Student Columns

Social Sciences Says Good-Bye!

Social Sciences Says Good-Bye!

William Yen ‘23, image from Unsplash.com Thank you all for supporting the social science column on the Quad, and for supporting me as I navigate my interests and find my passions. I am so grateful for having the unique opportunity to write and publish my own content to a large audience. As a final attachment, I’m linking below this year’s articles in case you missed any. Happy learning! The Psychology Behind Musical NostalgiaThe Bystander EffectA Look At the Electoral College Maps Over the YearsMaine and Nebraska: The Prospect of a Proportional Electoral Voting SystemCongressperson Spotlight: Jackie SpeierCongressperson Spotlight: Anna EshooMercator…
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The Pinwheel Galaxy to End the Year!

The Pinwheel Galaxy to End the Year!

Carl Crum '24 For the final Quad Drop this school year, I give the SHP community something special that I’ve been working on for the past month: the Pinwheel Galaxy! With its royal blue spiral arms, pink-red hydrogen alpha regions, and dark central dust lanes, this face-on galaxy is one of the most popular deepsky targets for astronomy enthusiasts to photograph. The Pinwheel Galaxy, which is also known as Messier 101, is almost twice the size of our Milky Way galaxy and contains a whopping 1 trillion stars!
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Quad Queries: Episode #8

Quad Queries: Episode #8

Today's Quad Queries episode is extra special— an interview with two of our SURJ leaders: Anne-Sophie Lacombe Garcia and Sofia Sepulveda. Not only will they be talking about SURJ, but you'll get to hear more advice about managing different responsibilities, college applications, and community. https://vimeo.com/545715664
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From Babbling to Birdsong: What Finches Can Teach Us About Vocal Learning

From Babbling to Birdsong: What Finches Can Teach Us About Vocal Learning

This article by Kelly Shen '23 was one of the top 11 winners of the New York Times's "The Learning Network" competition— the second annual  STEM Writing Contest. The photo is from the New York Times article where it was published. This is a huge accomplishment and we thought it would be fitting to include it in the Quad for those who haven't seen it online! Imagine listening to Puccini’s “O Mio Babbino Caro,” as performed by a two-month-old baby, or Bizet’s “Habanera” crooned by a toddler. In some sense, that is what you hear when a baby finch practices…
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Answering All Your Science Questions!

Answering All Your Science Questions!

Kelly Shen '23, image from Unsplash.com Instead of the latest news, for today’s article I decided to compile a list of science questions we’ve all probably wondered at some point. So here are five science questions and the answers that you’ve been dying to know :) 1. Why do we die if we don’t drink water? You know the answer to this one. We’ll dehydrate. But really, what’s the reason? Is it because our cells are drying up? Or is it because we can’t produce saliva and other fluids anymore? There are actually multiple reasons as to why we need…
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