Archive for June, 2015

Dispatches from the Field: Massachusetts, Maine, and the Merrimack

By • Jun 29th, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hello from Gloucester Point, Virginia! I am already missing the cooler weather of New England, having just returned to muggy Virginia from two very intense, very rewarding weeks of field work with my project advisors Dr. Christopher J. Hein and Claudia Shuman, a PhD student at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. While we worked […]



Blog Post 1: Interviews

By • Jun 29th, 2015 • Category: First post, Honors Thesis, Research

I’ve successfully interviewed a community college writing professor, a high school English teacher, a writing instructor for an online college, and the Writing Center Director at the University of Minnesota.They tended to emphasize writing as a relational process, the value of failing, the concept of authentic communication, and the development of an individual voice. I […]



Paris and Library Cards

By • Jun 29th, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Ever since going on my research trip, I have been awful about posting about my experiences, so my next few posts will be about the incredible things I learned during my time in Europe. I’ve been studying French for 8 years now and this was my first trip to France; anticipation was welling up inside […]



The Necrology of Corpus Domini

By • Jun 28th, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

I have finished reading my main primary source, Life and Death in a Venetian Convent, for my project on the Corpus Domini convent in the late medieval period. The last section of the work, written by Bartolomea Riccoboni, a nun who lived there, consists of a necrology. Essentially, Riccoboni wrote a paragraph about each nun…
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Between Us

By • Jun 28th, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Think about the words. Between Us. Let them soak into your tongue, let them hum in your ears. What sensations do they conjure up? What emotions do they elicit? Images? Memories? Maybe… fragrances? If you had any thoughts of a mature, romantic relationship, congratulations! That’s exactly the sort of mind-frame these words were supposed to…
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Cooking Versus Working as a Chemist

By • Jun 27th, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Absurd as it might seem, to compare my top two preoccupations as a summer research student is a natural place to start if you want to learn about my day-to-day experience here. As a staunch experimentalist and passionate cook, the idea of engrossing myself in a combination of both activities enticed me tremendously at the […]



Update from Maine

By • Jun 27th, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

What a summer so far! We got to Maine in early June, and since then have settled in, set up the lab, toured some field sites, and collected a lot of data for my project.   A mud snail pictured with many egg capsules upon strands of eel grass. Each capsule contains tens to hundreds […]



Lobsters and mud snails and boats!

By • Jun 27th, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

It’s been an exciting and eventful few weeks in Maine so far!  My work is well under way. But first, I’m going to introduce you to the field area and some of the people in the lab. Prepare yourself for a lot of pictures. The Coastal Studies Center (CSC) is a beautiful tract of land…
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Axons Weeks 2-3: Science is Beautiful

By • Jun 27th, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

After 3 full weeks of research, I have to say that this is much better than taking classes. I’m learning a lot, it’s really fun, and I don’t have any homework when I leave! After solving the contamination problem, we had two really busy weeks of running experiments. I got some retinal ganglion cell (RGC) […]



Update II: Reading, Writing, and Looking Ahead

By • Jun 27th, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

As the first summer session is coming to a close, so is the first half of my project. In a few more days I’ll set my research aside for a few weeks until the second summer session is over, and then resume work until the end of the summer. I’m hoping that in that time […]