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Dr. Robert Gallo spoke on campus today. According to his website, he was the "most referenced scientist in the world" in both the 80's and the 90's. (Mostly for discovering that HIV causes AIDS). Currently, he's working on a vaccine for HIV. I don't really know anything about this stuff, but it was fun to listen to something completely unrelated to my field for a change. Although now I'm hyper paranoid that I'm going to catch viruses. I could never be a biologist, it makes me too squeamish to think about the workings of my own body. (Especially about how it can be attacked!) Was surprised to hear that some people seem to be naturally immune to catching HIV.

My TAship for next quarter is a bit up in the air this time. The math dept kind of screwed me over. But it turned out okay, because it looks like I'll either be TA'ing Universe Formation, or Mathematical Methods in Physics. I should find out tomorrow which one for sure. I'm kind of hoping for the former as it would be more fun and require less thought, however the latter would probably be good practice.

I went and looked at an apartment today; probably going to move in a month. Place looked pretty good and the current inhabitants were cool, but I'm a little worried that they don't have any kind of broadband.


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Mar. 5th, 2004 12:28 pm (UTC)
Gallo is a controversial figure. Many in the HIV/AIDS research community believe he stole information from the French scientists at the Pasteur Institute who actually discovered the retrovirus that causes AIDS. This belief was popularized in the book "And the Band Played On" which is a fascinating and somewhat horrifying history of the early days of HIV/AIDS. The book is long; the HBO film does a good job of adapting it though.

I would have loved to have seen him speak. Alan Alda plays him in the film.
Mar. 5th, 2004 05:48 pm (UTC)
Interesting. Thanks for the background.
Oct. 23rd, 2004 03:09 pm (UTC)
And the Band Played On
(Flashing Back as you have added me to you Friends-list. Thanks btw.)

Indeed. I've seen the movie, and I have actually begun reading the book, which is hugely monsterous. Although I have yet to get to the part involving Gallo heavily, it is an amazing portrayal of the gay community during the '80s. Many times, it feels like another world.
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