Archive for February, 2018

February Update: Results!

By • Feb 25th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hello everyone! February has gone by so quickly, and I’ve gotten a lot of work done for my thesis. Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to present my work at the Honors Research Colloquium. It served as great preparation for my upcoming defense in April and gave me the opportunity to practice communicating my…
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Shear Zone Kinematics: Displacement and Vorticity Numbers

By • Feb 18th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Recently I have been making calculations to estimate the displacement along Shear Zone 2 (SZ2). This requires integrating the shear strain across the width of the zone and accounting for the vorticity number for a particular sample, or more generally, the average vorticity number for the shear zone. Shear strain is the ratio of length…
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Whaddaya mean there are no records?!

By • Feb 16th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

I had only barely started and my research had already come to a screeching halt. “Almost all of the records for the city of Richmond for the 1840s were burned during the Civil War,” said the researcher at the Library of Virginia. (The phrase “damn yankees” is often invoked in my hometown, but “damn confederates” […]

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February Update: Honors Colloquium Recap

By • Feb 14th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

So I presented at the colloquium yesterday, and overall I think it went pretty well! I went first, but it was a friendly audience and my nerves quickly dissipated. Being forced to explain what I am researching and what I aim to accomplish in only 15 minutes was tough but ultimately really helpful. It helped me concentrate…
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January Update

By • Feb 6th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

I have successfully completed the first draft of my thesis. Working over winter break, and in the first few weeks of this semester, I was able to compile my older writings and add in a significant new amount of information in order to complete my draft. It was a fun process, but equally grinding as…
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January Update

By • Feb 3rd, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

January Update   I went back home to China during the winter break. It was nice to see my family since I haven’t been home for a year and a half. The break was necessary for I can reset myself from a busy semester where application, research and coursework were happening at the same time.…
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January Update

By • Feb 1st, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Building off my update last month, I did read Pedagogy of the Oppressed over break and it, along with Young’s “Five Faces of Oppression,” have become very important both to my literature review and my personal research ethic. One side effect of my research is that I have begun to apply the analytical framework I’ve…
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Discovering s͔̞̪̭̱ͅ u̻̻̜̫͖͇̝ c̟̩ c̤̜̫̫ e̬̰͍ s̝͎̟͕͕̘ s͓̟

By • Feb 1st, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hi. Hello. Hey. hai. ‘sup. Bonjour. Hola. It is I, Daniel Speer, providing you with information regarding my Honors Thesis project! Honestly, I things have finally been swinging upward. I have recently found some great progress of my project (in terms of compounds) and life has been riding a high. A lot of things have…
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