Archive for July, 2014

Wrapping up July!

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

It has been a whirlwind of a month, and my only regret is that so much of it was spent indoors. Between class, scribing, and this research, it has been a fruitful few weeks since my last post, and I am certainly looking forward to what August has to offer. This month, I delved deeper…
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Acetylcholinesterase Tissue Staining

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

The last staining step was targeting acetylcholinesterase, which is an enzyme that catalyzes the hydrolysis reaction of acetylcholine. We did this similarly to the parvalbumin staining, with a few tweaks to the protocol. First, the solution was prepare…



Algae Progress

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

Another aspect of my work this summer is obtaining calorimetric values for samples of mainly algae and hydroids.  I am using a Parr 6400 calorimeter, which shows the amount of heat energy contained within a sample in terms of calories per gram.  The top performing algal samples thus far are a type of red algae […]



Third Update

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

Trifluoromethylation with Ruppert’s part 2: The next step in my synthesis, after trifluoromethylation, is to oxidize my alcohol to a ketone. I tried to accomplish this with two different reagents: pyridinium chlorochromate (PCC) and Dess-Martin periodinane (DMP). In order to make sure the reactions worked, I conducted both reactions on a 100mg scale, so that […]



Monroe Blog 1: And so it begins

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

And so it begins!   My sincerest apologies for the delay in posting – I am not the most technologically savvy, and had some serious troubles operating WordPress. So this post has been a long time coming, and represents some of the challenges I have faced and lessons I have learned over the past several […]



Siddha Yoga

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

While I have enjoyed and learned from my experience with Transcendental Meditation, it is time for me to explore new techniques. I have chosen a tradition with more of a Hindu feel. Swami Shantananda’s The Splendor of Recognition has been my guide in this new adventure. Shantananda is a disciple from the Siddha Yoga tradition,…
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Corrupt Associational Life in Palestine

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

I wrote in my first update how the current conflict in Gaza has caused me to start and pause my research multiple times. It is a sad time for the people of Palestine as this current conflict is now the longest between Hamas and Israel. Nevertheless, th…



Weeks 3-5: Recap

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

During this time, I continued to work on tables and figures for various projects, but that consumed less time than it had previously. The crystalizations that I did with the more pure ligand did not appear to remove the impurity; a few stray peaks cont…



The Home Stretch: Finalizing Data and Analysis

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

Hello again. As the summer approaches its conclusion, I seek to approach a data conclusion of my own. This summer so far has been full of successes and failures alike. From the fiasco when my glass-bottomed dish that had promising results on it broke m…



Data Analysis Cont.

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

It is unbelievable that the research period is just about over already! The past 8 weeks have flown by. However, progress with data analysis is slowing down. I have successfully cleaned all my insect data and calculated several diversity measures for e…