Archive for July, 2018

Michael Sparrow – Ainulindalë: The Music of the Gods – Blog Post 3

By • Jul 31st, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Monroe, Research

“Now Ilúvatar sat and hearkened, and for a great while it seemed good to him, for in the music there were no flaws. But as the theme progressed, it came into the heart of Melkor to interweave matters of his own imagining that were not in accord with the theme of Ilúvatar; for he sought […]

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The Final Push

By • Jul 31st, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

With my time left in Maine now waning, the work in lab has transitioned from a marathon to a sprint to collect every last data point and test every idea before it’s time to head home. My mesocosm experiment to test the effects of Eastern Mud Snail Egg Capsules on eelgrass growth has yielded a…
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Perspectives, Encountered

By • Jul 31st, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

This summer marks my second foray into independent research. Last summer I had the pleasure of conducting research on political officials’ interactions on Twitter through a Charles Center Summer Research Grant. I encountered many of the classic pitfalls in research; from unexpected problems with my actual research to the constant challenge of self-motivation, it was…
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GIS Meets Maxent

By • Jul 31st, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Maxent is a program that uses a machine-learning technique called maximum entropy modeling. This program can use GIS environmental layers and a species source layer to create a model using only species occurrences. This program is perfect for my project, because it does not require species absence data. Over the last few weeks I have…
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Russian-American Relations in the Media Update 1

By • Jul 31st, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

At this point in my project I have completed the majority of my research analyzing to what extent the perceptions Russians and Americans have of each other has been influenced by the media. My research consists mostly of articles that analyze both Russian and American newspapers, movies, and television. Furthermore, my research is most concentrated […]

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“Classical Medievalism:” A Term of my Own Invention

By • Jul 31st, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Over the course of my research, I’ve been trying to find an appropriate term to encapsulate Henry Fielding’s utilization of both the epic tradition and the tradition of medieval romance. Most of the scholarly work I’ve read deals with these influences independently. They analyze the effect of epic and cite examples, and then they do the…
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C. Elegans Research: Update #2

By • Jul 31st, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

(Originally written 6/11/18)             I have finished the wet lab portion of my project, and I learned so much while working on campus!             In the first week of my research, I learned how to do some new lab chores and techniques. When I arrived, […]

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July 2018: Picking Up Movement Patterns

By • Jul 31st, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hard to believe it is already the end of July! Tracking has had its ups and down as always, but things have gone more or less smoothly. We had one instance of snake predation back in late June, which we were able to confirm because we actually tracked down the snake who ate our toad!…
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C. Elegans Research: Update #1

By • Jul 31st, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

(originally written 5/29/18)             In my project, I will be studying spe-26 mutant C. elegans, in order to gain insights into the function of the SPE-26 protein. If this sounds like jargon to you, don’t worry; I’ll explain!             In order to conduct my research, I […]

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An Objection to Cowen’s solution from Bounding

By • Jul 31st, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

In “Resolving the Repugnant Conclusion,” Tyler Cowen suggests that bounding offers a way to avoid the repugnant conclusion. Bounding refers to setting a limit on a certain type of value. Cowen suggests that bounding the amount of value which lives barely worth living contribute to the value of the world blocks the repugnant conclusion in…
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