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2017 October 25

Shaved!

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In Shaving my head, I announced that I would be having my head shaved, but not my beard.

In Shaving my head (and maybe my beard), I offered to let my beard be shaved if the donations came up to $1000.

In Shaving my head, beard, and eyebrows, I announced that my head, beard, and eyebrows would be shaved, and that the next (and last) stretch goal would be shaving my chest hair.  That goal was not reached, so my chest hair is intact.

Here are some photos: before, during, and after the shaving:

This is what I looked like yesterday, before being shaved.

This is what I looked like after being shaved, wearing the silly medal they gave me for raising the most money at the UCSC event.

Just after I’ve been shaved. (photo by Kishwar Shafin)

Another shot of me being shaved (photo by Kishwar Shafin)

Being shaved. (Photo by Kishwar Shafin)

I was a little surprised by how much stubble they left me—it will save me a week on growing the beard back.  In the meantime, my wife has to put up with living with a stranger.

The pictures of me just after being shaved look to me more like my older brother than like me (he is naturally somewhat bald and stays clean-shaven).

I had to adjust the straps on my bicycle helmet before cycling home this evening—the helmet was a size or two too large without the hair and beard as padding.

On the walk home from dinner this evening, I noticed that I had the shadow of a stranger—I wonder who has my shadow.

With $2386 donated from 70 donors, the average donation was just over $30—it makes me feel a bit like Bernie, with lots of small donors!

Although the shaving event is over, you can still contribute to the campaign, either to express amusement at how I look, or (more importantly) to fund research into pediatric cancer, which does not get the research attention that adult cancers get from the government and major foundations.

The link for donating again:

https://www.stbaldricks.org/participants/Karplus2017

With late donations, the total by 31 Oct 2017 was $2661 donated.  Thanks, everyone!

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2017 October 24

Shaving my head, beard, and eyebrows.

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In Shaving my head, I announced that I would be having my head shaved tomorrow, but not my beard.

In Shaving my head (and maybe my beard), I offered to let my beard be shaved if the donations came up to $1000.  When that goal was reached one of my colleagues asked how much for my eyebrows, and I suggested hitting $2000.

Well that goal has been reached also, and one of my students asked what they could get for $3000.  I said that they could shave my chest hair if we hit $3000 by 1:00pm tomorrow (Wednesday 25 Oct 2017), but that is as far as I’m going.

 

The link for donating again:

https://www.stbaldricks.org/participants/Karplus2017

 

Shaving my head (and maybe my beard)

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In Shaving my head, I announced that I would be having my head shaved tomorrow, but not my beard.

On Wednesday 25 October 2017, I’m going to get my head shaved (just the top, not my beard) as part of St. Baldrick’s fundraiser for pediatric cancer.  I missed the head shaving last year, as I was at the iGEM Jamboree in Boston, or I would have done it then.

The head-shaving event is being organized locally by the Treehouse Childhood Cancer Initiative at UCSC.  Cancer genomics has become a major research topic at UCSC, and pediatric cancers are a particular focus, so this fund raiser has particular significance for UCSC.  Last year they raised $29,488 with 28 shavees.  I don’t expect to raise anywhere close to $1000, personally, because I’m not willing to badger my friends and family to make donations, but I hope that a few people will be willing to contribute token amounts.

If you feel like giving to a good cause (or just want to see a picture of me with no hair on top, to be posted after the event), you can donate at https://www.stbaldricks.org/participants/Karplus2017.

Last night, I got permission from my wife to have my beard shaved, but only if $1000 is raised by 1pm Pacific time, Wed 2017 Sept 25. (I’m scheduled to be shaved at 1:15).  Because I’d only raised $60 so far, I figured my beard was safe, but some of my colleagues have decided they want to see my chin, so an extra $400 was raised this morning.  There is a chance now that I’ll be beardless after tomorrow (something I haven’t done for about 25 years—the last time I did it, for a Halloween costume, my wife threatened to divorce me if I shaved it again, which is why I needed her permission for the $1000 offer).

