Response on Dr. Ebony Coletu’s talk

November 2, 2009

I have learned from Dr. Ebony’s speech how to narrow down research questions. At the beginning we should have a big question; this is just the main idea of the research. narrowing down this research question it may be divided into smaller questions that will help us get more vital and more non-biased information. Also she focused on how writing can be a way of distributing a topic efficiently.

Response to Dr. Rich and Dr. Angela Harytyunyan’s speech

November 2, 2009

Research is the discovery of important and true information about a certain topic or issue. Those research do no always have to be via the internet; sometimes one must go into field and make surveys and one-on-one conversations with people that are out on the filed in order to get true and non biased information. One should be as accurate as possible when quoting someone or  taking down facts because the trustworthy of those information depend on the person who takes down those information. The research should also be persuasive enough to make people actually think about what u said and maybe you can turn some of those people’s mind about what u are talking about.

Research question?

November 2, 2009

Why is Swine Flue such a big deal?

  • What is swine flu?
  • what is the effect of swine flu?
  • what are the symptoms of swine flu?
  • what is the vaccination used for swine flu?
  • why do many people thing that the vaccination used can be a biological weapon?

Structuring an argument

November 2, 2009

The author claims that women are less happy nowadays compared to before for the following reason:

-Its much harder now for women to be equal to men

-as the author said “if u expect less you’re easier to please” and as women compare themselves to men their expectations are higher and there for harder to please.

-Even though women work both in their job and at home their income is lower than that of a man, also a women’s health insurance is higher than that of a man’s health insurance.


The underlying assumption is that when women become equal to men, men tend to be happier

The author supported his sources using some sources that are very credible and an article that the author chose is called “A woman’s nation changes everything”

Research proposal

November 2, 2009


The H1N1 virus was identified in the United States on the 22nd of April 2009 however; Mexican government says that the virus appeared in their country around the end of March. To make this problem worse swine flu has reached level six as the CBS News reported on the 11th of June 2009, quote “Swine Flu Reaches Official Pandemic Label”. A pandemic according to medical news is, quote “”Denoting a disease affecting or attacking the population of an extensive region, country, continent, global; extensively epidemic”.

Swine flu is a more common name for the H1N1 virus, a strain of Influenza A to distinguish it from seasonal flu. Usually there is no Influenza out breaks during the summer; however there have been a lot of cases of swine flu reported around the world hence, we are facing a swine flu outbreak and seasonal flu which will make it even harder to stop the spreading of the flu.

Regarding my research project, I want to find out how this virus has affected Egypt in the past few months. I am hoping to gain a better understanding about how are country is going to be affected by the swine flu  and is the government taking actions that are not necessary? I also wanted to talk about the H1N1 vaccination and how it could be a hazard to human beings?





First I want to start off by searching about swine flu’s history and how it has evolved to cause such a huge problem and making it so hard to cure? I also wanted to compare the amount of deaths between the main countries of my concern?

The thing that caught my attention the most was even though the fatality rate of swine flu is much lower than the fatality rate of that of seasonal flu. Swine flu can be cured very easily so why all doctors and scientists around the world have such a huge fear from swine flu. What will happen if the swine flu could not be contained?

The next thing that I really wanted to focus on is the vaccination of swine flu; there has been many speculations about the H1N1 vaccinations. Some people say that this could be a cure that will help the world for this pandemic. Some people claim that this could be a biological weapon that can be used against third world countries such as Egypt for example.

Then I will start talking about the most important part, how is virus affecting Egypt and what action is the government taking to help reduce the spread of this virus.


I started off by reading an article called “Why Worry about the Swine Flu?” written by Chuck Simmins and an article called “What You Need to Know About Swine Flu” written by Dr. Frank J. Bia to give me an introduction about swine flu in general. I also found an article using Google scholar called “” that talks about what is a pandemic and why was swine flu has been classified as a pandemic now.

Then I focused on how the swine flu has mutated that it started to get transmitted between humans. Then I will talk about what happened when the virus reached Egypt starting with an article about the first case of swine flu in Egypt written by VOA news called “Egypt Reports 1st Swine Flu Case”.


28/10- 30/10 Finding resources for the article

1/11 Work on the thesis

3/11-22/11 Write the first draft of research paper

22/11 First draft of final research paper due

22/11- 13/12 modify the 1st draft

16/12 Final draft due


I chose this topic because swine flu is the first pandemic in more than four decades; it has been an issue that’s on most of the people’s minds almost every day. This pandemic has really changed our way of lives and how we deal with people and most of all the constant worrying.

Exploring the AUC

October 9, 2009

As i have been walking around the campus i asked my self a questions, is the AUC worth the amount of money that u pay as fees? AUC is known to be the the best university in egypt however, its the most expensive. I think that AUC is too expensive considering its worlds ranking, there are a lot of other universities in Canada for example that have a much better ranking than AUC and are cheaper. So why do we pay so much for the AUC?

Why do many so many students go to AUC and not to better universities in Canada or the USA eventhough its better and in some cases cheaper?why are the fees always getting more expensive? does it has to do anything regarding its geographical location?

Research topics questions regarding my neighborhood

October 9, 2009

It took me a while in order to write this essay, i could not think of anything to write until i had to walk around in my neighborhood in order for any ideas to come up in my head. I live in Nasr city near ‘Al-Ahly’ club, the only thing i could think of is how come there are still people sleeping in the streets without the government doing anything to help those people? Those human beings who work all day trying to raise a much money as they can to try to support their family, those people are not trying to gather money to satisfy their luxurious want but in order to survive. Most of those people do not have a place that they return to at night, the only place they can sleep are on the streets. You would never find anything like that in places that attracts tourists such as near the pyramids.

Does our covernment put the comfort of tourists before that of the citizens? How can the government change the status of life of those people? and are there any people that help them to improve their quality of life?

What is research?

September 13, 2009

The term, research, is much stricter in science than in everyday life.

It revolves around using the scientific method to generate hypotheses and provide analyzable results. All scientific research has a goal and ultimate aim, repeated and refined experimentation gradually reaching an answer.

These results are a way of gradually uncovering truth and finding out about the processes that drive the universe around us. Only by having a rigid structure to experimentation, can results be verified as acceptable contributions to science.

Some other areas, such as history and economics, also perform true research, but tend to have their own structures in place for generating solid results. They also contribute to human knowledge but with different processes and systems.