Navaneeth Dontuboyina

Navaneeth Dontuboyina (’24) is a Staff Writer for The Lancer.

The Willow project: oil drilling plan in Alaska’s North Scope

by Navaneeth Dontuboyina (’24) | March 31, 2023 Just a few weeks ago on March 13, 2023, millions of Americans erupted in dismay when the Biden administration approved the Willow project, an oil drilling plan across Alaska’s North Slope. What was once the federal National Petroleum Reserve will be transferred to private conglomerate hands. Alaskans…

The dangerous rise of ChatGPT

by Navaneeth Dontuboyina (’24) | February 3, 2023 In 2015, influential tech figures such as Elon Musk, Peter Thiel, and Samuel Altman created OpenAI—a non-profit, research-oriented company that gathers and tests data to create responsible artificial intelligence. The organization promised that there would be a collaborative, transparent effort to work with other companies, institutions, and…

The rise of malaria in Ethiopia

by Navaneeth Dontuboyina (’24) | November 18, 2022 Malaria is an illness caused by parasites and most commonly passed by female Anopheles mosquitoes. The most common mosquito species in Africa within the Anopheles family is A. gambiae, which spreads the P. falciparum variant of the parasite across sub-Saharan nations, where there is the highest concentration…

Eradicated poliovirus returns in New York

by Navaneeth Dontuboyina (’24) | October 7, 2022 The poliovirus was once a prominent risk to children in highly populated, urban areas with poor sanitation. It was usually associated with flu-like symptoms such as high fevers, sore throats, and tight muscles, but for some people, it caused life-threatening paralysis.  Fortunately, in 1953, physician John Salk…

Lancer Robotics Team triumphs despite trials and tribulations

by Navaneeth Dontuboyina (’24) | April 8, 2022 The FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) members of the Robotics Team competed in the annual Sacramento Regional at UC Davis from March 23 to 26. However, the journey, struggles, and experiences leading up to this event are far more representative of Team 2367 than the competition itself. As…

Patent-free antiviral therapy advances the fight against COVID-19

by Navaneeth Dontuboyina (’24)|November 19, 2021 Despite the overall success of the COVID-19 vaccine, a major setback to combatting the pandemic is vaccine development and production by private entities lacking transparency. The consequences of this exclusivity include exorbitant vaccine prices and difficulties in reproducing vaccines in other countries. The simple yet novel solution is to…

Of machines and morality: the ethical dilemma of AI

by Navaneeth Dontuboyina (’24) | November 16, 2020 We have always thought of machines as objects that exist solely to benefit us—and perhaps rightfully so. We build them, so we can use them in any way we please. If they are inefficient or obsolete, we discard them. Yet, as we move into the age of…

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