Archive for November, 2013

Why Friends are Important: A Study of Emotion Socialization

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

Friends are important. From making us laugh when we’re frustrated to spending countless hours watching the latest game or sitcom with us, they are sources of companionship and support. Furthermore friends, from our earliest friends in preschool to our college roommates, influence our social and emotional development. Friends give us feedback on how we look, […]



Archival Research in the Bahamas, Part 1

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

As I rolled down the highway in a taxi cab, staring out at the pristine aqua blue water which surrounded me, and marveling at the fact that it was 82 degrees in mid-November, I thought to myself, “Hey, this isn’t so bad.” I was fortunate enough to have received a Charles Center Research Grant for […]



Interview with Senator Harris Wofford on RFK

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

Last week (November 20) was the birthday of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. He would have been 88 years old. Also last week (November 22) was fifty years since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Last week, I had the opportunity to sit down with a man who knew them both. Harris Wofford was a…
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Interpretation Trepidation

By • Nov 19th, 2013 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

As my chapters begin to take shape, I find myself facing a dilemma. Now that I have the facts, how should I present them? In historical writing, authors need to fit themselves within a long-standing historiography. By taking a certain position, the author is given both authority through precedent and freedom to argue against views that…
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Honors Project, October Update!

By • Nov 16th, 2013 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Welcome back, kind reader! In my last post, I mentioned several ways that we can continue testing why E‘ is looking strange. I have been working on placing cuts on the data to determine which parameters might be affecting E’. The three cuts that I have placed on the data are: split the data into…
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Honors Project, September Update!

By • Nov 16th, 2013 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hello, once again! I realize that I have been neglecting this blog, but we have been making progress during my silence. To test the idea that the energy loss was not being implemented in the simulation, I ran several simulations, inactivating different processes in the simulation parameters. The processes that I turned off were: Cerenkov…
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“The Problem of Equality: Powerplay Dilemmas in the U.S.-Japan Alliance”

By • Nov 15th, 2013 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Below is a summary of my thinking on my thesis I prepared for a practice presentation yesterday: The Problem of Equality: Powerplay Dilemmas in the U.S.-Japan Alliance Over the past five years, the United States has begun to shift its attention to China’s rise. In the military realm, the principal concern is how to shape…
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Mathematical Analysis of ALS Biochemistry: November Update

By • Nov 14th, 2013 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hi everyone!   Research is continuing. Recent pathways I’ve focused on involve mSOD1, which I’ve been looking into for a class paper. They include:   – mSOD1 binding VDAC1 (voltage gated channel in mitochondria, regulates ADP transport and contributes to ATP synthesis) -Bax activation via mSOD1 expression: causes cytochrome C release and apoptosome formation -ERAD…
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Mathematically Modeling Zooplankton: October Update

By • Nov 10th, 2013 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Sorry for the late update! I’ve been extremely busy working on my thesis, and condensing parts of it into potential publications. In mid-October, I attended the sixth annual International Symposium on Biomathematics and Ecology Education and research.  I gave a talk on the work I’ve been doing for my thesis, and I also submitted a…
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