Splash Biography

JORDIN WANG, UCLA junior political science major

Major: Political Science

College/Employer: UCLA

Year of Graduation: 2023

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Hi there! I'm Jordin Wang (they/them) and I'm a 3rd year UCLA undergrad with a major in political science. I worked with the Splash program in 2020 to present a seminar on constructed languages. This year, I’m presenting classes on poetry and cooking, two of my greatest passions. I also love performing stand up comedy, dancing Mexican folklorico, and playing the piano in my spare time. Here’s to a great Splash 2022!

Past Classes

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S228: The Science of Flavor in Splash Spring 2022 (Apr. 23, 2022)
Chocolate and orange? Apple and dill? This course will teach you how to combine unlikely flavors to create stunning and unique dishes. By examining the basis of taste in human physiology and organic chemistry, you will learn how different ingredients can share compounds that make them taste great together. By the end of this seminar, you will have the tools to move away from the cookbook and start on your own culinary journey.

H229: The Souls of Words: Translating Poetry in Splash Spring 2022 (Apr. 23, 2022)
How does language shape our world? In this course, you will join your fellow students to translate a poem from Spanish to English. Through this process, you will dissect the history of words, the assumptions we carry with them, and the problems of communicating between cultures.

H167: How to Make a Language: An Introduction to Linguistics in Splash Winter 2020 (Feb. 01, 2020)
This 2-hour seminar presents fundamental linguistic concepts through a classroom-wide effort to create a constructed language (conlang). We will be covering 3 broad topics: sounds (phonetics, phonology), words (root morphology, derivation, semantics), and grammar (morphosyntax, pragmatics). Students will volunteer ideas for each element of the language, with final decisions made by a class vote. Through this process we will develop a sound system, grammar rules, and basic vocabulary. We will also address a short history of conlangs, as well as major subtypes and famous examples, such as Esperanto, Klingon, and Dothraki. By the end of the seminar, students will be able to write a short text in their conlang.