ESP Biography

ERIC MOLINA, Stanford Senior in Biology

Major: Biology

College/Employer: Stanford

Year of Graduation: 2011

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

I am in my last year at Stanford University and am looking forward to a career in medical science. I am applying this year to schools and am taking the gap year to continue my work in the Yang Lab in the Neurology Dept. at Stanford School of Medicine. I enjoy hanging out with kids and playing sports. I love talking about science and the implications it has for our future and society. I also am an avid philosophy reader! I also am a huge NBA fan and love playing basketball with my fraternity brothers. I hope to become a professor some day and teach kids all that I have learned and found in my struggles with science.

Past Classes

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B1263: Illegal Drugs, The Human Body, and Society in Splash! Spring 2011 (Apr. 16 - 17, 2011)
This is an interdisciplinary course that will focus on three things. First, will be to outline the biology behind major classes of drugs that are used illegally. This portion is the major informational part of the class and will attempt to address the underlying mechanisms of drug action and of drug effect. The second part will focus on class discussion and small group discussion about the role of drugs in America and how it is affecting social systems and economics. This class discussion will be guided by pointed examples and meaningful prompts to the class and I will expect each small group to come up with a recommended drug policy. The third and final part will look at drug use abroad and how different political players deal with drug issues. This portion will also address how drug issues are affecting political entities in an increasingly globalized world. In this last part, I will ask students to roleplay as various heads of state in countries with drug problems (like Afghanistan or Venezuela). Understanding drugs on a scientific level and on a social level in order to produce informed, young citizens is the ultimate goal of this class.