Archive for August, 2009

Collection Days

By • Aug 31st, 2009 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

On August 24th and 25th, (7 weeks after the first set of clams were deployed and 5 weeks after the second set were deployed) we went out to remove the plots from the study sites in Lynnhaven and to collect samples to determine the results of the study. Suction sampling was used to collect the […]



Dovidenja Zagreb i Zdravo Sarajevo

By • Aug 31st, 2009 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

(Goodbye Zagreb and Hello Sarajevo) Saturday July 25, 2009 This Saturday will be my last day in Zagreb, Croatia.  I have spent the last 4 weeks here taking an intensive Croatian language course in addition to preparing for my following weeks of interviews in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It has been an absolutely amazing experience here […]

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Sorry for the Delay: Lots of Posts To Be Added in the Upcoming Days

By • Aug 31st, 2009 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

I just wanted to write a quick note apologizing for my lack of blog posts during my time in the Balkans.  With limited time on the Internet, I used it mostly for basic communication and research purposes.  Nonetheless, I wrote a lot of posts in Microsoft Word (old-school style) while abroad — I plan to […]

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Problem Solved and Predator Surveys

By • Aug 30th, 2009 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research, Uncategorized

After the disappointment of the cages being moved at the Linkhorn location, new plots were deployed at the other two locations (Pleasure House Creek and Broadbay) to replace the ones lost. This brought the study to a total of 36 cages at two locations (18 at each), instead of 36 cages at three locations (12 […]



Back in Williamsburg

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

Even though I’m back in town, I feel like this project has only begun. After our vacation around Luzon a bit, I came back to the States and visited my family for a while, then moved back to Williamsburg. Now I have to start preparing for a Charles Center research fair in September! Almost all of […]

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Fuel Cells

By • Aug 19th, 2009 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

As I mentioned previously, our look at palladium-metalized films has applications to fuel cells.  I’d like to give a brief overview of what exactly that means.  A fuel cell produces electricity.  But unlike a battery, it requires a constant supply of new reactants to do so.  It operates using two separate chemical reactions, one called […]

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TEM Update

By • Aug 16th, 2009 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

A quick update on the TEM.  I watched as Dr. Wei Cao operated the TEM and took some very nice pictures including the one below.  It is a cross section, so the darkest area is the silvered surface of the film.  To the right is the interior of the polymer and to the left is […]

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Back from Kazan

By • Aug 9th, 2009 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

I recently returned from my summer trip to Kazan. Over the next few days I’ll be trying to collect my impressions of my trip to the city. It was a great opportunity for me to experience another culture beside Russian up close. I really do believe that living in Kazan will provide new insights for […]

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Update

By • Aug 8th, 2009 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

With the summer winding down, I’ve had a lot of stuff to take care of, and consquently, a bit less has gotten done as far as research goes. I HAVE been reading some more anthropological theory-type books and articles, which I thin kwill be enormously helpful in the way I think about my data. I’ve […]

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Updates…

By • Aug 6th, 2009 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

The visit to Jefferson Lab last Friday was a success.  Josh, a master’s student in the lab, and I drove down to the Newport News Facility and met Brandt, a technician there.  He helped us mount our samples and operated the SEM.  Josh ran his samples in the morning, and used the oportunity to learn […]

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