Imran Rizvi at UT: A Retrospective of Time Well-Spent.

Figure 1: Imran was apprehensive of attending UT Austin before his freshman year.

Imran Rizvi has been an individual that has gone through an evolution from high school to college, associated with very different adjectives in the two different phases of his life. The summer before coming to UT, he was apprehensive about attending the university, stuck with a belief that a smaller college would allow him to interact with people more, immerse more in the school culture, and reap larger benefits from the school; benefits that a large university like UT Austin could not provide. After spending three years at the University of Texas, Imran’s fears were quelled as he experienced increased confidence, high campus involvement, and continuous social progression, showing that he’s grown much as a person on the forty acres and continues to improve every day.

Imran’s journey on the forty acres began at Jester Dormitory, the largest dormitory at the time in which it was built, where he made his first friends and acclimated to life on campus. Although it was a cramped area and he was homesick often, he became used to the independence that college brings in the dorms. He began ambitiously joining many pre-medical organizations during his time here to increase his involvement on campus.

Imran became increasingly involved in fitness and working out during his freshman year of college, spending 5+ days a week in the weight room. Here he met many friends and workout buddies, pumped iron, played basketball, and burned off the freshman 15 that was trying to add to his body. The gym helped to alieve the stress of college life and studying that was constantly nagging at him 24/7, and he soon found it to be his sanctuary.

Imran spent a large majority of his academic time freshman year studying at Welch Hall, where many of his classes and organizational meetings were held. Although Welch’s dreary halls and dilapidated walls ruined his mood many times, he came to know and love the building for all that it meant to him: becoming involved in organizations on campus, having late night study sessions, and staying on top of schoolwork. His freshman year was characterized by ambitiously staying on top of his grades yet also being involved on campus.

Figure 11: A snapshot of Imran’s West Campus apartment during his sophomore year.

Imran’s sophomore year was met with more responsibility, as he moved to West Campus into an apartment. He had to learn how to search for apartments, pay rent and utilities, and how to cook for the first time. He had a larger room that he shared with roommates, which forced him to become more relatable and understanding.

During his sophomore year, Imran continue being involved on campus by gaining officer positions in his organizations, thereby taking on a higher leadership role, but also began to enjoy himself more as he spent more time with friends socializing and having a good time. This taught him to not only remain focused, but to enjoy his time on campus.

Sophomore year is also when Imran became involved with volunteering, spending large portions of his time at Dell Children’s Hospital and Hope Clinic sorting pills for refugees. He not only was involved on campus, but was involved in community service around Austin through organizations like FunWithChemistry science outreach.

Junior year was characterized by continuing his pre-medical focus while also becoming increasingly involved in fashion and apparel, which became his passion and creative outlet outside of health and medicine. Imran took a few classes in the Textiles and Apparel major and joined University Fashion Group, which exposed him to local Austin fashion designers and labels and encouraged him to open up his own fashion line one day.

Imran’s confidence steadily increased as he began to care less of what people thought and did what made him happy, demonstrated by walking in the 2017 UT Synthesis Fashion Show. He met many interesting and talented models and backstage producers at the show while also adding to his portfolio. He continued to develop as a person by increasing his passions outside of his career path.

Figure 24: UT is largely responsible for making Imran the individual he is today. Hook ’em!

Imran, during his time on the forty acres, demonstrated tangible increases in confidence, campus involvement, and involvement in social life, disproving the ideas that he was apprehensive about before attending UT Austin. He has grown into a better and more mature individual and continues to grow, striving to improve himself every day. Although he does not know what senior year and beyond will hold for him, he is excited and will move forward with his head held high.


Highsnobiety: A Trendy Cultural Trend Analyzer

Screen Shot 2017-03-11 at 12.59.00 AMHighsnobiety is a fashion and lifestyle publication striving to predict forthcoming fashion and art trends with an emphasis on innovation and progressive style. The online blog uses colorful pictures, engaging titles, and quality content to grab the audience’s attention and keep readers engaged and wanting to return to the site. Highsnobiety leverages its brand by having a strong social media presence, constantly posting on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and occasionally making an appearance on Snapchat. Additionally, Highsnobiety CEO and Publisher David Fischer keeps readers hooked by having a majority of his articles endorse celebrities and by having a popular culture focus, effectively appealing to his demographic of streetwear and counterculture enthusiasts.

Highsnobiety caters to its readers by offering a number of visual stimuli to complement the paragraphs of information it provides regarding art and lifestyle. Every article on the blog starts with a large high definition picture at the top followed by the title, continuing with text of information of the lifestyle trend.

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The Notorious B.I.G., in one of Highsnobiety’s many high definition pictures at the beginnings of articles.

