Final Assignment

Hello everyone, my name is Aiden Chan and I am a fourth year general biology major born in the year of the horse. I am Chinese, and I was raised under the assumption that Horse and Dragon are both symbols of Yang. Today, I am choosing to talk about how my animal relates to climate change. My major is pretty ecology focused, but I haven't yet had the chance to explore land-based effects of climate change, only marine ones. So, diving into equine territory was rather new to me.

Revolutionizing Poultry: Bioengineering in Roosters via Cas9-CRISPR

My name is Ryan Xu and I am a first-year Computational and Systems Biology major, a field that applies the techniques of computer science, applied mathematics, and statistics to address problems inspired by evolutionary biology. Computational biology has significantly impacted genetic engineering by making it possible to alter genetic information within organisms, especially in the realm of roosters!

Ghee and Goat Wisdom: Ayurveda's Holistic Magic

My name is Neha Thakkar and I am from Portland, Oregon. I am currently a third year student at UCLA majoring in psychology and minoring in public health. This Food Studies class has given me valuable insight into my Chinese zodiac sign, the goat, and how it relates to my studies. The goat acts as a symbol of gentleness, kindness, and peace in Chinese culture.

"Roosters, Dragons, and Climate Change: Navigating Political Science in the Year of Transformation"

My name is Alex Li and as a proud Rooster currently studying in school, I've spent my years pecking through the dense underbrush of Political Science. This field, rich with the nuances of governance, policy, and the fabric that binds societies, has honed my analytical skills, enabling me to address complex issues from unique perspectives. This year, the Dragon soars through the calendar, symbolizing power, luck, and prosperity.

The Horse ... El Caballo

My name is Isabela Vega, and I am a 3rd year undergraduate studying physiological science and Spanish. My animal sign is a horse. The horse relates to the dragon in that they are both Yang signs, so they embody light and positivity. As a horse, I partially identify with Yang in that I try to see small wins and hope in situations, but not all the time.

Monkeys as Therapists??

Hola, my name is Robin! I am originally from Fengcheng City, China, but my parents adopted me and brought me to Sacramento, CA. I am a freshman at UCLA and majoring in cognitive science which is extremely interdisciplinary (hence the reason I chose it). I was born in 2004 which makes my animal sign the monkey!! Monkeys are awesome because similar to the dragon, they are both determined to perform above average, and they also make a wonderful couple as they make the best of one another's positive forces. 


Hi everyone! My name is Kane Wan, and I am a third year student here studying business economics and film, television, and digital media. My zodiac sign is a horse and it has a very interesting relationship with the dragon, which is this year’s zodiac sign. The Horse is known for being energetic, independent, and adventurous, and people born in the Year of the Horse are often seen as hardworking and intelligent. We value freedom and may have a strong desire for exploration and new experiences.


The final assignment for Fiat Lux: Eat or be Eaten 2024: 

Write about yourself first, including a few details about your major, your animal sign, and how your animal relates to the Dragon or Lizard, as it is the year of the Dragon. Then, based on the 12 concepts provided below, select one topic and conduct comprehensive research about your animal in relation to your chosen topic.  Also, make sure to utilize your major in your research. Include a minimum of 500 words, at least 3 images, 1 video, and 5 links as references. Feel free to experiment further and combine the topics. 



  1. Cloning
  2. Chinese / Tibetan / Ayurveda Medicine 
  3. Food crisis
  4. Anthropocene food
  5. Genetic Engineering in Animals
  6. Extinction
  7. Animals and Language
  8. Genetic Engineering / Crops
  9. Animals / Therapy
  10. Climate Change
  11. Science Experiments and Animals
  12. Animals / Consciousness. 
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