Archive for December, 2014

Fall Semester Update: Travel Writing and History

By • Dec 27th, 2014 • Category: history, Honors Thesis, Research

This September, I shifted my focus from travel guides and individual accounts to early modern travel literature that discussed the history of America and origins of Native Americans. In my thesis, I plan to argue that writers used historical analyses for multiple purposes. During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, travel writing existed within several overlapping…
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The Troubles of PCR

By • Dec 22nd, 2014 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

My project focuses on the characterization of a form of Spider Mite called Bryobia.  Currently, Bryobia is characterized by having four setae, which are antennae-like structures on the head of the mite.  However, a form of Bryobia with 3-setae was recently discovered by a professor at William and Mary, Dr. Fashing.  The fact that these mites have 3-setae […]



Winter Break Grind

By • Dec 20th, 2014 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

In about five months, I will have—hopefully—completed writing this thesis. That kind of sounds far away but seeing how fast these few months have been, I’m convinced that day will come much faster than I expect it to. So I plan to be on top of things for the next few months because I still…
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Coding Coding Coding

By • Dec 14th, 2014 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hello all! I’ll keep this brief, because exam week doesn’t pity the weak and there’s much to be done before we’re released into the season of good tidings.  After scouring journal publications, internet databases, and the State Library of New South Wales, I’ve completed my literature review, and am well into my data coding! I…
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Queer Economics: Market Reform and LGBT Identity

By • Dec 4th, 2014 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Over the past couple of months, my research regarding the Chinese LGBT movement and cooperative marriages between China’s gays and lesbians has been greatly aided by input from students in my Chinese Popular Culture class. Portions of this class were devoted to discussing sex and love in contemporary China, and I was able to give…
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Checkpoint 1

By • Dec 2nd, 2014 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

The situation surrounding my thesis has taken off in the past month. I am proud to say that, according to the William & Mary Physics Department, I am officially halfway through my thesis! As of last Monday, I’ve turned successfully demonstrated the existence of a residual population bias in Quantum Monte Carlo calculations (the entire…
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November Check-In

By • Dec 1st, 2014 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Well, November is over, and the semester is quickly winding up. It is all very surreal. The good news is that work on my research is going well. We wrapped up data collection earlier this month. I’ve been coding all the videos that are usable. I am really excited about this project and cannot wait…
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SfN Conference

By • Dec 1st, 2014 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hello everyone! Here’s an update on what I have been doing in the past few weeks for my thesis. The rat testing and data collection has been progressing nicely, and Professor Burk has started doing cholinergic lesion surgeries on some of the animals recently. This marks an exciting step in my project! After the animals…
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