Archive for August, 2014

Is there a “correct” way to speak brianzolo?

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

Apologies for the super-late update! Last post I mentioned that I would write about the best interview ever….so I’ll start with that! This post will focus on how I somewhat changed the focus of my research from strictly regional identity and how its maintained through dialect,  to how the dialect changes even in the next…
Read More



Back to School

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

August has come to a close, and I can’t believe how quickly the time has flown. Classes have started, and I have had to sadly acknowledge that I am indeed a senior. Luckily, I will be kept plenty busy by my thesis to help distract me from the fast-approaching realities of post-grad life. I am…
Read More



August Blog Post: Rare Books at the Library of Congress

By • Aug 31st, 2014 • Category: history, Honors Thesis, Research

Working in DC in August was exciting with the opening of the Metro’s new silver line. A station opened within walking distance of my home, significantly shortening my commute to the Library of Congress. This month, I read texts in the Rare Books and Special Collections reading room at the Library of Congress. The Special […]



Back to School

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

The school year has begun, and it is certainly very weird to be back here, knowing that this is my last year at the College. It’s also pretty upsetting, so I am trying hard not to think about it. Luckily I have a lot this year to keep myself busy, and distracted from the impending…
Read More



July Blog Post: Travel and Intellectual Development

By • Aug 31st, 2014 • Category: history, Honors Thesis, Research

During the month of July, I read secondary sources discussing travel in Europe and America. One of the most interesting texts was English Travellers Abroad, 1604-1667, by John Stoye. Stoye researched travelers abroad, particularly in France, Italy, and…



August Blog Post: Rare Books at the Library of Congress

By • Aug 31st, 2014 • Category: history, Honors Thesis, Research

Working in DC in August was exciting with the opening of the Metro’s new silver line. A station opened within walking distance of my home, significantly shortening my commute to the Library of Congress. This month, I read texts in the Rare Books and Special Collections reading room at the Library of Congress. The Special…
Read More



Culmination of summer research, and steps for the school year

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

August has really been quite an eventful month for research. At the beginning of the month I finally got the monarch caterpillars for my experiment! They admittedly came later than I had hoped and I am a tad behind, but I was able to finish the experiment and collect all requisite data from my greenhouse…
Read More



Wrapping Up

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

By the end of the summer, I grew more comfortable running my data through R and setting up graphs using R. I have a working draft of a literature review and a number of article summaries to draw on in the upcoming year.  I have not yet begun any statistical analysis of my data, but […]



Piloting an experiment in the field

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

One of my final activities for the summer was assisting in a pilot research project using crowdsourced data. U-report is a UNICEF tool for gathering citizen feedback on what’s happening at the community level. Using this free SMS-based system, U-reporters send in both unsolicited information and responses to polls asking about service provision and soliciting […]



The U-report team goes to Karamoja

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

One of the highlights of my time in Uganda was hosting a conference with the U-report team to introduce district government and civil society organizations to crowdsourced data. It took a full day’s drive to reach Moroto, in Karamoja (the northeastern region of Uganda). Though it was known for a history of violence, the area […]