Archive for July, 2019

Ravensbrück: Week 4

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

Last week I turned to examining primary sources. I focused on Wanda Symonowicz’s Beyond Human Endurance: The Ravensbrück Women Tell Their Stories, which provides a selection of reminiscences from twenty former prisoners, all of whom were experimented on during their time in the camp. Published in 1970, Symonowicz’s book was the first to relate the experiences […]

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Into the Literature – Research Update #3

By • Jul 31st, 2019 • Category: Colonial Williamsburg, Honors Thesis, Research

After a deeper dive into the results of my review of published local opinions on potential affordable housing projects revealed an important trend regarding attitudes toward individuals facing housing insecurity, I began to explore already existing literature on related subjects to broaden my understanding. One of the most immediate and important topics that came to […]

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Update #8

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

Summer session 2 is coming to an end which means my research is coming to a slow down for the summer. Students taking classes for the summer and those participating in labs have been my biggest participant pool. However, most people are headed home until classes start again at the end of August, which is…
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Final Update: Finished, but not finished; the words women use to describe themselves and others

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

As I conclude my project, I’ve had a hard time actually concluding it. I continue to look through the data, realizing I missed a good question, or that I should have made a certain connection. I really enjoyed this research project and I hope to do more in the future. For now, however, I will […]

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Post #7: So many colors!

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

Hi everyone! This past week, I have been working on my co-transfection experiments with mutant tc-TRa1 and aggresome markers, GFP-170 and GFP-250. After not observing any colocalization with the autophagy marker, I didn’t know what to expect in this new round of experiments. I suspected I might see some colocalization here and there, but that…
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Integration of Collegiate Sports Analytics: Update 4

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

As we roll into the last month of summer before school starts, I am still working on developing the survey and writing out my literature review. Ideally, I would like these questions to be as fine-tuned as possible before sending them out, just to make sure there is no bias in the wording or structure. […]

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Herbarium Help: Figuring Out Unknowns

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

The second part of my research this summer is dealing with the data, both my data from this summer and data from previous years. Part of this means trying to figure out the identify of our “unknowns:” plants that are particularly hard to identify out in the field. Most of the problem comes down to […]

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The Fall of the O’Neill Ministry: Causality, not Destiny

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

     Three years after a failed coup against his premiership, Terence O’Neill was still smarting from dissent within the Unionist Party’s parliamentary wing.  Events beginning on New Year’s Day, 1969, did not help his circumstances.      While NICRA’s leadership refrained from marching not long after O’Neill’s “crossroads speech,” not all factions within the…
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Summer Research Summary

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

In all, this summer was a very valuable research experience. Besides continuing my work here at W&M, I was able to visit a different lab in Toronto and see what a high-throughput, professional lab environment is like. Though I had some problems with cell culturing and with our new plasmids, that’s just the reality of […]

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Week #7 – Storage Facilities!

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

Now that we have Uber’s Batched Matching algorithm and DiDi’s Reinforcement Learning algorithm implemented, I can really move forward with my own creative additions. As discussed in my first post, the goal of my project is to learn how to better meet demand with greater control over the vehicle fleet. We do this because having…
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