Archive for October, 2013

Back on Track

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

Doing an honors thesis is an exercise in self-discipline.  It requires balancing classes, clubs, leadership positions, friends, sleep, and (worst of all) applications with measured progress on one’s thesis – and I am no juggler. I admit that I got off to a rough start with my thesis this semester.  I had thoughts and questions…
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Interview with John Lewis on RFK

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

October has been an eventful month with regards to my Honors project. In late September, I sent out a request for an interview with Congressman John Lewis. Lewis was one of the Big 6 civil rights leaders, a speaker at the March on Washington, and one who worked on Robert Kennedy’s campaign in 1968. Lewis…
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From Classroom to Classification

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

As a Religious Studies major, many of my classes this semester are providing great points for further connections between Judaism and Catholicism throughout history.  One of my favorite classes, Midrash, focuses on a unique genre of literature best understood as Rabbinical Biblical Commentary. These readings provoke questions about word placement, usage, and meaning which invokes…
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Poster Presentation

By • Oct 27th, 2013 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

On a warm October morning, I awoke early to attend the Charles Center’s annual Summer Research Showcase. I circled Blow 201 with my poster searching for my name tag. This showcase allows Charles Center Research participants to present those projects, which they have been working on during the summer. This opportunity also provides a forum…
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Mathematical Analysis of ALS Biochemistry: Research Paper Update

By • Oct 26th, 2013 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hello again! I have to confess that research for this project has slowed down quite a bit recently as I have been out of town a lot. This week I went back to work on my research paper. I am still in the research stage, so I am gathering more information that is relevant to…
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Mid-Semester Milestones & Meditations

By • Oct 24th, 2013 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

It is hard to believe that midterms have come and gone and that Homecoming Weekend is almost history already—the semester truly is flying by. However, it all seems a little more real when I think about all that we have accomplished in the Social and Emotional Development lab this semester. When I began working on […]



Arranging the Harvest: The Struggle to Bring It All Together

By • Oct 22nd, 2013 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hello friends, It’s been a while since I’ve written one of these, and that being the case I think we’re long overdue for one.  I believe when I wrote last I was recapping my Groot-Navorsing-Trek up the highways and by-ways of the Northeast in search of archival records.  That trip was–I admit without shame–a blast,…
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Delving into the Institutionalization of Repression in the Post-Civil War Period in Spain

By • Oct 17th, 2013 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Ah October! Fall break has already come and gone, and once again the speed with which the fall semester passes continues amaze me. Seeing as I missed my September posting, I thought I should backtrack slightly to recount some of the research work that has occupied my thoughts and spare time over the past several…
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Problem with ISH and resolution

By • Oct 12th, 2013 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hello there, The past few weeks I have been solely working on getting my slide in situ hybridization to work. This involved working through a number of problems that required me to re-do the in situ a few times. The in situ process takes about five days to complete in full with all of the…
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Late Night Card Games and Clawing My Way Toward a First Draft

By • Oct 9th, 2013 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Week seven of the semester, and week six of my writing: so far I’ve got seventy pages, about sixty bibliographic entries, and a pack of Takarazuka-themed playing cards that someone kindly slipped into my last book order from Japan, which made for an incredibly distracting game of solitaire. (Draw card, encounter tall Japanese woman dressed…
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