Archive for June, 2013

Working through the speed bumps

By • Jun 30th, 2013 • Category: China, Honors Thesis, Research

At the beginning of this endeavor, I had planned to travel to Angola to study the effects that the DeBeers embargo of UNITA diamonds had on the country’s civil war. Unfortunately, I was over ambitious and I underestimated the difficulties that I would face. I was met with more resistance than expected when I attempted…
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Slow and Steady Wins the Race

By • Jun 30th, 2013 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

These last five weeks seem like they have flown by. My research experience in professor Dickter’s lab has been very enlightening and very productive. I am almost done organizing the data that has been collected for our study on race and media. It is hard to believe that there are only 2 more weeks left […]



Week 5: Halfway Point

By • Jun 30th, 2013 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

This last week was a very fruitful week of research and I am excited for the second half of research to begin. As I push forward in research, I am hopeful the second five weeks will bring many fascinating results and also continue give me fascinating n…



And the data collection begins….

By • Jun 30th, 2013 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

And so the research begins— with the excitement of starting a new adventure. Folders smartly set up to guide my organization. A neatly compiled list of books and articles to read. Needed software freshly downloaded onto my computer, scarcely touched only by re-acclimating myself to it (and overjoyed with the thought of running analyses on…
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Weeks 3 and 4: When Memory Affects the Youth

By • Jun 30th, 2013 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

After seeing 60-80-year-olds day in and day out it is somewhat jarring to see someone not much older than yourself come into your office with experiences that put all of your life’s troubles to shame. One quintessential quality of a successful psychologist is the ability to distance oneself from one’s patients and not let their problems affect… [Continue Reading]



Rumour Has It

By • Jun 30th, 2013 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Many theories, arguments, and even rumors surround the rise of a new kind of poverty governance.  According to Loic Wacquant, the rise of neoliberal paternalism over the past decades was an evolution of racial control.  Slavery, Jim Crow laws, and the ghetto — all were stages of racial regulation meant to keep African Americans in… [Continue Reading]



An Introduction to Mate Selection – Summary of Background Research

By • Jun 29th, 2013 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

After two weeks of research, I have completed the first phase of my project to create a model of human mate choice. My goal for these weeks was to learn about the factors that contribute to mate selection. I reviewed a number of psychological articles …



The Presence of History

By • Jun 29th, 2013 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

In the last month, I have made a lot of progress in my research. I started June by reading John Lewis’ Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement. This gave me a different perspective on the Civil Rights Movement than the books I had been reading in May that were focused on specifically…
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Samples, Surveys, and Smiling Kids!

By • Jun 29th, 2013 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

After lots of hard work and measuring out over a hundred samples of RUTF for kids at clinic, week one of the PUFA acceptability trial is complete! The week began with a Part II site, where I enlisted the help of two HSAs (community health workers in th…



Wheels @ W&M – Weeks 1&2

By • Jun 28th, 2013 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

So, I’m finishing up the second of my seven weeks of summer research. I’ve learned a lot so far, about the research process and accessibility at the College! For one thing, I may have bitten off a bit more than I can chew with the original scope of this project.  I had originally planned to look at… [Continue Reading]