Archive for June, 2009

A precarious position…

By • Jun 27th, 2009 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

 …the thinking side of things.  Most of my posts to this point have been about what I am doing as far as what is physically needed for this project. Henceforth, I’m going to try to shed some light on the mental processes as well. I used “precarious position” to describe the place I find myself […]

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Unique Properties

By • Jun 25th, 2009 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

I have decided to start on this second road.  Harbron synthesized the two R6G derivatives I have already used and experimented with, R6G-Hydrazone and R6G-Octyl, both of which are spyroamides.   The blue triangles represent where my data points are when I did an acid trial of R6G-Hydrazone, and the red circles are the data points […]

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A Prequel to the First Post

By • Jun 24th, 2009 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Soon after writing my first post, I realized that unless you actually knew where I was and what I was doing (and there’s no reason why you should), then it probably doesn’t make very much sense. So to alleviate some … Continue reading



Fine-Tuning the Reducing Process

By • Jun 24th, 2009 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

A key step in the polymer metalization process we are studying is the reduction step, where the doped polymer is changed into the final metalized form.  Here, reducing agents are changing Ag+ ions, which are colorless and integrated into the material, into neutral Ag particles, which is just like the silver you find in jewelry.  […]



A structure for rational morality: Part 1, Going Up

By • Jun 23rd, 2009 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

I’d like to talk a bit about a pattern I see in morality, more specifically, a structure. Let’s take a highly specific moral claim as our example: “Smith ought not steal the bike from Jones.” Assuming we’re against stealing, this seems to be a true moral claim. However, it would seem odd to say that […]



And…End Scene!

By • Jun 22nd, 2009 • Category: anthropology, Charles Center, Honors Thesis, Research

So, here it is.  June.  Theses are submitted, defenses are over, grades are in.  Tom Brokaw sent us on our way with global metaphors and warning about the economy (all right, so maybe that wasn’t so great…).  Senior year is well over, and we’re all on to bigger things.  For me, that means grad school […]

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Jela Jeyong! (See you later!)

By • Jun 22nd, 2009 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

After an amazing trip to Ladakh, my time abroad has finally come to an end. After nearly five months in Asia, spending countless hours with Tibetans studying their culture, language, and, of course, migration out of their settlement camps, it … Continue reading



Visit to the Academy for Life and Learning

By • Jun 22nd, 2009 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Last week I accompanied Professor Charity Hudley to the Academy for Life and Learning, which is the alternative school for seventh and eighth graders in Williamsburg-James City County. The goal of the visit (and future visits!) was to introduce the students and teachers to basic information on language variation from a linguistic point of view. Using […]

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Post 2: Water Sampling

By • Jun 22nd, 2009 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hello All,  Again, sorry for the delay in updating my blog, but research has kept me very busy. Anyway, as the designated “water girl,” the first week of research was spent collecting water samples and processing them by different methods … Continue reading



Post 2: Water Sampling

By • Jun 22nd, 2009 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research, Uncategorized

Hello All,
 Again, sorry for the delay in updating my blog, but research has kept me very busy. Anyway, as the designated “water girl,” the first week of research was spent collecting water samples and processing them by different methods of filtration. The overarching goal of the filtration process is to concentrate viruses from eight liters […]