Assignment 4 Biotechnology

Interviews- Discussion Question #5 p. 49

1. Briefly explain what Biotechnology means
2. Are you in favor of further Industrial research in this field?
3. Provide at least one reason for your stance on this issue
4. What is your academic major?

Jake, Age 21

Northern VA Community College

1. “I’m not sure but I think it is the use of our knowledge of biology/science in everyday products”.

2. Yes.

3. ” Yes because Biotechnology has resulted in major medical advances in the last decade and will continue to result in medical advances in the coming years”

4. Undecided

Joe, Age 57 (My dad)

Western Kentucky University ’82

1. “The application of engineering principles in finding solutions to problems in the fields of medecine and biology. It is used in the advancements of quality,longevity, and sustainability of life- on this planet and in outer space”.

2. Yes

3. ” We need to research further because, in regards to food, our population is going to cause a demand in food supply; for the poor and undeveloped nations, it could be a tremendous benefit”.

4. Civil Engineering


Freshman girl (not mentioning name for confidentiality purposes)

Age 19, Old Dominion University

1. “I’m not exactly sure what biotechnology really is or can I think of any examples, I always believe technology was only mechanical stuff.”

2. “Sure”

3. “I would like to become a little more aware of what technology really is all about, considering I don’t have a clue about biotechnology. I now believe it’s equally important for everyone to get involved with how technology is growing today.”

4. Communications Major



It appears that with age comes knowledge. Our youngest interviewee appeared to have no knowledge on biotechnology in the least, while our oldest member appeared to be up to date with technology and our society overall. The majors seemed to play a role as well, as the civil engineer was all for continued research in the fields of science and health. Overall as people get older and have more hands on (or academic) experiences with various technology, their opinions and attitudes about the subject shifts as well. In the end, with technology impacting our life in one way or the other, people far and wide seem to agree on the idea of continued research.


Social Media Policy DRAFT

Old Dominion Inc.’s Social Media Policy

Welcome to our company. Here at Old Dominion Inc. we have certain rules and regulations regarding social media use. Please read over the following material and follow the directions listed.

Twitter, Facebook, Myspace, Google+, etc.

Regarding social media networks, we believe it is completely up to the employee if he/she wishes to follow or like our corporation on Twitter, Facebook, Myspace, etc. However, we strongly recommend if you participate in social networking you take in account the following guidelines.

  • Do not post any obscene material (nude photos, photos of the dead, etc.)
  • Do not post any offensive material to any race, religion, or sex
  • Do not post any material degrading our corporation. (If you have a problem with our corporation speak with the owner, not the public.)

 Please understand the following terminology, for we do not tolerate such actions.

Slandermalicious, false statements used to ruin a good name.

Obscene – disgusting, indecent language, pictures or videos posted towards another employee or manager, or the company itself.

Offensive – material or language that would cause anger, irritation, or resentful displeasure.

Harassment -repeatedly disturbing another employee, manager or the company itself.

Threatening to do physical or emotional harm to another employee, manager, or the company itself will also not be tolerated.

Remember, employment at our company puts you in the public eye, making you easy to find on social media networks.

If  any employee fails to adhere to this policy, disciplinary action will be taken (Suspension or possible terminatio).

Please sign the bottom of this policy and complete the following quiz. This will ensure us you have read the policy and understand it.

Please read the following statements. If you believe the statement is true, please write TRUE in the indicated blank. If you believe the statement is false, please write FALSE in the indicated blank.

It is ok to tweet “I HATE OLD DOMINION INC!!”   _______

It is ok to post “I work for Old Dominion Inc”on Myspace.”  _______

It is ok to tweet “Joey and Jill had sex in the copy room.” _______

It is ok to tweet “I hate the Mexicans i work with.” ________

It is okay to post a picture of a dead body on Tumblr. _________

It is okay to display a picture of you and your dog. _________

____________                   _________________

SIGNATURE                                DATE

Individual Problem Analysis Statement and Research

What our group is trying to do is make the smart phone “smarter”. Some of our ideas include fixing auto correct errors. I investigated cell phone use in academic matters and came across this article. Essentially, I believe there could be a way to enhance the smart phone to increase learning capabilities. The results this experiment reported that they improved their speech when using cell phone videos. I’m interested in making a cell phone a viable tool for learning, and perhaps schools can allow students to use their phones in class (appropriately).

Saudi Arabian universities have been using what is called “mobile learning”. By using cell phones, students are able to learn course material through a text message given from a professor’s PC, a system called Short Message Service (SMS). If something like this exists, I believe we can sure upgrade our smart phones to provide a connection to Blackboard as well. What students can’t receive in class will be able to obtain through their phones. Again, just an addition to making our smart phones “smarter”, by enhancing learning capabilities.

Rose’s Interviews Summary

After interviewing my friends Nick and Alex, I realized that not many students are aware that ODU has a social policy. Neither of them had ideas about what they wanted in a social policy and lack any sort of opinion on social media policies all together. Trends in the interviews included being respectful and responsible when using social media such as Facebook and Twitter. Alex had a policy with a group he belongs to at ODU (ODU ghost hunting) that included not posting results of investigations. Nick, however, said that his job (employed by ODU) did not have a social media policy. These interviews were insightful, but overall I did not really get any ideas for our own social media policy.

Mason Inc. Social Media Policy

I choose the Mason Inc. Social Media Policy because it’s short, simple, and to the point. It seems like the main ideas had to do with the fact that your responsible about what you do on the social media site your on. For example you can’t cite or reference clients or associates without they’re approval. Also if you do publish anything on a personal blog or website that’s work related you have to put “The postings on this site are my own and do not represent my employer’s positions, strategies or opinions.” They also want you to be aware of your association with Mason, so you should think about the pictures you put up, and the statements make in your posts.

Something I found pretty interesting was one the statements: “Don’t pick fights, and accept and correct any mistakes you have made.” That was pretty interesting because I’ve never seen that in kind of policy before.

Nova Scotia Social Media Policy

I picked the Nova Scotia media policy because it was really random and had potential to be really interesting.  I was correct; it actually was really cool how they have policies for a location instead of a corporation. The main emphasis of the policy is to encourage clear and effective communication with all Nova Scotians using a variety of accepted tools, including social media. It is interesting because they explain exactly what is media and what and what can not be on the media. They also explain the proper ways to practice good media usage by measuring it to an imaginary “appropriatness” level that it must pass or else it will be taken down.

I found it cool that they had to specify exactly who needs to follow these policies.

The policy was pretty similar to any other social media policy.  It explained what kind of media can be monitored and also for what reason it is being monitored.


Interview questions

Hey guys as you all know we have to do at least two interviews and we need questions for them. So, please think of questions we could ask our interviewees, that would further our assignment and help us make our own social media policy. Feel free to leave your ideas in the comments section under this post.