ESP Biography



HEEJIN CHEON, Cornell Senior studying Biology




Major: Biological Sciences

College/Employer: Cornell

Year of Graduation: 2016

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Hello all! I'm a Senior at Cornell University, majoring in Biological Sciences and minoring in Biometry & Statistics.

I picked up a book by Dale Carnegie a long time ago, which changed the way I interact with people. I hope to share such insights with you, especially if you are seeking to mobilize people for your goals, rather it be contacting that Nobel prize winner who you think conducts cool research, or enlisting people's help on feeding your rabbit.

On my free time, I bake brownies and pop-overs. Although I spend a majority of my time in the biological realm studying cells and diseases, I also like to watch documentaries on international issues!



Past Classes

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How to win friends and influence people in Splash Spring 2016
Rather it be media or your everyday experiences, we oftentimes encounter how important it is to have leadership skills that can facilitate achievement of our goals. So how can leadership skills be acquired? Is it something innate in our personalities? Can we actually mobilize people upon acquiring this skill? The course explores a few principles outlined in Dale Carnegie's 'How to win friends & influence people' and puts the principles in practical usage by in class demonstrations. Unlike typical leadership seminar, this is NOT based on personality testing, etc. This class puts more emphasis on practical skills one can immediate acquire to help mobilize people.


Overview of Immunology: An analogy to StarCraft I in Splash Fall 2015
This course will cover a brief overview of mammalian immune system, with a focus on immunodeficiency and autoimmunity. Analogies to the video game StarCraft I will be made when possible to facilitate understanding. Goals of this class are: 1) Students gain an introductory understanding of how the body defends itself against pathogens and, 2) Students gain an introductory understanding of clinical symptoms that can manifest in the lack of a functioning immune system or in the presence of auto-reactive immune system.


Science communication: Debating science topics! in Splash Spring 2015
Do you like to talk science? Do you want to improve on your public speaking skills? Are you particularly interested in ethics and sociological impacts of science? Then, this course is for you! We will first cover basic debate rules that we'll employ to talk science. We will also spend some time learning about how to make an impactful speech. Then, we'll have several brave volunteers to make short (2~3 min) speeches on the topic presented. The rest of the class (for those who are shy) will be able to participate in the debate at varying degrees by interjecting questions during the debate.