Archive for September, 2015

Let’s Get Down to Business

By • Sep 30th, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

And defeat the Huns! No, I kid, I kid, but bonus points if you understood that reference. This past month really has been getting serious about my thesis. As I’ve thought through and talked with my wonderful advisor about my thesis it has really started to come together. I (finally) have an outline and am…
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Finally finishing data collection!

By • Sep 30th, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

As I said in my last post in August, I had hit very few obstacles in my research process.  Since the start of the fall semester, this has not exactly held true.  As expected, time has not been entirely on my side in terms of progressing with my research due to courses and other commitments. …
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Jewish Madness, Hysteria, and Syphilis

By • Sep 30th, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Jewish Madness, Hysteria, and Syphilis   Recently, I’ve been reading about the birth of scientific anti-Semitism at the end of the 19th century. It was during this time period that the idea of ‘race’ was being formalized as a scientific, anatomical delineation. Universally, these studies were poor science, lacking in evidence and based firmly and…
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Make a poster!

By • Sep 30th, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

So this week I learned to make a poster using the beamerposter package in LaTeX, a way to type up mathematics and generate the a pdf file. I have always appreciated the fact that LaTeX allows us to type up our work in the format we usually see in textbooks- I’ve use it to type up…
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Summer Research Showcase

By • Sep 29th, 2015 • Category: Charles Center, Honors Thesis, Research

I have been spending the majority of September getting into the swing of things here at school. It is quite a shift from full time work on a project in the summer to marginal work when homework lets up during the school year. I have recently been making my poster for the Charles Center Summer…
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Continuing momentum into September!

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

  September has been a busy month getting back into the swing of classes and research. Thankfully, Ryan and Megan have been able to help me a lot with my photochemistry experiments! Between the three of us, we are generally able to coordinate taking time points throughout the day to make collecting data possible. Over…
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Preparation and Summation

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

Recently, I have been working on polishing my presentation of my first chapter, “The Heritage Chapter” for my oral presentation at the Summer Research Symposium. I have drafted a visual presentation and will be discussing the concept of label dropping wherein Japanese designers express a desire to relinquish the prefix “Japanese” from their title of…
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It’s thesis time…

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

The field season is over, I’m back at school, and it’s time to think about my thesis. I ran so many experiments over the summer that one of the biggest challenges for me moving forward now is how to organize all this information. I’ve split my research into two main parts – looking at the…
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The first chapter

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

I have spent the past month reorienting my topic and researching.  The base of my thesis is a critique of Anne Schutte’s description of false sanctity in her influential work Aspiring Saints. I have carefully read Schutte’s work and have identified several weaknesses in her argument, such as her dismissal of these false saints’ agency,…
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Summer research showcase

By • Sep 25th, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Summer research showcase next week! I will be presenting a poster on Wednesday afternoon. This month, my advisor and I have been working on improving the proof I wrote for the first half of the thesis. I am learning to write in mathematics- to write in plain English in a clear and logical way. My…
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