Archive for June, 2012

Great Beginnings

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

Hello all! My project is off to a wonderful start this summer. Once finals ended, I put the finishing touches on my project, which included test piloting some of the pictures and posters, as well as figuring out how to code a computer program. I also got to do a lot of cutting and gluing…
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Moving Forward

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

We have made a lot of progress in the last few weeks.  I have successfully synthesized more of the dianhydride, and we have been refining a synthesis of the diamine so that we can make it in larger quantities, and not start a fire.  I have started work on some other dianhydrides, and if all…
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Update from Germany!

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

Alright, so it’s been a long time since I posted, and I apologize for that. I’ve been so busy in Germany, especially since my project has now morphed into two projects. As you may or may not recall, my project is looking at differences in h…



Getting Down to the Nitty-Gritty

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

Research-wise, the past few weeks have been focused on wrapping up data collection, so we’ve brought in our last few participants. After our last family this weekend, we will be done with a respectable total in the mid 100s. It’s truly the end of an era, but now this means we get to focus on…
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Beginners

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

This project has taken me in so many directions that I did not expect it to go. To recap (it’s been a while since I posted, and for the record this is the beginning of week five,) I’m attempting to write a novella. It has been much more challenging…



Off Balance Sheet Data Collection

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

Hello again, It has been a few weeks since my introductory post telling you all about my summer research project, and now I feel that I have hit a big enough milestone to fill you in on my progress so far. After arriving in Williamsburg almost a month …



International Shrimp Adventure!

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

So for the past month I have mainly been working with the existing collection of Synalpheus specimens here at VIMS and compiling data for my project. Now to put this in perspective, this collection is over 25 years old with specimens dating back to 1988 (which mind you is before I was even an idea…
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Determining Dynamics

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

What have I been up to since my last post? Well…a lot more math.  We finished calculating the sensitivities of the model with respect to each parameter: development, mortality, and birth.  These terms are dependent on temperature so then we cal…



E Prime: When Learning Isn’t Fun

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

I’m a TWAMP- knowledge is totally my thing. But everyone’s come across a concept where they ask themselves, “Why hasn’t anyone found an easier way to do this?” For me it typically happens in math, but this time it happened when working on a p…



Fandom, Mythology, and the Proliferation of the Sequel

By • Jun 28th, 2012 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Since I still haven’t decided exactly what form to use or content to include in my final project, I’ve been taking lots of notes, listing connections and topics for further research, and writing a number of short paragraphs on major ideas and conne…