Archive for June, 2014

Side projects

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

“You’ve been here for two weeks and you already have your own side project.” Emilie said that in the car a few weeks ago on our way up to Cedar Creek for another collecting trip. I finally drummed up enough courage to ask her about starting an idea I had. I was worried about my…
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Apologies from an absentee blogger

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

…I’ve been busy? Anyways, this post will contain a non-scientific interlude about living in the Twin Cities and working at the “U,” and subsequent posts will contain overdue updates on the scientific happenings in the Snell-Rood lab. My home for the summer is a little house in “Dinkytown,” the area of town next to the…
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Forschung auf Deutsch

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

Hello, Reader! Liebe Grüße aus Deutschland! I am currently writing during Germany’s world cup match against Algeria and the streets are empty, the pubs are full, and tensions are very high. Exciting football aside, June has been quite a month at Münster university. I am focusing primarily on the German side of my project and…
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Third Update: A Mountain of Information!

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

I’ve spent my past few sessions poring over my interview summaries and writing out bullet points so I can see which themes are common through all of them. Each county has its own paper that I’m using which is organized into seven categories: stats about the county, successes, challenges, technology, social skills instruction, awareness measures, […]



Frogging!

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

It’s the start of week four and frogging is going strong! The daily schedule begins with two or three hours in lab during the day. During this I enter the data from the previous night’s frogging expedition, calculate rain and sunset data and continue cleaning up the past four years of data. Then at 7:30 […]



Update #2: Studying the Effects of Narcotics Control Policy on Enforcement Budgets

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

  This is the second blog post update that I will be posting for my project. Today marks the half-way point of my summer project investigating the narcotics policies of most nations on the planet and their relationships to enforcement spending within those same nations. The last 2 weeks have been filled with quite a […]



Electrochemistry Everywhere

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

Data collected from the electrochemistry studies from the last few weeks gave us interesting results on the metal ligand complexes, leading to the growth of the family. There are a variety of studies that are done using electrochemistry, one of which i…



Fourier Transforms and the Neural Encoding of Pitch Update #1

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

These past few weeks have given me more opportunities than I could have imagined to explore two academic passions of mine: math and music. While I am studying more of the analytical aspects behind our project, I have been looking a lot into how auto-tune rose to popularity and the history behind it’s creation to […]



Update 1: Injection Series

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

The first portion of my research project is currently underway. This project will be looking at the effects of nicotine exposure in an adolescent on context-dependent memory retrieval as adults. The first phase of this experiment, therefore, is to expo…



Update #2 – A New Hope?

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

So I lied, It took me a little while longer to tune in with a second blog post than originally promised, but here I am three weeks later ready to fill you in. When I last posted I was struggling with two separate algorithms: one based on amplifying the…