Archive for June, 2016

following the presence of toxins throughout development

By • Jun 30th, 2016 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

A lot has happened in these first few weeks! The milkweed that was repotted out at the Sullivan Greenhouse showed discouragingly little growth and, in places, a worrisome aphid infestation. Because A. syriaca has been shown to induce its chemical defenses when damaged by herbivory and because my project (and those of my lab-mates) requires predictable…
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June Beginnings

By • Jun 30th, 2016 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

After four exciting weeks in Spain, I’m excited to be back in Williamsburg doing research! I started researching before I left for my study abroad trip, but now I’ll have the rest of the summer to focus entirely on my project. In the week that I’ve been in Williamsburg, I’ve gathered a number of primary and…
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Peer Socialization Practices and Externalizing Symptomology among Adolescents (Part 2)

By • Jun 30th, 2016 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

When one studies the mind, one studies people. While finding statistical significance in the data is exciting, I feel the most rewarding part of psychological research is conducting an interview. It can be a truly profound and humbling experience to have a stranger give you such insight into the way they think and view themselves, […]

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Peer Socialization Practices and Externalizing Symptomology among Adolescents (Part 1)

By • Jun 30th, 2016 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Ivan Pavlov, the renowned physiologist best known for his work in classical conditioning, once said “Don’t become a mere recorder of facts, but try to penetrate the mystery of their origin”. In the field of psychology, researchers aim to, broadly speaking, understand the mystery of the mind. Research in psychology is intriguing, however, because the […]



First Solo Tour and Furniture Research!

By • Jun 30th, 2016 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

On Tuesday I gave my first solo A World Made Small tour! The tour was centered around an exhibit showcasing the museum’s dollhouse collection, as well as other miniature play sets from colonial times through the 20th century. I think the tour went fairly well–the only issue was that I went a little too quickly. […]



First Update- Picking Watersheds, Collecting Data

By • Jun 30th, 2016 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

A little over three weeks into my research, and I suppose I’ve embraced my first summer in Virginia. My research fluctuates between days spent in front of a computer and field days spent around James City County, collecting water and data from streams. We began the summer with 7 preliminary watersheds, ranging from forested (Matoaka […]



Generating Strains

By • Jun 30th, 2016 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

I have spent most of the past month beginning to engineer my Trojan Horse strain. After many rounds of trial and error, I have successfully used PCR to amplify a toxin cassette. I am now in the process of transforming several strains to express the toxin. Once this is done, I will assay toxin production…
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Calling all map nerds!

By • Jun 30th, 2016 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

A month into my fellowship at CERSGIS in Accra, Ghana, we are hitting the ground running. We are beginning to lead professional trainings in GIS (Geographic Information Systems) at the National Development Planning Commission, which will be the main focus of the rest of our time here in Accra. GIS is a digital system that […]



If Walls Could Talk – The Beginning

By • Jun 29th, 2016 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

This summer I am researching the architecture of historical buildings and how they were perceived at the time of their construction. I’ll be looking at 18th century homes in Colonial Williamsburg as well as in coastal North Carolina. My firsts step in beginning my research process was to meet with Mr. Klee the architectural historian […]



Finishing one project, starting another

By • Jun 29th, 2016 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

The past few weeks have been very busy as we are completing the nucleophagy project and I am transitioning to working on the the ALS one. In order to do this, I have been collecting a large amount of data confirming that the process we are describing, nucleophagy, is the response of the cells to…
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