Archive for June, 2017

June Update: In Which Immortality Isn’t All It’s Cracked up to Be

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

Just yesterday I finished Kwame Appiah’s Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers, which certainly is a lot more philosophical reading than I am used to, but is fascinating nonetheless. The brief but vivid glimpses Appiah gives of his own eclectic life–visiting the Ashanti king with his intensely patriotic Ghanaian father, eating Ramadan feasts cooked…
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June Update: Connections between Kant and Arendt

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

To whomever may be reading this: Hello! This is my first summer blog post, an update on the research I am doing on my thesis, which concerns how Hannah Arendt interpreted Immanuel Kant’s philosophy for her own theory of judgment. This summer has been one spent reading, taking notes, and researching. The amount of primary…
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June Update: The Odds Are Not in Everyone’s Favor

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

Over the past month, I read and coded 4 of my 7 case study texts. I would be lying if I did not say that I am somewhat overwhelmed by the amount of data collected so far. The Hunger Games alone generated 132 codes. For clarification, that’s the novel The Hunger Games, not The Hunger…
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June update: Gramsci, Said, and preparing for a visit to the papyri

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

June has been a very busy month for my research. Though translation has hit a snag due to issues receiving a commentary on the text from Germany, I have continued reading Orientalism and was finally able to track down a good translation of Gramsci’s prison notebooks: This translation will enable me to find out which part(s) of the…
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Week 2

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

Research is most certainly an exercise in mental endurance—my first two weeks have centered around reading seemingly countless scholarly articles and books. The most frustrating part is spending hours searching for relevant material just to later find out that the source really isn’t as helpful as you first thought. However, gaining background on my topic […]

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June Update

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

During the last month of research, I have found ways to successfully obtain products of the second part of my ligand synthesis. However, I had a lot of trouble trying to purify my crude product to proceed to the next step. Therefore, my next stage of work will be optimizing the ratio of reactants to…
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Update 1: “Why Mindfulness?” and What Goes on Behind the Scenes

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

In my research, I am examining the effects of a made-from-scratch computer program created to introduce students to the practice of mindfulness. Mindfulness is a new, third-wave cognitive therapy which has gained a lot of popularity in the past few years. It has been shown to help reduce anxiety and stress in many populations which […]

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Week 2 Update: Sending Emails and Reading Papers

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

Hello everyone! Here we are, nearing the end of research week two! It certainly is strange being on campus and doing just research, full time. Normally during the year I fit lab work into 1-2 hour chunks of free time between classes and lunch dates (and I eat some lunches in the lab too, when […]

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Greenspace and park time as mental health supplement

By • Jun 30th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, nature, Research

I am now halfway through my time as a Research Assistant for Dr. Ibes at the Parks Research Lab (PRL). As is evident from my abstract, Alexis, my research partner, and I are conducting research on ecotherapy, which is the study of how nature and greenspace is healing to human mental and physical health. Our […]

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Exciting Green Updates in Rainy Berlin

By • Jun 30th, 2017 • Category: Architecture, Honors Thesis, Research

The past two weeks doing my Monroe research have been both exciting and exhausting. Starting to begin research by reading articles, researching buildings, and reaching out to companies was a heafty feat, but I am glad to say that I have been able to keep up with it, despite also going to class and taking […]

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