Quest for “smart genes” is dumb

For more than 20 years, I have hammered behavioral genetics, which attempts to pinpoint the genetic underpinnings of an enormous variety of human traits and disorders, from homosexuality and religiosity to alcoholism and depression. I’m especially disenchanted with research linking genes to intelligence, which both historically and today is often used to promote racist theories of genetic…

Having a Major crisis

When I applied to Stevens, I knew it was regarded mainly as an engineering school. Sure, it also offers other science majors, and you could study something from the CAL area, or a type of technology management, but the heart of this innovation university is unquestionably our excellence in engineering. So I actually really loved Biology and Chemistry but I…

Behold, the Evolving Engineer!

Chemical Engineering, like any other discipline of engineering, is anything but stagnant; as the world’s problems become more complex, engineers are forced to refine their techniques and methodologies. This past Wednesday, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) offered a presentation titled “The Evolving Engineer” to prospective chemical engineers, interested scholars, and even freshman students seeking…

It’s gotten better

My fellow seniors, most of us have been here at Stevens for three to four years. We have seen many things change. Some of us lament the changes that have been made, and we have every right to do so. Change is not always comfortable, nor is it always welcome. Each graduating class will complain…