It’s been a while! After over a month off work going back to a 6-hour day of lectures was tiring! Plus, the new room we’re in is in the basement with no air or light so that doesn’t help! It’s strange to think that at the end of this semester the first year is over already!
This semester I have bio-organics in chemistry and biology has moved onto more nutrition-based topics rather than general science. It’s been a great first week back. Really interesting looking into carbohydrates, proteins and lipids (fats) in more detail. Getting to grips with the macronutrients and we’ve got even more to come on these topics over the next few weeks which I’m really looking forward to!
I’ve also had some more yoga classes to teach (long and short-term cover) which is exciting so I will be teaching 2-4 classes a week over the next month. I went to an audition for a regular class and have a possible opportunity for a regular yin yoga class as well. All very exciting; a busy but enjoyable week.
I’m so glad I managed to get solid drafts written before Christmas for my assessments which were due this week and at the beginning of February. It’s made the workload this week a lot more manageable!
Hope you have all had a great start to your year whatever you’ve been up to.
Personal learning from this week: Organisation and preparation helps. Putting in a little bit of time early can reduce stress later!
Interesting things I’ve learnt this week:
- Carbon is in everything! – hormones, vitamins, all organic matter has carbon in it!!
- Logarithms are confusing – The easy part – Logarithm rules:
log (a*b) = log(a) + log(b)
log(a/b) = log(a) – log(b)
log(ab) = b*log(a)
logx(1/xa) = -a
- The rise of biofortification – to tackle increasing the food shortage and malnutrition in parts of the world, scientists are looking to increase the level of biofortification of crops with a focus on Zinc which is a particular problem in Pakistan where more than 40% of women are deficient in Zinc. Biofortification uses plant breeding to increase the micronutrient content of crops. This is a technique which is already in use but can really help to ensure those in poorer countries with less access to high nutrient food or to low amounts of food can get better nutrition from the crops they consume. This is a small step towards the UN’s aim to eradicate world hunger and malnutrition by 2030. For more information about this goal: http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/sustainable-development-goals/goal-2-zero-hunger.html