Archive for August, 2015

Prospectus and Emerging Connections/Ideas about the Roots of Counterinsurgency

By • Aug 31st, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

My prospectus is finished and my primary documents are all uploaded and organized. As I begin the formal part of synthesizing these sources and producing the actual beginnings of my thesis, I’ll illuminate my current thinking about the topic. As mentioned in earlier posts, the counterinsurgency carried out by various Guatemalan military dictatorships during the…
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learning maintenance

By • Aug 31st, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

My research was halted due to the fact that the requisite instrument was malfunctioning,  I got to help upkeep the rest of the instruments in ion lab which boasts another three working mass spectrometers, two ion traps and and a triple quadrupole.  The first practical thing to know about mass spectrometers(mass specs) is that they…
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Start of Research

By • Aug 31st, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Research in the ion lab started with a major snag.  The instrument I am to be working on is currently offline, after running through some tests my professor and I determined that the diode multiplier power supply was malfunctioning.  It was giving off a few hundred volts at most instead of the 5000 volts it…
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Blog Post: Children’s Processing of Smoking-Related Cues

By • Aug 31st, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

The summer sessions ended well with a brief reprise back home in New Jersey before I was back for the full semester! Since I was actually only on campus for about a week and a half in August, there haven’t been too many developments so far. Unfortunately, I find that there tends to be a bit…
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Jewish Bodies, Sexuality, and Gender

By • Aug 31st, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

So, the summer has ended, those slowly creeping up classes have finally pounced, deadlines are flying in like bullets, and the pile of books on my desk just seems to keep getting bigger. But, let’s not talk about that. The pile of books always grows faster than you can whittle away at, I think that…
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Summary of Literature Review and Direction of the Research

By • Aug 31st, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hello! I hope everyone had a wonderful summer. It has been great to start my last academic year and I am incredibly excited to see what this year holds. In the month of August, I focused on my literature review and setting the direction for my thesis. After careful research and contemplation, I finally came…
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Post #3: Major updates and final abstract

By • Aug 31st, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Due to major findings during primary research in Ireland this summer, the direction of my research has shifted from literature and identity to a broader study on narrative, collective memory, and identity shifts. I am very excited to continue research throughout the semester! More updates regarding this research will follow in future posts. Advances in…
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Post #2: Waning Catholicism, sexuality, and Bloomsday in Dublin

By • Aug 31st, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

(Originally published June 19th on Upperclass Monroe Scholars blog, moved to this blog August 31st) I have now been in Ireland for approximately three weeks, and it’s been something of a dream come true. As was stated in an earlier post, this project was inspired mainly by an interest in the ideas of Irish modernists…
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Preliminary abstract: The development of modern Irish identity through literature and cultural narratives

By • Aug 31st, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

(Originally posted March 23rd, 2015 on Upperclass Monroe Scholars blog, moved here August 31st, 2015) Thanks for visiting my blog! I hope you continue to follow me throughout the year. Throughout history, cultural, social, political, and artistic differences between West Ireland and East Ireland have grown and developed. Several prominent literary figures, including W.B. Yeats,…
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End of the Summer Update

By • Aug 31st, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

School is back in session! Starting senior year has brought up a lot of different emotions, I’m definitely excited, a teensy bit scared (read: a lot scared) and I’m ready for whatever this year will bring. My life, like I’m sure most of my fellow students has been seeing friends and buying school supplies and…
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