Archive for May, 2019

Greetings & Week 1

By • May 31st, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hello everyone! My name is Stephanie and I am a rising senior at the college. I am very excited to take you along with me this summer as I begin my honors research in Psychology. Week 1 of my fellowship has started pretty strong as I’ve been fine tuning my experiment so that we can begin running…
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Week One at the U.S. Department of State

By • May 31st, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hi there everyone, I am a rising senior here at William & Mary and am excited to say I am an intern with the U.S. Department of State for 10 weeks this summer. My blog posts may be a bit different from others you will read as I am limited in the amount I am able […]

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Chevalier d’Eon – Update 3

By • May 31st, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Abstract – Update 1 – Update 2  I started this week by continuing to read modern secondary sources about d’Eon. One significant thing that I noticed is that Kates (and therefore most other researchers after him), who was working in the 1990s, began his work by eliminating the possibility that d’Eon was a narrow, medicalized […]

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Week 1 Update

By • May 31st, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

The first order of business each morning in the lab this week has been to remove the previous day’s glassware from the base bath (an extremely strong solution of ethanol, potassium hyroxide, and ultrapure water), rinse it thoroughly in ultrapure water, and leave it to dry before storing it in our respective drawers. As a single-molecule spectroscopy lab, we want […]

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Steganography and Conversion – Update 3

By • May 31st, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

In today’s post, I’ll discuss my attempts at improving the binary video codec (see last post) and the image codec I created before the start of the summer. I’ll also touch briefly on the textual steganography codec I created. As you may have noticed in the previous post, the binary video/VHS codec leaves a lot […]

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Using wearable sensors in gymnastics

By • May 31st, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

For my Monroe project, I would like to look into how gymnastics performance can be enhanced through wearable sensors. There are many ways that sensors can improve gymnastics performance, including indicating possible deductions that a gymnast can receive on the execution of skills, and locating possible injuries that may arise from an execution of a […]

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Pitas and Pocket Size (Update #1)

By • May 31st, 2019 • Category: food, Honors Thesis, Research

The baker in me has been on a golden-crusted rollercoaster of emotions for the past three days. Promising myself that I would start my bread science research project after my sister moved to Paris, I felt a sense of both eagerness and loneliness as I returned home from the airport as the only child in the house. Then […]

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Turning Pixels of Antarctica into Numbers

By • May 31st, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

On my last blog post, I discussed how I went about collecting data. Now that I have a set of satellite images, I will discuss how I have pulled out quantitative data from them. First of all, I downloaded each MODIS satellite image as a GeoTIFF file. I then pulled up each image on ArcMap. […]

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May Update

By • May 30th, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hi everyone! Since the semester has ended I’ve been working on getting ready for my upcoming research trip to San Francisco, California. I will be attending a Queer History Conference hosted by The Committee on LGBT History and the GLBT Historical Society. Besides preparing for the conference I’ve been working on background research and organizing…
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Post #2b: Weak Case Studies

By • May 30th, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Somalia: Somalia is, according to both definitions, one of the best examples of a traditionally weak state. In fact, many experts consider Somalia to be beyond weak to the point where it is a failed state or even a collapsed state. From the breakdown of the authoritarian government in 1991, Somalia has constantly struggled with […]

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