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Homework #3

Bacteria Name: Meow

Start date: October 14, 2015

Origin: Central Africa

100 people infected: around 47 days

1,000,000 people infected: around 2 months

First death: December 12, 2016 in East Africa

Destroyed human race?: No

If not how long: Cure research began in central Africa 5 months later. Cured at 1557 days


In the first game I concentrated on evolving the abilities of the bacteria Meow. The abilities of Meow were maxed out. I believed that maxing out these abilities will prevent researchers from making a cure because once there is a cure it is basically game over. My next area of concentration was the symptoms. I worked on making the symptoms as severe as I could with the amount of DNA points that I could obtain. By making the symptoms severe I thought that I could wipe out as many people and as fast as I could. As the game progresses it becomes harder to get DNA points because the game has reached a point of equilibrium. The cure research is ongoing and the amount of people dying and becoming infected is stable. This first game took quite some time to end. Ultimately a cure was made and Meow was eradicated. One of the main reasons I noticed was because I was unable to infect Greenland. All the methods of transmission to Greenland were shut down before I could get them infected. Therefore the cure was ongoing throughout the game. It was only a matter of time before the cure was made and the game was over.

Bacteria Name: Meow 2

Start date: October 14, 2015

Origin: U.S.A.

100 people infected: around 60 days

1,000,000 people infected: around 4 months

First death: around 6 months

Destroyed human race?: Yes


Meow 2 eliminated all of human race in 544 days. I took on a different approach for Meow 2. Because I was unable to infect Greenland in the previous game I concentrated on leveling up the transmission abilities for Meow 2 earlier on in the game. By doing so I was able to infect the entire world before the airports and docks shut down. At the same time, cure research began much earlier for Meow 2. Therefore, I evolved the abilities in Meow 2 as well to prevent quick progress in finding a cure. This method allowed me to counteract the containment and cure for Meow 2. The infection rate for Meow 2 was slower at first compared to Meow, but eventually picked up and multiplied rapidly. I believe that in order for a disease to spread the method of transmission is crucial to how diseases become a pandemic. In healthcare, one of the most important things we learn is all the preventative measures against transmission of diseases. By having a comparison of Meow vs. Meow 2, I can see that even if the disease is deadly, it won’t cause as much damage as long as it is contained. Meow 2 was not contained and eliminated the human race. Knowing the method in which bacteria is transmitted is important in preventing the spread of a disease.

Homework #2

Prior to watching the video, I looked at the photographs from her series “From Here I Saw What Happened and I Cried” in order on Carrie Mae Weems’ website. My first impression was a mixture of feeling angered and disturbed by the images. But I also felt that the series of photographs were meant to stir up those kinds of feelings. Carrie Mae Weems’ intention seems to build on exposing the mistreatment and history of dehumanization and discrimination over time. These people in the photographs were used as objects for study. These photos tell a story, one that is not intended to be pleasant, but rather complex and powerful. It narrates the development of history and functions as a film through time. Both the words and the photographs intertwined and created an emotional impact. After watching the short video, I can see how the color contrasts the original photograph. With the technique of using monochrome red, these photographs are enhanced and speak loud to the audience. She describes these photos as “singular moments” that actually represent a much larger meaning and complex idea. These people were just used as sample pieces and stripped of their dignity. Looking at the photos alone already gives meaning to how these people were mistreated. The text gives the photographs a timeline and history, without the text the photographs gives the audience more room to have their own interpretation and imagination about what these photos mean. I felt that Weems’ project uses the photographs and text to tell us a very important history that developed over the course of several decades.


Homework #1: Wellcome Images Database

V0017575 "Anxious moments": a sick child, its grieving parents, a nur Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images "Anxious moments": a sick child, its grieving parents, a nursemaid and a medical practitioner. Oil painting attributed to John Whitehead Walton, 1894. By: John Whitehead WaltonPublished:  -  Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0

V0017575 “Anxious moments”: a sick child, its grieving parents, a nur
Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images
“Anxious moments”: a sick child, its grieving parents, a nursemaid and a medical practitioner. Oil painting attributed to John Whitehead Walton, 1894.
By: John Whitehead WaltonPublished: –
Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0

The picture I chose is called “Anxious moments” it is an oil painting attributed to John Whitehead Walton from the year 1894. This painting depicts a scene of a sick child with her grief-stricken parents. A medical practitioner and a nursemaid are at the bedside.

This painting portrays mixed emotions. This painting takes place in the evening because there is a lamp at the bedside table and a glow from the door that looks like the sun is setting outside. The medical practitioner has rushed over and dropped his hat and cane on the floor. He is intent on assessing the child, while the parents are in obvious distress as they are trying to cope with the situation. The nursemaid has possibly given the child some medicine or water because she is holding a bottle while caressing the child and looking intently at the medical practitioner for further instructions. Based on the fact that this painting is from the 19th century, care is provided at home for children, I can assume that the family had no choice but to call the medical practitioner over to get the child checked. The mother is caring and cannot bear to look and see what could possibly be going wrong with her child. The father is patiently waiting and his expression is troubled and helpless, as he looks at the child in hopes that everything will be okay.

Focusing in on the child; she glows while her surroundings are dim. This gives the painting a feeling of innocence from the child. Her expression is peaceful and without any signs of distress. Despite the surroundings being so dark, looking solely at the child in the picture, it is uplifting. The child is neither suffering nor does it look like she has any form of severe illness.

The reason I found this particular painting striking is because it portrays the value of family and how medicine interacts with family ties. No matter how time goes on, whether it is the 19th century or the 21st century, the bond that families have will never change. Each individual in this picture represents the role that each title holds. When a child is sick, the entire family is involved with the healthcare providers. This compares to the imagery that we have discussed in class because it has a complimenting surroundings that reflect the central idea of the image. When we look at this painting we can see how colors, lighting, and facial expressions can give us so much meaning to the painting. It represents the knowledge and system of delivering care at the time the imagery was created. It speaks for itself as does the imagery we have discussed in class.