Archive for December, 2017

Year-End Update: What’s Next?

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

2017 is almost over, and with 2018 comes the end of my time in undergrad and the conclusion of my thesis. It’s scary to think about such big things coming to a close, but I think I’m ready. At the end of last semester, I re-evaluated my thesis thoughts and came up with an outline to…
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December Update: Thank You and A Little More About Me

By • Dec 27th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hello everyone and happy holidays! This semester has been a busy one. All of my graduate school applications are in and I have been accepted to two schools. I was able to take advantage of this finals week and work in lab with a similar schedule to this past summer. As we have come to a…
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Silk stockings are the smoking gun (Navarrese Private Libraries – Part 2)

By • Dec 26th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

In the first post about what I’m using my Student Research Grant for, I tried to give an overview of what I’m using it for and a little taste of my research. In this post, I’d like to take you through the most thrilling example of what has come up in my research. The case […]

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Navarrese Private Libraries – Part 1

By • Dec 26th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

For my Student Research Grant, I was able to fund the digitization of some 16th and 17th court documents from the Archivo Diocesano de Pamplona (ADP) in Pamplona, Spain. These are for the honors thesis that I am currently writing about private libraries in the 16th and 17th centuries. Within these court documents, scribes and […]

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Fall Update

By • Dec 24th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

The progress I’ve been able to make over the last few months has been limited by major capstone projects, graduate applications and finals and I’m very excited to be able to devote more energy to my project over break. Over the past few months I’ve been meeting with my advisor and professor about the future…
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Abstract–African American Credit Use in the Early Republic

By • Dec 20th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

My name is Amanda Gibson, and I am a PhD candidate in the history department. Credit was and is central to the growth of capitalism. My dissertation will uncover the credit market experiences of those most vulnerable to the externalities associated with a slavery-based capitalist economy. It will describe enslaved and free African Americans’ use of credit […]

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Eclogitization in the Lofoten Islands: Petrology-based Hypothesis

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

As I continue with my analyses, I have had to split my time between my structural analyses and my petrologic analyses. In the case of the structural component, as a reminder, I am trying to quantify the kinematics of my shear zones’ burial and exhumation. In regards to the petrology, I am looking for distinct…
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Orpheus Island in closing

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

Well, Dr. Allen and I leave Orpheus Island in two days. This trip has been extremely fast!   We finally figured out how to culture the crown-of-thorns larvae. It turns out our larvae were dying from copper toxicity. The freshwater here runs through copper pipes, so when we wash our glassware in the freshwater and […]

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December Update: Preparing for Data Analysis

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

Happy holidays, everyone! Since I will be on campus until the last day of finals, December 20, I’ve been able to get a good chunk of work on my thesis done. We concluded data collection for the semester on December 11. After the final participant, I was able to start downloading and organizing all of…
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One week in the land down under

By • Dec 11th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Dr. Allen and I have been in Australia for a week now, and it has been a whirlwind!   We left Williamsburg on Sunday December 3rd at 7AM and reached Orpheus Island where we’re conducting our research Tuesday December 5th at 7PM ET. (Or something like that; it’s tough to keep track of time here […]

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