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Lindsey H. Smith
Informative Paper Topic(s)
Fri Feb 8, 2013 11:39am
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For my informative paper I’m choosing between two different topics. The first topic is the correlation between In Vitro Fertilization and multiple births. I’ve written a couple papers on this topic before, but the research is constantly changing. It is a subject I’ve found fascinating for several years. There was a time when I wanted to be a Genetic Counselor. My second contending topic is solar power. I’m very interested in the advancement of alternative energy, and I believe solar is the best form. It is a topic of interest mainly because I have a goal, or a dream, to create my own company that sells alternative energy products.
In Vitro Fertilization is relatively new, and has proven helpful for many families. Although I could count the number of people I know that have used IVF on one hand, I wonder where this technology is heading. Will it become the technology that was fantasized in many futuristic utopian tales, such as Gattaca? Or, is it yet another technology that will be discovered only to be set aside for something more “ethical”, like Dolly the cloned sheep? A few years ago I learned of a profession known as a genetic counselor. This was intriguing to me because I’ve always enjoyed learning about DNA and genetic traits in my biology courses. I gave up on this career aspiration when I realized I was more of a manager than a doctor. However, the topic of genetics concentrated on babies still interests me.
In high school, I found much disappointment in the lack of responsibility people take for their actions against nature. I’m not an extreme tree hugger by any means, but I believe that littering and being wasteful are simply actions made by the lazy, and incompetent of the world. The insight to how I fell about this topic began my quest to bring awareness about these injustices. Before I lectured others on their ways I did research. I watched The Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore, and read many books on different aspects of being “green.” Alternative energy is a crucial point made by many in the research I did. Of the substitutes, solar power always seemed to be the most practical and enduring. I’d like to know more about how solar cells are made, and how together as a panel energy is generated. If I am to achieve my dream/goal of creating a successful company that produces and sells alternative energy products it is necessary that I know the basics. The ultimate objective is to remove fossil fuels as the primary mode of energy production.

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