Last Semester Wrap-Up & Spring Semester Events

The Mechanics of Organics.

We apologize for the delay on the final Fall 2013 meeting summary. Our last meeting was a great one. We discussed the environment & organic foods with Dr. Case. (Ironically, we enjoyed some very artificial, but delicious, QD donuts during this meeting.)

Some of the topics we discussed concerning the environment and organic foods included:

Organic Origins.

Brief timeline on the progression of organic foods including the origin of the concept which was traced back to 1918 and the introduction of artificial fertilizers.

What is organic food?

Organic food is food grown without the aid of artificial fertilizers. Discussed the FDA’s role in organic food and GMOs.

How Environmental History How Intertwines with the History of of the Human Species.

Including our impact on the environment. The Water Fluoridation Movement and how we process drinking water.

Allergies and Food Related Diseases (e.g. Celiac Disease).

Relationship between food allergy, sensitivity, and disease to artificial additives and preservatives in foods.The importance and purpose of gut flora.

The Human Body as a Historical Object.

Discussing the idea of going back to the ideal human lifestyle/body before the introduction of artificially enhanced foods. Can you turn back the clock?


Epigentic effects on weight your ability to loose/gain weight: do you really have control over your own weight? Relationship between weight and stress.

Interested? Click here for more information on some of the books discussed/recommended in this meeting.

Spring The Arctic Winter Semester. 

We are excited to be partaking in this year’s Lyman Briggs Martin Luther King Jr. Day event! HPSSA will be hosting one of the break off discussion that will come after the main event. This event will take place in the classrooms of Holmes Hall on MLK Day (January 20th).

For the upcoming semester HPSSA is planning new meeting including: “HPS & Getting into Grad/Med School”, HPS and Grants, an “HPS Speaker Series” with some amazing MSU HPS Professors, crossover meetings with other MSU clubs, and more.

Stay tuned for more details on this event via the Lyman Briggs website.

As the month progresses look for a more complete HPSSA meeting schedule on this blog and our other social media pages, listed below & in the side bar.

This is going to be great semester, hope you are enjoying kicking it off with the 1.5 University Snow Days!

-The HPSSA E-Board

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About msuhpssa

The History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Science Student Association (HPSSA) was founded in January 2012 by students in Lyman Briggs, a residential college for the sciences at Michigan State University. History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Science, often shortened HPS, plays an integral part in Lyman Briggs by bridging the sciences and humanities in student education.


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