Cindy Beavon (02/04/04)
I'm Cindy Beavon and I don't consider myself a sciences person. I'm thinking of concentrating in International Relations, love reading or writing fiction, and grew up with a romanticized vision of space and space travel as a result of reading and watching science fiction books and shows. I signed up for GE0016 because I enjoy reading about anything astronomy related in papers and magazines, and wanted to deepen my knowledge and appreciation for our solar system without learning astrophysics or chemistry. The course description was also compelling because of its emphasis on us, as a class, making new discoveries about Mars weekly, right alongside the rovers and scientists, rather than studying out of a textbook. Because of the seminar scheduling, I expect each class to cover diverse aspects of Mars, ranging from specific tests done on soil to search for life, history of previous missions' discoveries, speculation about the future, to each of our opinions about international space programs. Because of the size of the seminar, I expect to learn from and share a passion for space exploration with everyone in the class personally. I think I can share a unique perspective to articulate educated conjectures and good questions for discussion. Hopefully, my interest/knowledge of politics and contemporary culture will direct intelligent debate on issues like the legitimacy of space programs, privatization of space exploration, global cooperation and the significance of any resulting conclusions we make. Religious, cultural, and human ramifications of the search for life beyond Earth are also most fascinating to me. I'd also like to be able to learn from others how and what is done by rovers and other scientific data-gatherers in a more technical sense.