Archive for January, 2017

January Things

By • Jan 31st, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

As I’ve been working on this thesis that investigates the relationship between the Odyssey and Second Sophistic (1st- 3rd century AD) texts – in particular, Heliodorus’ Ethiopian Story, I’ve been focusing more and more on particular characters and relationships, particularly a comparison of the relationships of Athena and Odysseus in the Odyssey and Kalasiris and…
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Continuing Biofilm/Toxin Assays: Progress!

By • Jan 31st, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

I have been putting a lot of time into lab so far this semester. A lot of my work has been towards generation of my Trojan Horse strain. I have done transformations with both an extrachromosomal plasmid and with a cassette targeted for integration into the yeast genome. I am now assaying potentially successful transformants…
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The British-American Experience of Ethnic Regiments: the German Regiment in Context (Part Two)

By • Jan 30th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

The largest British military expedition to North America that occurred prior to the American Revolution was during the French and Indian War, wherein the British made heavy use of ethnic regiments, in the form of Highland Regiments from Scotland, and the Royal American Regiment, which was formed specifically for British Service in America. Before the…
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Wow.

By • Jan 29th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Wow. Here we are, the last semester of senior year. And with that, my goals for my thesis are moving into the next stage, which is trying to tie all my research together. So far, I have been building a chronology out of my primary source research, supplementing it with secondary texts. While the chronology spans 50…
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Getting back into the groove

By • Jan 28th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

I can’t believe it is almost February 2017! Time has flown, especially the first few weeks of my last semester here at William & Mary. Since I’ve been back, I have been working on getting into the swing of experiments with my new schedule. My focus this semester is definitely to collect as much data…
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One Drug Might Save the Day

By • Jan 21st, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

I’ve been working hard on my thesis and beginning to compile some significant data on various drugs I’ve included in my model of remyelination in multiple sclerosis. One drug that has shown a lot of promise, and that I’m looking forward to examining closely, is Benztropine. Benztropine is an anticholinergic drug, which means it stops…
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The Many Faces of Pyruvate Kinase

By • Jan 19th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

When I typically talk about my research with pyruvate kinase, I talk about the negative effects of oxidative damage on metabolism with regards to neurodegeneration. But, there are so many other ways that loss of function of pyruvate kinase when exposed to oxidation can harm the body including hemolysis and cell proliferation. When PK is…
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December Updates and the Glory of Regressions

By • Jan 19th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

A massive part of my project involves predicting the pKa of a molecule. Making a substance and finding its experimental pKa are all very well and good but a good portion of science is explaining our results. I want to know how to model these differences in pKa based on the properties of the attached…
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December Updates: Researching, Writing, and Beyond

By • Jan 18th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hi there! December has been an acutely busy month between reviewing pertinent research literatures, writing about adolescents’ social experiences, and hearing back about interviews from clinical psychology doctoral programs. With the exception of 1-3 remaining families, we have also now completed our Time 2 recruitment efforts and follow-up interviews. 167 adolescents and their mothers later, this…
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Making the Most of a New Semester

By • Jan 18th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

I can’t believe today is my last first day of classes at W&M. To kick off the semester, I thought I’d write an update for the past six weeks (December and January thus far). Break gave me a chance to relax and refocus coming into the semester. I’ve laid out my goals and a general…
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