Archive for May, 2014

Hydrophobe and Hydrophile

By • May 31st, 2014 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hydrophobicity is the property that a molecule repels from the contact with water. You can always see leaves or grass with dews on them – if the leave or grass is hydrophobic, the dew would tend to look like a perfect sphere. And the dew rolls down easily when you gently shake the leave. A […]



Ethics of Infinity: Abstract

By • May 31st, 2014 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

What can we learn from encounters with infinity? In a famous scene in the Hindu sacred text, the Bhagavad-Gita, Arjuna, the hero of the Bhagavad-Gita, encounters the infinite nature of the cosmos. My research will focus on learning how we, as finite entities like Arjuna, can create meaning through perceiving infinity by studying the text…
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Getting Organized

By • May 31st, 2014 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

After a few weeks of relaxing at home, I am now back in Williamsburg and ready to start my research full time! During the past academic year, I worked to synthesize the two nickel complexes that I will be studying in this project, and I performed a few electrochemical tests to examine the complexes’ effectiveness.…
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Sisi wins a very anticlimactic election

By • May 30th, 2014 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

More photos I arrived in Egypt nearly a week ago, and what I thought might be an interesting and exciting two days of elections turned out to be three days of extremely anticlimactic events.  But first, to provide a brief bit of background, I’ll start with 2011. In January 2011, Egypt was one of the […]



First Update – Fostering Inclusive Attitudes

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

So far, I’m really happy with how this research has been going. I started out by researching a wide variety of topics regarding inclusion classrooms in middle schools – this includes what technology and apps are used to help students with autism (there’s so much out there!), how it’s chosen for each student, how it’s […]



Genie-GENe Software Development Blog Post One

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

The development of the GENe RNA sequence cataloger software program is off to a fantastic start.  I arrived at William and Mary this past Sunday, and after setting myself up and doing a little bit of preliminary research on the BLAST DNA alignment tool provided by NCBI, I met with the research group from the […]



Getting started!

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

Well I’m back in Williamsburg after 2 short weeks at home (spent studying non-stop for the MCAT) and it’s refreshing to start working on something new. I met with Dr. Stevens on Tuesday to bounce some ideas about different language assessment tasks. Right now, I’m very interested in looking at tasks that deal with grammar…
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Milkweed Preparation

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

This week marked the beginning of my milkweed adventures and what I’m sure will become a beautiful relationship with milkweed herbivores. I kicked off the research period by becoming van certified which will become important later in the summer when taking day trips to our nearby but off-campus sites at New Quarter Park and Yorktown […]



Milkweed Summer Research Week 1

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

Above is the set-up for my greenhouse experiment for the summer, in its preliminary stage. There are a total of 18 tubs of milkweed at high and low densities, my next step for these guys is to build cages for them with netting and PVC pipe. I was so ha…



The Ethics of Infinity Introduction

By • May 28th, 2014 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hello all, I will be studying the Hindu Sacred text the Bhagavad-Gita this summer in order to deepen our understanding of our relationship to infinity. Does this understanding influence how we live our lives? I’ve got a massivc scope on this project so I’ll be drawing on all sorts of materials: 1) Indian commentators the…
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