Dianthus hybrid from ACE. It is very pretty. Bear mask that TaniaG's sister made from a gallon milk container.
TaniaG graduated spring 2010 with a B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
Things TaniaG Likes
Her plants growing well and turning in right-handed helices (she looked at the literature and apparently most plants are right-handed... hahahaha)
Things TaniaG is Not Fond of Just Now
TaniaG has a tentative grasp on a few languages besides English. She speaks Spanish fluently (it's her home language). In high school, she studied French enough to understand French Wikipedia, some of Le Monde, and a good deal of radio news, but she still gets lost with movie dialog (the lines are short and if she misses a few words, comprehension goes down significantly, unfortunately). She took a quick introductory course to German before college; she remembers short sentences like "Ich bin TaniaG" and "Das ist ein Buch" and some grammar. She recognizes very basic words in Japanese (you can sometimes find her in Davis Anime Club). She still remembers the American Sign Language alphabet from elementary school. She can also write in the Mayan/Aztec number system.
MAT 16 vs MAT 21/22: TaniaG took MAT16BC, then decided to continue with the later half of the MAT 21 series, then with MAT 22AB. Here's her comparison: MAT 16 teaches less material, but it teaches it well. The idea (she thinks) behind MAT 16 is that the students will not take more math classes, so they should really understand the concepts before they leave. The homework in MAT 16 has a lot more word problems to test students' problem solving skills. MAT 21/22 is more rushed and more focused on giving students proofs. The homework in MAT 21/22 is more straightforward "do this" problems. The idea (she thinks) behind MAT 21/22 is that students are going to need this math in future courses, so they should be introduced to all the concepts before they leave.
Course advice: If any science majors who took the MAT 16 series want to expand their math skills without taking MAT 21CD, TaniaG recommends MAT 22A (it's just linear algebra, i.e. matrix algebra, and has nothing to do with the MAT 21 series) and BIS 132 (Biological Modeling with Dr. Carole Hom... very nice professor). They are challenging classes, but you learn plenty. MAT 22A is useful because MAT 16 doesn't directly cover matrices (you solve systems of equations in MAT 16, which is the whole idea behind matrices, but that's about it). BIS 132 is useful because it applies the math to the science and introduces common models like the SIR model of disease spread. TaniaG also suggests that science majors take STA 100 instead of STA 13. It's easier than calculus, don't worry. If you know how to find averages and standard deviations (basic analysis from the CHE 2 labs), and you took MAT 16B, you are qualified to take STA 100. You will be bored in STA 13.
By the way, the Learning Skills Center workshops are amazing! Take advantage. If your teacher confuses you, the LSC staff unconfuses you. They are so smart and so nice. The Calculus Room in the Mathematical Sciences Building is also a great resource for MAT 16.
Electives she took that she particularly liked: MIC 102 w/ Appleman (general microbiology, mostly bacteria and archaea biology and metabolism), MIC 170 w/ Shiozaki (yeast genetics, useful eukaryote genetics class generally), BIS 132 w/ Hom (biological models, including disease spread and population models).
The comments above about the LSC workshops apply here, too, for general and organic chemistry. Such useful workshops!
TaniaG was in STEP (EOP), the Biology Undergraduate Scholars Program (science/EOP), CLIMB (science/math), and the McNair Scholars Program (pre-graduate). If you have questions about any of these programs, feel free to ask. TaniaG likes to sit in student panels and give advice to younger students, partially out of gratitude for the advice that she herself received.
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2007-12-03 21:55:41 I like Tania. She's cuddly. —BreeButler
2008-03-20 21:41:37 You like BIS 103?! That is definetly hard-core. I took that class SEVEN years ago and I still haven't gotten over the trauma! —CurlyGirl26
2008-03-21 20:18:22 I'm glad you like BIS 103! It's a good class and so is the subject matter. I had a horrible prof. and the exams were just ridiculous so I'm just still bitter! —CurlyGirl26
2008-03-29 12:42:44 Well, my favorite science class was Endocrinology (NPB 130 when I took it) and people thought I was nuts so I feel ya. —CurlyGirl26
2008-04-29 20:15:27 I wonder if its possible to piece together a picture of your face using the snippets that you allow us to see online. I'm reminded of The Truman Show... —SunjeetBaadkar
2008-04-30 14:49:57 Since I've been working downtown forever and am constantly known as "that bookstore guy" or "hey book dude," I've pretty much given up on caring about not being recognized by people I don't know...especially since most of the people that know me I usually don't know... —SunjeetBaadkar
2008-08-30 09:25:19 Fun mask! —JabberWokky
2008-10-07 19:03:11 We should go food. —SunjeetBaadkar
2008-10-09 13:50:12 Perhaps, but "we should go cook" doesn't work the same if you think of "ok, time to cook" because "ok, time to food" has a different meaning. Of course "we should go cook" has another meaning to it if you think along the lines of "now we're cooking!" —SunjeetBaadkar
2009-10-09 19:38:58 Isn't Kaplan still around? —SunjeetBaadkar
2010-05-28 01:36:21 Are you still in Davis? Sorry for the late notice, but maybe you would like to come have sushi with some wiki people tomorrow (Friday). Its at 1 at Davis Sushi Buffet. —NickSchmalenberger
2010-07-12 22:14:12 Actually most cell phones now have a setting that allows you to set dialing 911 to call the local emergency services department. —hankim
2011-09-05 23:04:34 'Sup my homie!?! And OMG, just like you, someone had my name taken. —MarisolG