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Course Associates

The Human Biology Course Associates (CA's) can be found in Room 21H of the Human Biology Building (Bldg. 20, Main Quad). If you want to talk to a CA, catch him or her at class, leave a message in one of their mailboxes at Human Biology (downstairs in the hallway), leave a voice mail message, stop by his/her office hours, or email one of them (email is probably the best way to get in touch with a CA).

A Side and B Side CA Phone and Voicemail . . . . . . . (650) 725 - 0342

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Welcome to Human Biology. You’ve been using it all your life, and now you get to learn about it! The Core was undoubtedly one of my most influential academic experiences at Stanford, and it fundamentally changed the way in which I see and understand the world. I ended up majoring in Philosophy, not Human Biology, but the Core was an amazing and formative complement to my other academic interests. Even if you decide you want to explore other majors at Stanford, I could not recommend the Core more highly. During my undergrad years I was involved in cancer research at the medical school, I taught middle school children with the H.E.L.P. program, and I wrote for the Stanford Chaparral. I enjoy running, playing the piano, and learning about what it means to be human. Looking forward to a great year!

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Welcome to the HumBio Core! Get ready to learn tons of interesting and relevant information - you'll be surprised how often HumBio topics come up in everyday conversation! I am a huge fan of HumBio because it is interdisciplinary and incredibly flexible. My concentration was Public Health of Women and Children, but HumBio allowed me to study (and get really excited about) everything from Australian grass trees to disease modeling. In addition to study abroad in Australia and lots of awesome HumBio classes, some of my favorite Stanford experiences included working at the Women's Community Center and being part of the Rock Climbing Team. I also loved working with people and building community as an RA in Crothers and as a counselor for the Stanford Medical Youth Science Program.  In my free time, I enjoy hiking, being outdoors, and spending quality time with friends and family. I am excited to get to know you and learn with you this year!

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Hi all! Welcome to the Core! I’m so excited to get to know you and take part in all that you will learn and accomplish through this journey. The breadth of material that you will experience in A-side and B-side is what made me fall in love with this major, as it allowed me to understand the human experience in new and exciting ways. My concentration was Cross-Cultural Studies in Chronic Diseases (something I only could have studied as a HumBio major!) – I was specifically interested in cancer, and how understanding, developing, and treating cancer differed across cultures. HumBio allowed me to take all sorts of cool classes, from cancer epidemiology to cross-cultural medicine, as well as get involved in clinical research with a pediatric oncologist, studying iron overload in survivors of pediatric stem cell transplants, which eventually became the topic of my honors thesis. While at Stanford, I also staffed in Burbank and Casa Italiana, worked as a Student Advisor for HumBio, and was an outreach coordinator for Dance Marathon. When I’m not working, I love to hike, listen to the Hamilton soundtrack, watch Gilmore Girls and NBA games, and eat really good food. I’m looking forward to meeting all of you – get ready for an amazing year!

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Hi all! I’m Leigh, a dancer, drummer, painter, and Humbio major from Marin County, CA. When I came to Stanford, I was sure that I wanted to be a doctor. After the Humbio core, I saw that I could make a more upstream impact on health by studying public health, health interventions, and preventative healthcare. Because of this, I chose to concentrate in Design for Human Health Behaviors, an A/C that challenged me to take a human-centered design approach to healthcare and think about how we can leverage the mass of research and resources we already have to help individuals and communities make lasting health behavior changes. I hope to eventually work in foreign countries where I can contribute to public health projects, namely family planning interventions. Some of my communities at Stanford besides my Humbio family were the Stanford Dollies, Camp Kesem, 576 Alvarado, Tour Guides, the LSJUMB drumline, and Urban Styles Dance Company.  I’m so thrilled to be on this journey alongside you as you dig deeper into your passion for Humbio and learn how to apply what you study, question what you hear, think critically, and make the biggest impact possible. Here we go!

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 Welcome to Human Biology! The HumBio Core classes were some of my favorites at Stanford, and I’m so excited to be able to guide you through them this year. HumBio is unique because of the freedom it gives you to create your own version of the major. The Core’s job is to expose you to many HumBio topics that might interest you, so that you know what to do with all that freedom. During my time in the Core, I found the lectures on child development and the brain to be the most thought provoking, and was inspired to create an area of concentration in those fields. What drew me back to the Core this year was the chance to revisit the classes that motivated me and my friends to find our focuses in the major. I am looking forward to leading all of you through the Core and to hopefully help you find what you’re passionate about within HumBio! While at Stanford, I’ve also been lucky enough to have a variety of research experiences related to HumBio, including epigenetics, neurology, and pain medicine. Outside of academics, I’ve enjoyed activities like playing violin in the Stanford Symphony Orchestra, studying abroad in Paris, staffing in a row house, and working as a Student Advisor for HumBio. As you go through the Core this year, keep an open mind and make an effort to maintain your outside interests -- you never know what activity might bring new meaning to a class, or vice versa. I can’t wait to meet you all and help you start your HumBio journey!

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Hey Humbio! I am so excited to go through the core with you all! As a sophomore, the humbio core introduced me to whole a new way of thinking about the world's problems. I loved engaging with the social sciences as well as biology and learning about how the two interact. The core helped me discover an area of concentration that I am passionate about: the Social Determinants of Adolescent Development. Humbio was the perfect major for me as it allowed me take lots of courses from different departments with unique perspectives on the lives, experiences, and developmental trajectories of young people. Because I love working with kids and adolescents, I also spent a lot of my undergraduate career working with Camp Kesem as a counselor. Other highlights of my college experience include studying abroad in Santiago and Paris my junior year and working as a Student Advisor for the Humbio department my senior year. I love to travel so in my free time you'll often find me planning my next road trip or overseas adventure. I also love to relax outdoors with friends or a good novel, so definitely let me know if you have book suggestions. I am so excited to meet you all soon!

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Hello everyone, and welcome to the awesome HumBio Core! I’m so excited to be taking this journey with you all. The Core introduced me to some of my current interests, and my fascination with the brain led to my concentration in Cognitive and Behavioral Health. After taking the Core as a student, I enjoyed it so much that I stayed involved as a VPTL tutor for HumBio. As an undergrad, I also lived at The Bridge as a live-in counselor for two years, volunteered in spiritual care at the Stanford Hospital, and did research in the Stanford Systems Neuroscience and Pain Lab. When I’m not teaching, I love going for a run around Lake Lag, cheering on our Bay Area Warriors, and watching Game of Thrones with my friends. If you ever have questions about HumBio or just want to talk about life, please feel free to stop by my office hours. I can’t wait for the year ahead!

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I remember stumbling into HumBio my sophomore year, unsure of what 30 units of morning classes would bring me. As it turns out, the Core was one of my most important experiences at Stanford. Along with finding a supportive community in HumBio, the Core broadened my understanding of how we can impact human health, leading me to a concentration exploring the use of design as a tool to attenuate health disparities. My time volunteering in a county hospital and free clinic, mentoring and learning from low-income, underrepresented students with the Stanford Medical Youth Science Program, and exploring my own cultural identity and upbringing have guided my desire to be a physician working with underserved populations. Amazing project-based classes in design, community health, and other departments expanded my conception of design beyond graphic and visual communication. A few of my other most formative experiences include being an RA and finding a second family in Kimball, creating a scrolling log sculpture for my senior capstone project, conducting research on insulin resistance, and studying abroad in Paris. Whenever possible, I love to play board and video games, read (especially young adult and graphic novels), learn new recipes, and explore the world through a camera lens. I hope to get to know you – let's talk in office hours!