More recently, I’ve colored my beard for St. Patrick’s Day, but not removed it.

The link for donating again:

https://www.stbaldricks.org/participants/Karplus2017

Update: we hit the $1000.  Someone asked how much for the eyebrows—if we hit $2000, I’ll let the eyebrows go also.

2017 October 14

Shaving my head

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On Wednesday 25 October 2017, I’m going to get my head shaved (just the top, not my beard) as part of St. Baldrick’s fundraiser for pediatric cancer.  I missed the head shaving last year, as I was at the iGEM Jamboree in Boston, or I would have done it then.

The head-shaving event is being organized locally by the Treehouse Childhood Cancer Initiative at UCSC.  Cancer genomics has become a major research topic at UCSC, and pediatric cancers are a particular focus, so this fund raiser has particular significance for UCSC.  Last year they raised $29,488 with 28 shavees.  I don’t expect to raise anywhere close to $1000, personally, because I’m not willing to badger my friends and family to make donations, but I hope that a few people will be willing to contribute token amounts.

If you feel like giving to a good cause (or just want to see a picture of me with no hair on top, to be posted after the event), you can donate at https://www.stbaldricks.org/participants/Karplus2017.

If you want to know why you should give to this charity, rather than the 100s of others asking you for money, St. Baldrick’s has a good list of reasons at https://www.stbaldricks.org/blog/post/your-donation-to-a-shavee-matters-and-heres-why.  The reasons I found most compelling is that St. Baldrick’s is the biggest funder of pediatric cancer research other than the US government, and they are a pure research play: funding nothing but pediatric cancer research. This focus makes St. Baldrick’s a long-term social investment, rather than addressing immediate emergencies.

Charity Navigator rates St. Baldrick’s moderately—their transparency is excellent and their administrative expenses low, but their fundraising expenses are moderately high and they have already committed to spending most of what they have collected, so they have low reserves.  St. Baldrick’s explains that the financial thing is an accounting difference—their commitment to funding grants appears as a liability, even though there is no external debt involved and they bank the money before they make the commitment: https://www.stbaldricks.org/faq/#sbfinfo-answer10

The link for donating again:

https://www.stbaldricks.org/participants/Karplus2017

2017 July 12

UCSC iGEM crowd-funding 2017

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Each year a group of UCSC bioengineering engages in a summer research project in synthetic biology as part of the iGEM synthetic biology competition.  Although they get some support from the University, they have to raise the money for going to the iGEM jamboree (the conference where every team presents its results) by crowd-funding.

The UCSC iGEM team has opened their crowd-funding site for this summer:
UC Santa Cruz | UCSC iGEM 2017: Bugs without Borders

UCSC iGEM 2017: Bugs without Borders

What is iGEM?

The iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine) competition is an international symposium dedicated to the advancement of synthetic biology. For over 10 years, iGEM has been encouraging students to work together to solve real-world challenges by building genetically engineered biological systems with standard, interchangeable parts. Student teams design, build and test their projects over the summer and gather to present their work and compete at the annual Jamboree.

The epitome of undergraduate research, iGEM provides an unparalleled opportunity for talented students to administer their own projects, advocate for their research and procure resources for funding. In doing so, the competition promotes creativity, collaboration and curiosity as students develop the critical, analytical, and independent real-world problem solving skills that are difficult to cultivate within the classroom.

Our Project: Bugs Without Borders

UCSC’s 2017 iGEM team is focused on the shortage of supplements and essential vitamins in third world countries. Affectionately dubbed “Bugs without Borders”, this year’s project aims to engineer a Generally Regarded As Safe (GRAS) microorganism capable of producing a target supplement or essential vitamin in a safe and efficient manner.

Go to their crowd-funding site and watch their video to see what they are planning for this year.

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