Archive for August, 2017

The Male Gaze?

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

I first learned about the male gaze in the spring of my freshman year. I was taking an intro American Studies course that explored American modernist film. As you all probably know, the male gaze refers to the way that art, set firmly in a male-dominated perspective, frames women as objects to be devoured for…
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August Update: Wrapping Up Summer Research and National ACS Conference

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

Hello everyone! Summer research wrapped up in the first week of August. By the end of the summer, I had synthesized my desired ligand, confirmed its structure and executed a preliminary experiment. At the end of the session, my focus was on collecting data for a related photochemistry project. Working alongside with my colleagues Brett…
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August Update

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

After countless failures during this summer, something finally seems to work. I have finally synthesized a precursor to my newly proposed ligand design on the very last day of the summer research session. I am optimistic that this is a correct step and will lead to results. The successful synthesis of this precursor will lead…
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AP axis neural plasticity 4

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

Hello everyone! Since I took a much needed break in August, this update will be brief and short, yet still full of some interesting results. Before I left, I managed to do a few transplantation experiments. Different from previous ones, which were fixed at stage 18 or 30, this time they were fixed at stage…
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August Update: Research and Draft Thesis Statement

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

August was a very busy and productive month for my honors thesis. I was able to finish Hansen’s Athenian Democracy which gave me amazing insight into how the Athenian Democracy functioned, and how society worked during the ancient and classical periods of Athens. This month I also read Thompson’s John Stuart Mill and Representative Government,…
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Characterizing solvent ingression with single-sided NMR

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

Coming into summer research, I was planning on executing ultrafast T2–D NMR experiments on Traditional Oil (T.O.) and Water Miscible (W.M.O.) paints to see how different solvents ingress into different types of paint polymers. Initially, I was planning on using the Meldrum lab’s PM25 single-sided magnet to observe this phenomenon, however, little data was acquired from…
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August Update

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

For the my last week in Williamsburg, I continued to perform hydrogen/deuterium exchange (h/d exchange) on b2+ ions of the lysine (and its homologs) tetrapeptide(s), and h/d exchanage with aspargine and glutamine and their methyl esters. In addition, I worked up calculations of the rate of h/d exchanges before I left. The rest of this…
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August-Update: A New Start

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

I was home for most of the time in August. But it’s really exciting to think about what I’ve done in the summer and what I can do this semester! I was in the process of doing a gene swap for the mitochondrial regulatory gene I’ve identified when I left for home. PCR seemed easy…
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July-Update: moving onto wet lab

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

  Okay, in the end of June, I thought I obtained the optimal data and could start moving onto wet lab with the result I found. However, it bothers me that we didn’t find any consistent result in our dN/dS ratio test and the pop genome MK test. Thinking over the way we extract and…
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June-Update: Realigned genomes

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

This month has been really tough for me. We couldn’t align a large number of genes using our program after we added 2 more genomes (one European and one American) and realigned all of the North American genomes using the newest one as a reference to capture the variation within the north American population. Thinking…
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