NEPTUN Biography



SALVATORE LARUSSA, Biochem major, photographer, writer, nerd.




Major: Biochemistry

College/Employer: NEU

Year of Graduation: 2019

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Past Classes

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How (not) to Die in a Chemistry Lab in Splash Spring 2018
Ah, yes, chemistry labs. The only place in the world where people hand you-- no, make you handle-- substances that you otherwise aren't supposed to touch with a ten-foot-long pole. Of course, high school chemistry labs are only mildly very dangerous, so for this class we're going to kick things up a notch, and give a brief, sometimes ridiculous introduction to some chemicals that ought to be kept in a fume hood behind several locked doors, and some other that you may come across if you study chemistry in the future-- even though they too probably ought to be locked up as well.


Why Your Photos don't Look as Good as Their Photos in Splash Spring 2018
Ever go on Instagram and wonder why some other peoples' pictures look so much better than yours? They might have a better camera than you, but then there's those people who seem like they could get a photo into the MFA with an old iPhone. What gives? Of course, there's more to taking pictures than just finding something pretty and tapping the shutter button. In this class, I'll discuss some basic elements of composition and then show you some free editing software available on the internet and how to use it (and yes, it's perfectly legal).


Harmful or Fatal if Swallowed: Why Poison Kills in Splash Waterfall 2017
Ever wonder why you shouldn't eat cyanide, or should avoid breathing in large amounts of carbon monoxide? This class explores the reasons that all sorts of "nasty chemicals" really are nasty, and what this says about biology. Chemicals that will be discussed are cyanide, carbon monoxide, several kinds of neurotoxin and whatever else you're interested in (so long as we know something about it).


Why Your Photos don't Look as Good as Their Photos in Splash Waterfall 2017
Ever go on Instagram and wonder why some other peoples' pictures look so much better than yours? They might have a better camera than you, but then there's those people who seem like they could get a photo into the MFA with an old iPhone. What gives? Of course, there's more to taking pictures than just finding something pretty and tapping the shutter button. In this class, I'll discuss some basic elements of composition and then show you some free editing software available on the internet and how to use it (and yes, it's perfectly legal).


Fermi Calculations: Using Estimation to Solve Ridiculous Problems in Spring Splash 2017
On the 25th of August, 1957 a nuclear test was held in the deserts of Nevada. Although this was an underground test, there was an exhaust vent for the explosion to follow. On top of this hatch was a 900kg manhole cover. After the test took place, scientists were quick to discover that the manhole cover was gone. Upon reviewing footage, they were able to calculate that the cover had been blasted into space at a speed of 60km/s by the force of the explosion. Although this situation is interesting, wouldn’t it be fun to calculate what would happen if another object were in place of the manhole cover? Say, perhaps, an indestructible potato. In this class we will delve into Fermi Problems, discover how they can be useful in real engineering scenarios, and perhaps touch on Einstein and relativity on the way.


Harmful or Fatal if Swallowed: Why Poison Kills in Spring Splash 2017
Ever wonder why you shouldn't eat cyanide, or should avoid breathing in large amounts of carbon monoxide? This class explores the reasons that all sorts of "nasty chemicals" really are nasty, and what this says about biology. Chemicals that will be discussed are cyanide, carbon monoxide, several kinds of neurotoxin and whatever else you're interested in (so long as I know something about it).


Why Your Photos don't Look as Good as Their Photos in Spring Splash 2017
Ever go on Instagram and wonder why some other peoples' pictures look so much better than yours? They might have a better camera than you, but then there's those people who seem like they could get a photo into the MFA with an old iPhone. What gives? Of course, there's more to taking pictures than just finding something pretty and tapping the shutter button. In this class, I'll discuss some basic elements of composition and then show you some free editing software available on the internet and how to use it (and yes, it's perfectly legal).


Harmful or Fatal if Swallowed: Why Poison Kills in Splash Waterfall 2016
Ever wonder why you shouldn't eat cyanide, or should avoid breathing in large amounts of carbon monoxide? This class explores the reasons that all sorts of "nasty chemicals" really are nasty, and what this says about biology. Chemicals that will be discussed are cyanide, carbon monoxide, several kinds of neurotoxin and whatever else you're interested in (so long as we know something about it).


Why Your Photos don't Look as Good as Their Photos in Splash Waterfall 2016
Ever go on Instagram and wonder why some other peoples' pictures look so much better than yours? They might have a better camera than you, but then there's those people who seem like they could get into a the MFA with an old iPhone. What gives? Turns out there's more to taking pictures than just finding something pretty and tapping the shutter button. In this class, I'll discuss some basic elements of composition and then show you some free editing software available on the internet and how to use it (and yes, it's perfectly legal).


Harmful or Fatal if Swallowed: Why Poison Kills in Splash Spring 2016
Ever wonder why you shouldn't eat cyanide, or should avoid breathing in large amounts of carbon monoxide? This class explores the reasons that all sorts of "nasty chemicals" really are nasty, and what this says about biology. Chemicals that will be discussed are cyanide, carbon monoxide, several kinds of neurotoxin and whatever else you're interested in (so long as I know something about it).


Why Your Photos don't Look as Good as Their Photos in Splash Spring 2016
Ever go on Instagram and wonder why some other peoples' pictures look so much better than yours? They might have a better camera than you, but then there's those people who seem like they could get into a the MFA with an old iPhone. What gives? Turns out there's more to taking pictures than just finding something pretty and tapping the shutter button. In this class, I'll discuss some basic elements of composition and then show you some free editing software available on the internet and how to use it (and yes, it's perfectly legal).


Harmful or Fatal if Swallowed: Why Poison Kills in Splash Waterfall 2015
Ever wonder why you shouldn't eat cyanide, or should avoid breathing in large amounts of carbon monoxide? This class explores the reasons that all sorts of "nasty chemicals" really are nasty, and what this says about biology. Chemicals that will be discussed are cyanide, carbon monoxide, several kinds of neurotoxin and whatever else you're interested in (so long as I know something about it).


Why Your Photos don't Look as Good as Their Photos in Splash Waterfall 2015
Ever go on Instagram and wonder why some other peoples' pictures look so much better than yours? They might have a better camera than you, but then there's those people who seem like they could get into a the MFA with an old iPhone. What gives? Turns out there's more to taking pictures than just finding something pretty and tapping the shutter button. In this class, I'll discuss some basic elements of composition and then show you some free editing software available on the internet and how to use it (and yes, it's perfectly legal).