Archive for May, 2012

Beauty and the Beast: The Beginning

By • May 31st, 2012 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

The first two weeks of my research have certainly been interesting. Things got off to a rocky start with computer and travel issues postponing things. But, only three days off, I was on it! Already knowing the basics of my reading list, I set about dis…



Inauspicious Beginnings

By • May 31st, 2012 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

So, my story begins a few years ago in a lab at NIH. I was working with some cancer cells at the time, fluorescently labeling their mitochondria and taking pictures of them so I could analyze them. Once the pictures were taken, I was faced with dozen…



Arduino and DMX512: Progress, but Not How I Expected.

By • May 31st, 2012 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

This project has reaffirmed for me the fact that I am a complete control freak. But this time, it’s out of necessity. Basically, I’ve resigned myself to doing this project mostly with assembler code. For those who are unfamiliar with assemb…



Week 1 and 2

By • May 31st, 2012 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

I arrived in Boise just over a week ago. My plan is to spend a little over five weeks in Idaho finding data and working with the people who run the foothills. Then when I get back home I’ll spend my remaining week and a half sorting through the d…



Beginnings

By • May 30th, 2012 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

My project timeline technically doesn’t kick off until Monday, but I’ve already been stalking through JSTOR in the wee hours of the morning and tracking down anything and everything that could be remotely helpful.  Historical fiction (even…



Minnesota Congressional Campaigns-Background and Preparation

By • May 30th, 2012 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

As the summer is now underway, so is my Monroe Project.  I began with some background preparation in April by reaching out to campaign managers to arrange interviews and obtain a schedule of campaign events.  I received little response from campaign …



Beginning my Swem

By • May 29th, 2012 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Before coming to Williamsburg to complete my research, I did research online because I did not have access to Swem’s Special Collections. The list of databases that Swem lists  online was particularly useful. The newspaper archives contained a l…



Beginning my Swem

By • May 29th, 2012 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Before coming to Williamsburg to complete my research, I did research online because I did not have access to Swem’s Special Collections. The list of databases that Swem lists  online was particularly useful. The newspaper archives contained a l…



Preparing to be Unprepared

By • May 29th, 2012 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Obviously, preparation is vital to any research project. It’s so obvious that any attempt to do research without the proper preparation is viewed as just plain foolish. Common sense, as well as advisers and other researchers, will tell a new re…



Getting Past The Block

By • May 27th, 2012 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

So it’s been two weeks. Some days I wrote several hundred words, and some I hemmed and hawed and wrote nothing. My goal for these seven weeks (projected to become nine) was to write a novella-length piece of fiction. That’s somewhere betwee…