Archive for July, 2011

Dressmaking – Skirts – Part 1

By • Jul 31st, 2011 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

The underskirt just needs to be hemmed, which shall be done tomorrow. It would have been done today, if my hem helper/corset lacer/photographer had not been out of town. I don’t know what to think about this skirt. I’m not happy with it; an…



A July Roller Coaster

By • Jul 31st, 2011 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hello, again! This month has really been like a roller coaster for me with my research. When I last updated this blog in June, I was on a research high. I was getting fantastic results that were reproducible. My nanoparticles were responding to mercury. Then July happened. For more than a week I struggled to…
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Em, Ima, Imi: the long-awaited (certainly long, maybe not awaited) beginning

By • Jul 31st, 2011 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

At the close of my first week of research (memorably characterized by blazing heat, no wireless internet, and fire alarms in the library of a Massachusetts-University-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named) I am finally ready to beginning communicating and synthesizin…



Post #2: Resveratrol and Alzheimer’s

By • Jul 31st, 2011 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

This past week, I have read through a large number of studies involving resveratrol and its effects on the brain, skimming some articles while thoroughly examining others. I will use these studies as sources in my soon-to-be written review paper where …



Working Protocol

By • Jul 31st, 2011 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

My monroe project is part of my larger research project in Dr. Saha’s research lab of neural development where I am looking at how mercury affects gene expression in developing zebra finch embryos.  This summer, I’ve been focusing on procu…



The Highland War

By • Jul 31st, 2011 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Well, even with summer jobs, I’ve gotten quite a bit of research completed since my last update… After I dug a little deeper into my potential topics, I realized that Blathwayt was definitely not the way to go. Though he held the various political positions I  described in the previous post, he served in these…
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Greg Dowd Blog Post #3

By • Jul 31st, 2011 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

As with my most recent post, I will keep my final post brief.  Not much that concerns my project changed since that last post, so I will update on the little that has.  My most recent work took place principally in airports and hotel rooms as I trave…



Memory in Austen P2

By • Jul 31st, 2011 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Mansfield Park demonstrates the same Romantic elevation of memory as Persuasion. Mansfield Park is the story of Fanny Price, unique among Austen heroines for her timid and subdued nature. Like Anne, she is neglected by her relatives, but unlike Anne sh…



Throwing Dirt in a Hole

By • Jul 31st, 2011 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

This week I closed up excavations at the slave quarter at Fairfield.  Try as I might, I only got about halfway down through the fill in the cellar/clay borrow pit and I still don’t know exactly what the wall of the feature looks like (if it goes…



More Ceramics, Not Enough Clay

By • Jul 30th, 2011 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

So next week is the last week of summer research!  I surprise myself with how sad I am about it.  There’s still so much to do!  But I’ve been working hard, nonetheless.  For one thing, I met with a geologist about collecting clays for my study.  This involved digging down into various parts of the…
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