Archive for August, 2010

Post 5: Final Thoughts about the Summer

By • Aug 24th, 2010 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hello again! Well, the summer is officially over. I’ve put in 10 long weeks of work and I’ve accomplished quite a bit. While this series of blogs has been focused on my honors thesis project, I’ve also been working on … Continue reading

Post 4: Mini Prep Mayhem

By • Aug 24th, 2010 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hi All, To recap – I began the summer by extracting bacterial DNA from 0.22 micron filters that held bacteria from Lake Matoaka. I then amplified the 16s rRNA gene by PCR. These amplicons were ligated into plasmid vectors, transformed … Continue reading

Post 3: Transformation Nightmare!!

By • Aug 24th, 2010 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hi All, You’re probably dying to know the results of the transformation reactions that I set up last post! Sorry it’s taken me so long to get back to you all! As you can probably tell from the title, they … Continue reading


By • Aug 12th, 2010 • Category: China, Honors Thesis, Research

It’s been three days since I arrived in Beijing, and it feels nice to be back in the city that I called home last summer and fall. Recently my research has been frustrating, however, which was somewhat expected since things do not always go as according to plan in China. Rail transit is very prominent […]

Emily Brontë and the TAT, Entry Two

By • Aug 11th, 2010 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

This is long overdue, but there is a lot of progress to be noted. There never was any sort of response from my adviser, but life goes on. I simply have continued with the information available. The biggest piece of progress is a spreadsheet I have made that looks very complicated with all the numbers […]

Buying into the Brand

By • Aug 3rd, 2010 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research, Thesis

“The concept of a brand is that some of a company’s value comes not from the usefulness of its products but from all the other qualities that buyers associate with it. Nike is youth, vitality, and sexy energy. By purchasing the brand, customers participate in those qualities. Nokia is elegant and so up-to-the-minute as to […]

Cacao and Flour; Scarcity and Abundance

By • Aug 3rd, 2010 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

My name is Ed Pompeian and I’ve been living in Sevilla, Spain, and researching at the Archivo General de Indias since the beginning of July. I’ve been here now for a little over four weeks and want to give an update before I leave for Madrid next week. The Archive of the Indies holds the […]