Inquiro Volumne 10 |2016 cover image
Girl sitting on couch with a laptop

Author: Remy Meir

Do you want to maximize your productivity by increasing your concentration? While the classic study aid is a caffeine buzz for those all-nighters, the demanding university environment has driven many students to find a more intense fix. Students are now turning to illegal usage of prescription pills, such as Adderall and Ritalin, to meet these demands. Surveys show that around 25% of college students use study-enhancing drugs1. They choose these “smart drugs” because of student stories and research evidence which claim that the drugs boost cognitive function and allow a person to study for hours with full concentration1. This is the ultimate goal for many college students: to develop a method to master the information taught in the most effective and efficient manner

Legs of a person walking on a suspended wood bridge in the forest

Author: Nicholas Bolin

E. O. Wilson is a veritable legend among biologists, gaining international fame for his scientific efforts as a conservationist, researcher, and writer. He has won two Pulitzer prizes for his books On Human Nature and The Ants, though many consider The Future of Life to be his most personal work. This book is characterized by an impassioned plea of an old soul for the life of his planet, while simultaneously maintaining a constant overtone of wizened astuteness and practicality. In this novel, Wilson address some of the most important and belittled questions of our time, such as, “how can mankind mitigate the damage it has caused to the biosphere yet continue to thrive industrially?” and, “how much is the biosphere actually worth?”

Hands on a laptop

Author: Emily Jennings

The world looks to scientists to both discover information that explains life and its various phenomena and interpret that information. Scientific discoveries and theories are then considered when developing policies in various areas and at all levels of government. One example of the use of science in policy development at a local level is the fluoridation of water sources in order to prevent tooth decay. The State of Alabama does not mandate fluoridation of all water systems, but rather local governments control fluoridation systems1. A more global example is the creation of the Paris Climate Agreement, which commits governments around the world to using clean sources of energy rather than fossil fuels2. Thus, science affects everyone around the world everyday. But what if science was wrong? What if the data gathered by scientists was not correctly evaluated? Unfortunately, erroneous science is a larger problem than many people realize or would like to admit. This is in large part due to the incorrect evaluation of data.

blackboard with equations

Author: David Chasteen-Boyd

It sometimes seems like there is a pre-medical student everywhere you turn at UAB. Pre-meds are one of the most motivated (and sleep-deprived) groups of students on campus. The pre-med curriculum expects students to be very well-rounded and is not easy by any standard. These students take diverse and often difficult classes including general and organic chemistry, general physics, biology, and English literature. However, from my experience being friends with and tutoring many pre-med students, the subject they seem to dislike most is math—specifically calculus and statistics. One of the most common complaints I hear regarding these fields of math is “Why do I need to learn this? When am I ever going to use this as a doctor?”. I’d like to take the time to answer these questions for all of the pre-meds wondering the same thing, and present an argument for why upper-level math classes (past Calculus I and Statistics) are useful in medicine.

Description, facts, and statistics about telemedicine

Author: Neha Udayakumar

Though not a new concept, more recent technological advances is spurring its growth and use in the today's healthcare institutions. This infographic explores what telemedicine is and the impact it may have on the future of medicine.