In pictures: Stress under a microscope
Photos from Biochem 330's public presentation
Stress, it seems, is everywhere.
And while it certainly doesn't take a scientist to notice it, scientists across a range of disciplines are asking serious questions about just what all this stress might mean for our health. Students in Amherst College's community-based learning course, Biochemical Principles of Life at the Molecular Level, have brought their own questions to bear on the complex relationship between human health and stress. From the psychological effects of bullying to the anti-inflammatory potential of yoga, the 25 students of this upper-level biochemistry course designed and implemented their own inquires of how stress impacts health.
Throughout the course, students investigated the relationship of the micro to the macro: in other words, how biochemical processes in the body affect and inform overall health. They worked in teams, picked their own topics, and many partnered with local community organizations for added insight.
In December of last year, the class presented their findings with the Amherst community in a public presentation. In this slideshow, you can view photos from the presentation and learn more about some of the research projects. The course was co-taught by Pat O'Hara, Dean of New Students and Professor of Chemistry, and Dick Aronson, Assistant Dean of Students and Health Professions Advisor.
To view the slideshow, click on the photo below to begin. We recommend viewing the slideshow in fullscreen mode. Photos by CCE student photographer Eugene Lee '16, text by CCE staff writer Jenny Morgan.