Stupendous Word of The Day, 6/26/2015

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I’ve been working through my human nutrition textbook. Right now I’m in the “go over what you should already have learned” stages, one of which is reviewing basic organic chemistry and the macronutrients (the biggies: protein, carbohydrates, and lipids).  As I go through the carbohydrate chapter, I am reminded of one of my favorite words: Continue reading

Stupendous Word of the Day: Back for More

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Classes started back up this week.  My new schedule is so much better than spring was and than summer was…even though I’m taking 11 credits, I’m only teaching 2 classes.  This is such a load off, I can’t even begin to tell you.

But, it means that my lovely post on fats and anxiety has been languishing in draft status whilst I’ve been writing syllabi and freaking out about if I’d be able to handle Chemistry 2 and Microbiology at the same time (Chemistry 2 is totally the same material that I learned in biochemistry back in the spring. WHEW.  And Microbiology seems like it will be interesting – we’re going to be focusing on viruses and bacteria – I’ll definitely be fascinated by that). Continue reading

Stupendous Word of the Day

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It’s finals week…I’m teaching three classes and taking two…I’m going mildly insane…but the grammar/English teacher/book lover in me still wants to take a brief moment to appreciate a truly stupendous word.  So here it is… drumroll please…

hypothalamohypophysial
Referring, of course, to the hypothalamohypophysial portal system, by which the hypothalamus (aka the nervous system) controls the pituitary gland (aka the boss of the endocrine system), the back of which is called the neurohypophysis.  Hence the etymology of the word hypothalamohypophysial.

Go ahead.  Try to say it out loud.  I double dog dare you.