Archive for July, 2017

July Update: Wrapping Up Lit Search

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

My literature search is gradually becoming the introduction to my honors thesis as I begin to piece together the many articles I have been reading over the summer. I am hoping to uncover a few more articles focused on the effect of mentorship on women, especially after being involved in a career mentor program over…
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I learned these things the hard way.

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

It hasn’t even been a week since I departed  on my road trip to see rare manuscripts at Yale, Princeton, and UVA, and I think I’ve already lost twelve years from my life. Five of them were swiped by the George Washington Bridge alone. *Sweats, scar on forehead begins to burn—* (Sorry, I’ve gone through 2…
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Characterizing Oocyte Maturation in Nematodes

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

One major question in biology is how unspecialized stem cells differentiate into specialized cells. For example, embryonic stem cells can develop into entire organisms and stem cells found in bone marrow can develop into red and white blood cells. Stem cells can also give rise to reproductive cells known as gametes, a process known as […]

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Digging into Gigging

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

My research on the gig economy has been been progressing quite nicely.  One of the most rewarding aspects has been the vast number of references to the gig economy that I’ve encountered in the media and in conversation that were not initiated by my research.  I’ve spotted references in Snapchat posts by major publications and […]

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A (Really) Late July Post

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

I’ve spent a hectic July in and out of the tissue culture room. During this time, I switched out my old wild-type rat thyroid hormone receptor with human TR and had to rework the concentrations I was using in my transfection procedure. Nevertheless, it was generally a painless process, whose only impediment was my hatred of long decimals that cannot be divided […]

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An Uninspired Title for My July Post

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

I’ve spent a hectic July in and out of the tissue culture room. During this time, I switched out my old wild-type rat thyroid hormone receptor with human TR and had to rework the concentrations I was using in my transfection procedure. Nevertheless, it was generally a painless process, whose only impediment was my hatred of long decimals that cannot be divided…
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Update #5: Res Facta

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

I am pleased to report that I now have a fully functioning website! I will be sure to post the link at the bottom of this entry in case any readers would like to see it. The site may change a bit within the next few weeks, but it should be more or less completely […]

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Update: Model Selection and Fieldwork in Maine

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

The summer session is almost at an end, and the past few weeks have been absolutely packed! I have fully incorporated the milkweed data that we took in the field last month into a new set of models. We now have 4.5 years of data tracking thousands of individual milkweed stems from sprouting/germination until reproduction […]

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Digging in the Dirt… for Science

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

There are some parts of my research that feel very high-tech: spectrometers, ultrasound devices, data analysis.  Then there are the days when I stand at a bench in the greenhouse for hours, sifting through dirt and holding a ruler up to some roots.  The purpose of this is to create a map of each plant’s […]

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July Report: In Defense of Property Dualism

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

I’ve finish the initial draft of the paper I mentioned in my June report and also met with my advisor discussing the paper. The ideas in the draft turned out promising and the meeting was very helpful. Again, the argument in the paper is as follows: there is a possible world A in which epiphenomenalism…
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