Further high clarity pictures are scattered throughout the article to complement the text, including streetwear and sneakers, art pieces, and runway show reveals. The high quality pictures are met with intricate analyses of modern trends in art and culture; the content of the blog features trends and pieces that aren’t yet on the market to push the boundaries of contemporary fashion, thereby bolstering the platforms of innovation and progressive fashion that Highsnobiety is built on.

Highsnobiety gears its content towards late teens and individuals in their early twenties, a demographic that heavily uses social media, leading the brand to have a large presence on all major online media platforms. Highsnobiety posts an Instagram picture for every article it produces with the article’s URL as the caption to increase traffic to its blog. It follows the Instagram pictures with tweets of article links, Facebook updates, and Snapchat sessions with celebrity figures. This builds upon the blog’s success by incorporating the best advertising platforms to increase visits to the blog and helps make the brand’s name more well-known.

A majority of the articles featuring celebrities and other prominent names in popular culture are written by Highsnobiety CEO David Fischer, who focuses on men’s street fashion and celebrity news. Fischer’s article titles seem to boast many celebrity names, including Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, Justin Timberlake, and Drake. Examples of these titles include “Drake Received a $100K Gold and Diamond Chain From Ben Baller” and “Kim Kardashian is Giving Fans Free Adidas YEEZY 350 Boost Sneakers on Twitter”. Each title boasts a familiar name that is bound to draw attention coupled with a fashion trend update, a formula that Fischer seems to apply consistently out of the 50 or more articles written by him that I browsed. Fischer also employs social media in many of his articles, posting screenshots of tweets and Snapchats from the celebrities endorsing apparel and art. Employing these tactics helps Fischer to write articles that consistently draw attention and keep the young streetwear demographic hooked on his content.

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Highsnobiety, since its inception in 2015, has endeavored to produce quality art and lifestyle content for its readers while continually pushing the boundaries of fashion and style trends, tenets that the publication founded itself on. By applying colorful and engaging articles, a strong social media presence, and having a CEO that increases traffic by using pop culture names and trends in his titles, Highsnobiety has been able to strengthen its brand name and build upon its purpose: to deliver thorough analyses of current art, music, and fashion trends and predict forthcoming ones with precision and objectivity.

Introducing Nuclear Power


Nature Vol. 262: July 15, 1976   

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PHYSICIST AND AUTHOR WALTER PATTERSON’S book is written in two parts. The first is excellent; I have never read a better simple explanation of the theory and practice of nuclear reactors and their ancillary plants. I am, however, less enthusiastic about the second part of the book, dealing with the hazards of nuclear power. It seems to me that, in his anxiety to make a case which is real, Patterson may be guilty of lack of balance.

A few of his statements throw some doubt on his accounts of nuclear power shortcomings. He brings up the October 1957 Windscale Fire, the worst nuclear accident in Great Britain’s history, and alludes in a paragraph “the dramatic gesture of pouring away milk” by British citizens due to radioactive poisoning. I find this incident to be romanticized; I had left the UK Atomic Energy Authority at the time of the incident and knew nothing of any discussions that took place but it seems to me that companies would have to be foolish to sell milk and lay themselves open to the unfounded accusation of selling radioactive products. His italic paragraphs about the Enrico Fermi fast reactor and mention of the “China syndrome” are hardly a fair argument against the fast reactors which are being designed today and which use a ceramic and not a metallic fuel.

A schematic representation of the “China syndrome”, a hypothetical sequence of events following the meltdown of a nuclear reactor, in which the core melts through its containment structure and deep into the earth.
Adapted from Higgins News Network
The book does not emphasize the world’s real need for nuclear power. The rate of usage of nonrenewable natural resources does not increase ex­ponentially to a sharp peak and sud­denly fall away to nothing; it conforms to a wave-shaped curve so that at some point in time growth becomes steadily slower until a peak is reached. Thereafter, growth becomes negative (that is, the rate of usage diminishes). It is highly improbable that renewable energy resources (wave power, solar energy and wind power) can make up the deficit of the shift from fossil fuels alone; without the help of nuclear power, it is almost certain that standards of living will fall.

Nuclear power does give rise to some hazards but nothing in this world is absolutely safe. Nuclear power plants can be made as safe or safer than very many other industrial plants provided that engineers are not over-ambitious in extrapolating either the design para­meters or the size of the construction programs. With these reservations, I would sooner accept the hazards of nuclear power than the risk of an energy famine.

The first part of Walter Patterson’s book is an outstandingly good intro­duction to nuclear power for the in­telligent non-expert. As a reminder of their responsibilities, Part 2 should be compulsory reading for those men who have responsibilities in the nuclear power industry; but its lack of balance may give a wrong impression to the lay-reader.






Lord Hinton of Bankside is Deputy Chairman of the Electricity Supply Research Council and was formerly Managing Director (Industrial Group) of the UKAEA and Chairman of the UK Central Electricity Generating Board.


@1976 Nature Publishing Group

This article is a re-mediation of the original article published in Nature. The original can be found here: 262237b0