Archive for July, 2013

Robert Kennedy and the March on Washington

By • Jul 31st, 2013 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

After finishing up my research at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, I visited the Library’s museum on the last day. While the museum was mainly about President Kennedy, there were several exhibits that prominently featured Robert Kennedy while others featured the Kennedys’ role regarding Civil Rights.  At the museum, there was a replica of…
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Brainstorming a Grant Proposal

By • Jul 31st, 2013 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hello there, Recently our lab decided to brainstorm ideas for a possible grant proposal.  Dr. Wawersik thought it might be a good idea for us four summer lab members to get an idea of how the grant process works, how grants are structured, and how one goes about writing one.  Before we got to brainstorming […]



Tools of the Trade

By • Jul 31st, 2013 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hello there, In this blog post I am going to show you some of the different tools I use to perform the different procedures in my lab. First off, here is a picture of a fruit fly.  This one happens to be a virgin female. Next, here are some of my vials and bottles of fruit […]



Collecting Fruit Flys

By • Jul 31st, 2013 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hello again, Recently I have spent a lot of time on the confocal microscope taking pictures of embryonic gonads to determine the temporal and spatial expression pattern of the Tj-Gal4 driver and Upd-Gal4 driver.  The main project that I am working on this summer deals with characterizing various Gal4-UAS gene expression drivers.  It is important […]



Working with High Schoolers

By • Jul 31st, 2013 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hello there, During the first week of June a high school AP Biology class from Bruton High School came into the lab to finish an experiment that I developed.  One of my projects last year was to create a high school lab protocol using fruit flies that would hopefully get high school students more excited […]



Collecting Virgins

By • Jul 31st, 2013 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Due to popular demand from perplexed friends and acquaintances, I will attempt to clear up some of the mystery surrounding the aptly named process of virgin collection. Collecting virgin female flies is a crucial step in the process of setting up a mat…



On My First Visit to G.B. Road (Part 2)

By • Jul 31st, 2013 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

It’s a straight shot from the Green Park metro stop to New Delhi station.  Normally, I would have passed the time leaning against a pole or seated comfortably, thumbing through my notes from the previous day.  Successfully getting from point A to point B required only my ability to count the stops in between.  But… [Continue Reading]



Coral Puzzles and Spatial Statistics

By • Jul 31st, 2013 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

So far, I’ve only really written about the exciting things that I get to do because of the laid-back nature of my research. Let me explain more about what I actually do… I’m looking at the spatial patterns of coral and coral disease at different coral reef sites around ST. Croix USVI. All of the […]



Mathematically Modeling Zooplankton: July Update

By • Jul 31st, 2013 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

This past month, I have continued to work on my two differential equation model of phytoplankton and zooplankton. It is pretty simple model so far since I haven’t added any extra equations to represent different stage classes of the zooplankton. Simplicity means I am making assumptions about the population (ex: lumping all zooplankton together assumes…
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What is SlutWalk?

By • Jul 31st, 2013 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Content warning: this blog post contains discussion of sexual violence and victim blaming. Hello! I’ve been very productive this summer, happily buried in books and research. Unfortunately I got so carried away that I neglected to keep my readers abreast of what I’m even doing, and it’s almost August! This is the first of five… [Continue Reading]