Oct. 2010

Lemonick, Michael D. “Measuring IQ Points By The Cupful.” Time 167.3 (2006): 94-95. Academic Search Complete. EBSCO. Web. 12 Oct. 2010

Rahman, Anisur. “The Role of Adenosine in Alzheimer’s Disease”. Current Neuropharmacology 7.3 (2009): 207-216. Search Complete. EBSCO. Web. 12 Oct. 2010

Taylor, Sarah R., and Barbara Demming-Adams. “To sip of not to sip: the potential health riskes and benefits of coffee drinking.” Nutrition & Food Science 37.6 (2007): 406-418. Academic Search Complete. EBSCO. Web. 12 Oct. 2010

After browsing through my five sources, I am most excited about looking into “The Role of Adenosine in Alzheimer’s Disease”. As I was skimming through scholarly articles and other sources on the EBSCO database many of the sources seemed to pertain to the effects coffee has on the functioning of the brain and that sparked my attention. Also, a lot of these articles mentioned its affects on Alzheimer’s disease so I decided to narrow down my research topic onto this subject in particular. For these reasons I am looking forward to reading more in depth into this article to find out what affects coffee has on this disease and whether or not these affects are beneficial.

Response to Quote

This quote is saying that we should not put any prejudgement into our opinions or thoughts. By doing so one is closing their mind off to other thoughts and facts about a certain topic. This pertains to the reseach project in that we as should be going into this reseach assignment without any sort of bias or prior opinions towards the matter. If we do not do so it may effect the outcome of our research by turning it into a biased paper. We should go into this process with an open mind and a willingness to accept our findings even though it may counter our prior beliefs.

research question, take 1

-I am interested in researching the good and bad affects coffee has on the body

-because I want to find out if it has any benefits to the health of its consumers as well as if it has any addictive qualities to it

-and this is important because millions of people worldwide consume this product daily without any recollection of the affect it has on their health.

1. Am I focusing on a particular type of coffee? Decaf, regular, coffee from a specific country, etc.

2. Am I focusing on a specific age group? Coffee may have varying affects on different age groups.

3. Has the human body evolved/adapted overtime to the affects of coffee?

Enola Gay Exhibit

What really struck me as I read through some of these websites were the first two concept documents for the Enola Gay exhibit. I read through the first document and it appeared to have little bias toward any side, the sides being the Japanese or the Americans. It stated in the article that, “the primary goal of this exhibition will be to encourage visitors to make a thoughtful and balances re-examination on the atomic bombings in the light of the political and military factors leading to the decision to use the bomb, the human suffering experiences by people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the long-term implications of the events…”. This made me feel confident that the museum would display actual facts and nothing would be biased. When I read the second concept document I felt totally different. The document stated, “the exhibition would conclude by noting the debatable character of the atomic bombings, as well as their important role as one of the starting points of the nuclear age and Cold War”. I feel like this quote and many others in the document can be perceived as biased. The way this sentence is stated made me feel as if the exhibit would credit this act to be humane and was what revolutionized weapon technology. I thought it was interesting how two somewhat conflicting concepts helped to form the current exhibit.

Tiger Woods

The official Tiger Woods website displays him as an amazing professional golfer, probably the best in the world. They talk all about his sports accomplishments such as his many wins at the Masters, the U.S. Open, and more. The website shows Woods as this superstar and just an all American guy.

What the website did not mention was that Tiger is not perfect at all. All over the news and tabloids is the story about how he cheated on his wife with many women and is an addict to sex. He and his wife are getting a divorce over this new discovery, as said in the news. None of this information is posted on the website in order to keep Woods’ image more focused on his professional life rather than his personal life.

Speech (by Douglass) in 1853

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The artifact is a speech Douglass gave in Broadway Tabernacle, New York on May 11th, 1853. His main purpose was there to discuss the current condition of the colored people of the United States as well as their future. In the speech he was able to show the audience the oppression the colored people had faced due to slavery and to evangelize for the abolition of it.

From the speech, I was able to see that Douglass was a black man in a white man’s world, meaning that, to Southern American principles, he was worth less than a white man, even an immigrant white man like an Irish. I also noticed that the words he used and the way he put them together was highly sophisticated and just astonishing to think that he taught himself to write in such an elegant manner. The way he used his words captivated me as I read his speech. It made me believe him whole-heartedly and want to support him in his fight for freedom. His words really depicted the image of suffering and inequality towards blacks and how though some men are free from slavery the fight is not over until all men are free.

This artifact brought up the questions of how did this speech affect the audience? What type of reaction did they have to it? Did they feel as captivated as I did? Did something, some movement, come from this speech? Did he give this same speech everywhere or was it a different speech every time?