Archive for March, 2017

Abstract: National Myth in Fantasy Literature

By • Mar 31st, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Nationalism, Research

In a letter to a publisher in 1956, J.J.R. Tolkien claims that in writing The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion he hoped to create a national mythology for England, rooted in Anglo-Saxon and Norse lore. Even though later in the very same letter the creator of Middle-Earth acknowledges this urge as “absurd,” the sentiment remains […]

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March Update, Learning About Writing (More than Before)

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

Usually when I write these posts, I try to write a small essay on one area that I have been researching. For this post, I’d like to give more of a reflection on writing itself. As I come closer and closer to the end of the project, I’ve moved more from researching to writing (although…
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Factors Predicting the Enactment of Abortion Clinic Access Laws

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

This summer, I will be conducting my Monroe research on state-level abortion clinic access laws. Ultimately, this project will lay the groundwork for my senior thesis in the Government department. I’m excited to get started! My abstract is below: During the early 1990s, reproductive health clinics experienced a spike in targeted violence. In response, several […]

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Abstract — Oxygen Reduction by Iron Complexes for Solar Energy Conversion

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

There is evidence in nature that suggests that the energy supplies primarily in use, notably coal, contribute to pollution and emissions of greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide. The abundance of these gases, which leads to climate change and global warming, continues to rise due to the consumption of fossil fuels. The McNamara Lab seeks to […]

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Abstract: Characterizing the Subcellular Localization of Mutant TRa1 (Ala382ProfsX7)

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

Thyroid hormone (TH) is received by thyroid hormone receptors (TRs), resulting in ligand-dependent interactions with TH-target genes. There are multiple forms of TRs which are expressed in different tissues; the TRa1 subtype is found predominantly in the central nervous system, bone, the gastrointestinal tract, and cardiac/skeletal muscle (Moran et al., 2013). Ala382ProfsX7 is a novel […]

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Metal to Ligand Charge Transfer (MLCT) in [PyX][CuI2] systems

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

A charge transfer (CT) occurs when electron density in the highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) of the metal complex is excited to the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) of the complex. As one might expect, the nature of the CT behavior in a metal complex varies significantly with the choice of the metal and the […]

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Prospectus: Hierarchy and Anarchy in the Far East

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

Through my research, I aim to theorize about the formation of a hierarchical system of international relations in the Far East where Chinese empires entirely dominated the balance of power in the region, and argue ultimately that the assumption of anarchy in international relations does not hold true for all regions at all times. My […]

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Concise Synthesis and Biological Testing of Natural Products with Potential Anticancer Activity

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

Quinones are oxidation products of aromatic compounds. Quinones and derivatives thereof are known to show inhibitory properties in the mitochondrial complex I in the mammalian respiratory system. They bind to the active site and inhibit the enzymatic behavior of the mitochondrial complex I. Because complex I is linked to cancer survival, inhibition thereof has been […]

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The Effect of Statements Issued by the Federal Reserve on the US Economy

By • Mar 31st, 2017 • Category: Economics, Honors Thesis, Research

If we knew how the economy, particularly the stock and bond markets, would react to the information and language in statements released by the Federal Reserve, we could predict the consequential market fluctuations. This knowledge could minimize the risk associated with those two markets and, theoretically, prevent future recessions and depressions by keeping the market […]

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Abstract: Negative Effects of Volunteer Tourism

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

For the past semester, I have been investigating potential consequences of volunteer tourism. Research on volunteer tourism typically focuses on the participant’s perspective. However, members of the host communities are in the best position to discuss the long-term effects of short-term volunteer tourist projects. While I still need to further investigate the literature to narrow […]

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