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  • a Bobcat asked:
    Prodigy, can you briefly explain the path to setting up your MyDegreePath? - Stephen Colbert
    • UCM Prodigy News replied:
      Dear Stephen, In setting up your MyDegreePath you would have to click “Create Plan”, this would be done after going onto the MyAudit link. Next, select a Major (and emphasis if applicable) to get a guided view of all the classes required for the selected major, along with a recommended order in which to take them. Depending on which courses you started with, your sequence of classes with either look like the recommended set or something very similar to it. Classes with prerequisites will be flagged red and courses that are appropriate for the intended path will be flagged green. You should visit an advisor just to make sure that your plan is correct for your position academically.
  • a Bobcat asked:
    What is Prodigy? What do you guys do? - Mr. Schoolface
    • UCM Prodigy News replied:
      Dear Mr. Schoolface, The Prodigy is UC Merced’s student-run news organization that serves as a voice for students. The staff is made up of writers, photographers, editors, web designers, videographers, artists, and executive board members that all contribute to this organization. For more information visit: http://www.ucmprodigy.com/ or email us at: theprodigy@ucmerced.edu
  • a Bobcat asked:
    Was it really a weather balloon?
    • UCM Prodigy News replied:
      Almost certainly. NASA regularly launches weather balloons that circle the earth in Low Earth Orbit (LEO). The most recent attempts are known as super pressure balloons, and float 33.5km above the ground (https://www.nasa.gov/feature/nasa-super-pressure-balloon-begins-globetrotting-journey). One of the largest balloons to date holds 18.8 million cubic feet of air, and resembles a disk as it floats through the sky, hence the confusion. However, in reality it holds several scientific instruments, including the Comptom Spectrometer and Imager (http://cosi.ssl.berkeley.edu/), a gamma ray telescope designed to study extraterrestrial objects by analyzing their nuclear emissions. It was launched in 2016 and designed as a test for long term super pressure balloon technology (100+ days). Unless you’re talking about the one in Roswell. That was definitely a UFO.
  • a Bobcat asked:
    Did you ever hear the Tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise?
    • UCM Prodigy News replied:
      I thought not. It's not a story the Jedi would tell you. It's a Sith legend. Darth Plagueis was a Dark Lord of the Sith who lived many years ago. He was so powerful and so wise that he could use the Force to influence the midichlorians to create life... He had such a knowledge of the dark side that he could even keep the ones he cared about from dying.
  • a Bobcat asked:
    Prodigy, How does one become an editor in a real magazine or publishing house? - Aspiring Editor
    • UCM Prodigy News replied:
      Aspiring Editor, Becoming an editor for any kind of publishing organization takes quite a bit of work. Most, but not all, editing jobs require at least a four year bachelor's degree usually in writing, language, or communications. Like with most rigorous occupations it also helps to have experience so searching for internships while you’re still in school can be a really great way to get your foot in the door. Not only will this help you with learning to navigate the publishing world but it also gives you networking opportunities which may help lead to a permanent position or better job opportunities. Internships over the summer tend be really good for this because you can travel more whereas during the school year you’ll need to stay mostly in Merced. Depending on what kind of publishing you want to go into, you’ll probably also want to be familiar with the media and how it operates. Unfortunately, editing positions don’t have a lot of projected growth in the near future and may actually suffer a bit so finding positions may prove difficult. I would recommend checking out employment reports for this position such as the one found on O-Net OnLine (onetonline.org) which uses info from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to report projected job growth, KSAs (knowledge, skills, and abilities) needed for positions, and average income. Hope this information helps!
  • a Bobcat asked:
    Prodigy, How do you re-dye your hair to your natural hair color without it looking like shit? - La Loca
    • UCM Prodigy News replied:
      Dear La Loca, The best thing to do when trying to get your natural hair color back is to grow it out as much as possible, then cut off the dyed portion of hair. If this is not an option, the next best thing to do is go to a hair salon and have them reduce your hair to its natural color. However, if this is not an option either, then a trip to a hair store, such as Sally's Beauty Supply, would be your best bet to get your hair color-matched. Best of luck!
  • a Bobcat asked:
    Dear Prodigy, Is the Mitochondria the powerhouse of the cell?
    • The Prodigy replied:
      Yes! The Mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell. The Mitochondria is responsible for converting oxygen and nutrients into adenosine triphosphate (ATP) which is the energy of the cell and powers its functions. The number of mitochondria in a cell varies widely depending on the needs of the cell. Dr. Lanning from CSU Los Angeles recently hosted a seminar here at UC Merced on mitochondrial dysfunction and its contribution to different disorders. For more information on this seminar and Dr. Lanning’s work visit: http://naturalsciences.ucmerced.edu/events/qsb-seminar-series-291-12717. And here (https://soundcloud.com/user-386034408/radiobio_drlanning) is an interview with Dr. Lanning from RadioBio a UCM grad student organization that interviews scientists and researchers on various biology topics.