Splash Biography

NATHANIEL SEMANEK, Freshman at JHU studying Molecular & Cellular Bio

Major: Biology

College/Employer: Johns Hopkins

Year of Graduation: 2022

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

My name is Nathaniel Semanek, a current senior at Johns Hopkins University. I grew up in Bedford, a small town in Southern Pennsylvania. I am currently studying Biology on a pre-dental track, with the ultimate goal of becoming an oral surgeon. In my free time, I love to ski, exercise, play piano, and watch sports.

Past Classes

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H337: The History of the NFL in Splash Spring 2021 (Apr. 17, 2021)
This class is for any avid football fan or player that is curious about how the game has been formed over the last 100 years. Are you intrested in learning about the history of the Lombardi Trophy, the Super Bowl, and the draft? Did you know that we have two different U.S. presidents to thank for football being televised? That we can actually blame the New England Patriots dynasty on General Custer? Or that the football caught by Franco Harris during the "Immaculate Reception" is located in a vault in a Western Pennsylvania bank? All of this and more will be discussed!

S288: The Science of Marathon Running in Splash Spring 2020 (Apr. 18, 2020)
The marathon is the universally accepted yardstick of willpower, as athletes push their bodies to deal with dehydration, cramps, and fatigue. In this course, we will examine the biology, chemistry, and physics of running the 26.2 miles. How do chemicals play a role in carb-loading? What does your body really need to succeed on race day? How does your stride length and shoe type contribute to your overall pace? This class will answer these questions, in addition to an explosive demonstration of the true power of carbohydrates.