Archive for October, 2016

A Paper to Help with Methods

By • Oct 31st, 2016 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

I came across a paper that dealt with the identification of novel cardenolides in Ascelpias curassavica, a close relative of the milkweed species I’ve been working with. While their project represents a tremendous undertaking relative to the chemical analysis I’m hoping to complete, they were looking to characterize the very same chemicals in a very similar…
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Moving Forward

By • Oct 31st, 2016 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

After my last post, I finally succeeded in visualizing K28 toxin production after testing several different potentially sensitive strains. I then used these strains to test for toxin production by the strains I had previously transformed with my K28 plasmid. Sadly, the transformants did not show toxin activity. I am now changing my approach in…
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Ethnic Regiments in Western Militaries: The German Regiment in Context (Part One)

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

Congress’ experiment in recruiting an “Ethnic” Regiment into the Continental Army was not new by the time of the American Revolution, however it was also not a particularly old idea either. From the late Middle Ages until far into the Seventeenth Century, armies were very multinational, much of the time being made up of mercenaries…
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October Updates

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

This month has gone by so quickly. It’s almost November and we’re now past the half-way point of the fall semester. To be frank, I’ve had difficulty managing my time between extracurricular activities, the workload for my courses this semester, determining future plans and researching and writing the thesis. I find that I can discipline…
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The Writing Process

By • Oct 27th, 2016 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Now that we are thoroughly into the semester, I have reached the writing phase of my thesis. To be completely blunt, this process is weird. Our education has primed us to do research based primarily on secondary sources and on situations from which we are removed. All through college, even when I have been totally…
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Semester Update: Halloween Edition

By • Oct 27th, 2016 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

This October has been very busy in the Forsyth lab! With June’s help, I have been working on getting into the swing of experiments and collecting exciting data. Kexin is making great progress on her Japanese oipA merodiploid strain of HP, and I have finally confirmed the successful insertion of oipA into the “second site” in the…
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The Status of the Vicarious Fear Learning Project

By • Oct 24th, 2016 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hello everyone, At this point data collection for my project is well under way. Things that were not working well have been adjusted and now it is just a matter of collecting the data I need! One nice thing about my project is that, aside from giving verbal instructions, the majority of it is automated.…
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Coming Home

By • Oct 20th, 2016 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

I’m finally back Stateside! I returned at the end of July after having spent over six months abroad, five weeks of which were spent travelling around continental Europe doing this research. Without having been shot at or wounded and without losing friends and seeing horrific things on the battlefield I was ready enough to be […]

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When Will Our Reflections Show / Who They Are Inside

By • Oct 19th, 2016 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

It’s strange to be nearing the end of my undergraduate experience now, during this unseasonably warm October, when everyone else still has an entire semester after this one before graduating. I can hardly comprehend how quickly the end is approaching! If there are any other spring-fall students out there reading this, know you are not…
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September Update and SRS

By • Oct 13th, 2016 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hello! Sorry this is several days after the end of September. It’s been a hectic few weeks, between midterm season and thesis writing and the Summer Research Showcase. The showcase was just last week, and preparing for it was a bit of a struggle, because putting philosophy onto a poster display is a rather difficult…
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