Archive for December, 2013

Writing Away

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

I have been back at my honors thesis work station here in Baltimore for almost three weeks now. Getting to focus on writing instead of other classes/ school commitments has been great. I have written a significant portion of a rough draft. The draft process is slow because I must constantly refer back to sources…
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Historical Film: A Multi-Disciplinary Exercise

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

A historian’s job often entails not only separating fact from fiction, but revealing facts through the historian’s own personal lens as well. No historical primary source is without its bias and this must always be taken into account when writing a historical piece. Nevertheless, film resources face an even greater amount of bias. My thesis…
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Wrapping up the Semester

By • Dec 6th, 2013 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Wow! It has been a long time since I posted here and I feel rather guilty at this point. As I mentioned last time, my project had to change significantly and much of the past couple of months have been spent working closely with my advisers to develop and get headway on the new project.…
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Mathematical Analysis of ALS Biochemistry: Final Stages of CellDesigner

By • Dec 6th, 2013 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

As the semester comes to a close I have to start thinking about getting my final product together. This isn’t exactly satisfying to me, since my model will never be really final. Like I said in previous posts, there is always more to explore and more to add to the model. So I am going…
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Zapping cells with lasers!

By • Dec 5th, 2013 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

My research has taken an interesting turn… this semester, I have been looking for ways to alter calcium activity in the developing nervous system of frog embryos. To review, I image calcium activity with a fluorescent microscope. Since different levels of calcium activity are implicated in different developmental consequences, we wanted to see what would…
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Crunching the Numbers

By • Dec 4th, 2013 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

My thesis is in the history department, but I get to use my math major as well!  In the last days of November, I started a quantitative part of my research project.  If all goes well, it will add numerical evidence to support of my argument. At the root of this project is a book. …
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Wrapping up the semester!

By • Dec 3rd, 2013 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

With less than two weeks left before winter break, this semester has flown by bringing incredible research opportunities and new avenues to explore. After meeting with several professors in the Religious Studies department concerning ethnographic research, social justice movements, and Jewish Reform organizations, the alignment of theologies and the dispersion of discourse has become more…
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The Poster Post

By • Dec 3rd, 2013 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

I can’t believe it’s already December–Christmas music is blaring through the radio waves, my Thanksgiving turkey coma has come and gone, and I spent yet another Black Friday too afraid of other shoppers to leave my house. The rest of my semester has started to wind down in preparation for finals, but the work in […]