Archive for September, 2018

Blog Post 6: Halfway there!

By • Sep 30th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

“Maturity of mind is the capacity to endure uncertainty” -John Finley   The past month has been defined by uncertainty: both in the form of grad school induced existential dread and quantifying the uncertainty of my summer data. My two main goals of the past month have been to answer the following questions:   What…
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September Update: New Semester, Same Science

By • Sep 29th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hello, all! September has been a whirlwind of craziness. I spent the first part of the month studying like crazy for the Chemistry GRE subject test– which was then cancelled due to Florence, yikes. But otherwise, the semester is off to a healthy start! Working out my lab schedule has been a challenge, and I’ve…
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September Update: new season, same research

By • Sep 29th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

September has been productive, but frustrating month for my research. With the hurricane evacuation there have been several setbacks. At the beginning of September, our goal was to have the diamondback terrapin nesting habitat model solidified by the end of the month. However, after having been working in GIS the last several months I have accumulated…
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September Update: An Exciting Development!

By • Sep 29th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Since the beginning of the summer, I worried that my argument that the works of Harkis (particularly Harki daughters) have helped contribute to increasing recognition of the community by the French government was a bit of a stretch. However, about a week ago on the Journée nationale d’hommage aux Harkis (National Day of Harki Recognition),…
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Post-Research Reflections: Final Update

By • Sep 28th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

I totally forgot to make a third blog post. Whoops. My main takeaway from this research, which I pretty much understood to be the case going into it, is that the music industry suffers from a severe lack of a queer presence – regardless of genre. That being said, my work is just a snapshot […]

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A Matter of Taste?

By • Sep 28th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

There’s a line David Foster Wallace quotes from Tracy Austin’s insipid autobiography: “Tennis took me like a magic carpet to all kinds of places and all kinds of people.” He quotes it to note how the ghostwriter seems to have contributed very little to the writing quality. But, in reflecting on the Monroe project to […]

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Final Update: Cloud Seeding in the Wasatch Mountains

By • Sep 27th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

After completing my analysis, I found that 13 of the 15 samples had concentrations below the limit of detection (LoD) of the FAAS instrument which is approximately 1 ppb. While this is great news for the environment, I had initially hoped to correlate concentrations of silver to distance from a cloud seeding generator, but with […]

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Preliminary Fieldwork in Redfern and Waterloo

By • Sep 27th, 2018 • Category: anthropology, Honors Thesis, Research

I am thankful that I had 15 days to conduct fieldwork in Sydney in August. While the majority of my dissertation fieldwork will take place over 9-12 months (hopefully starting in late Fall 2019), this trip was combination pilot study (to test potential validity of my site) and a preliminary dive into ethnography and interviewing. […]

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September Update

By • Sep 27th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

The fall semester has officially begun, and while Hurricane Florence threw some unexpected turns in our path a couple of weeks ago, research has been going smoothly. Within the first week of classes, I ran a sensory panel for my project. This involved recruiting 13 adult participants who verified that the odor used in my…
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Learning Sydney: Round 2

By • Sep 27th, 2018 • Category: anthropology, Honors Thesis, Research

Since my inaugural trip to Australia last May/June, I’ve written my thesis and earned my master’s degree in Anthropology. The title of my thesis is The Gap on the Block: Subjectivity, Aboriginality, and Agency in Contemporary Urban Australia. My thesis explored the construction and maintenance of an Aboriginal subjectivity in a inner-city suburb (similar to our city […]

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