Archive for January, 2014

Costume Catastrophe

By • Jan 29th, 2014 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

My name is Kathryn McLane, and I am working on an honors thesis that combines my interests in dance and American Studies. During the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the American Civil War, it is important to consider why people continue to commemorate the War one hundred and fifty years after its close, how […]

Commence thesis writing!

By • Jan 26th, 2014 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

My main experimental focus right now is to acquire more high-quality images of calcium activity in the developing neural plate. I want to record very clear images of calcium activity, with minimal movement of the sample, so that we can use software to automatically identify cells and track them during the images. This will enable…
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Mathematical Analysis of ALS Biochemistry: Starting PLAS

By • Jan 23rd, 2014 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hello everyone!   Today I made the final touches to my model before starting PLAS. I did my best to finish up/connect some pathways and tie up the loose ends. Of course, it is impossible to do this for every process within the cell. It was hard to tell myself when to stop because in…
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Granada, Nicaragua Part I: The Questions.

By • Jan 21st, 2014 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

I pulled up my chair to the participant’s desk. An old air conditioning unit creaked, drowning out the sounds of Granada, Nicaragua’s bustling streets as he turned the computer screen and handed me headphones. “Mira,” he beckoned, “Watch.” The anti-child exploitation video “Preparame la Cena” enveloped me. Compelling images of Nicaraguan children, a steady yet […]

Winter Break Onward

By • Jan 19th, 2014 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Winter break is over and classes have begun anew.  I’m long overdue an update.  Each time I considered posting news on this blog, I had to weigh the investment of time against simply continuing work on my thesis.  Suffice it to say, my thesis steadfastly won out.   But it has been months now, so…
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Winter Break Update

By • Jan 16th, 2014 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

           Winter break proved to be just the concentrated amount of time I needed to make concerted progress on my thesis paper. I was able to complete another chapter and begin another section. This leaves me with one and a half chapters left to write. However, with this accomplishment begins a…
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Mathematically Modeling Zooplankton: Plan for Next Semester

By • Jan 11th, 2014 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

I had a very productive fall semester building off of the work I started over the summer. As I mentioned in previous posts, I also attended a great conference on biomathematics in October. All presenters at the conference, including students, were encouraged to submit a manuscript for a peer-reviewed conference proceedings. This opportunity has allowed…
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By • Jan 10th, 2014 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hello! Since my last post, I have been working more on analyzing my data.  This part of my thesis has proven to be the most challenging, but I am very glad that I took Biostatistics last year! Specifically, I have been trying to figure out the best way to analyze my food-choice data. These experiments…
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A Dispatch from Draft-Land, and Looking Onward to Honors Colloquium

By • Jan 8th, 2014 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

It’s been a while since I last updated, and I hope you’ll forgive me; since late November, I’ve been fighting my way out of a cocoon of typed pages as I struggled to finish my first draft. I am happy to say that I survived my attempt, and I am now the proud parent of…
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Progress thus far and plans for next semester

By • Jan 3rd, 2014 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

So after the craziness of finals and the end of the semester (during which I had to fly to Davis, CA for a veterinary school interview) I have finally been able to make it back on here to give an update on my project. I have completed about half of the in situ hybridizations that…
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