Archives for the ‘Honors Thesis’ Category

Summer Update #2—Starting to Write!!

By • Jun 20th, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Tomorrow will mark the end of my sixth week of freezing to death in my lab in ISC AND, if all goes well, the first draft of the first section of my thesis! Exciting stuff! This week I spent most of my time writing up the results of my project and diving into the literature…
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Mathematics of Symmetry and Art: Week 3

By • Jun 20th, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

This week I entered into the last part of the textbook, The Symmetries of Things. This part introduces more complicated symmetric groups, starting with hyperbolic groups. While Euclidean plane groups were limited to the 17 types whose “costs” added up to $2, hyperbolic groups are not limited by an Euler characteristic. In fact, hyperbolic groups are […]

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Week 2: Preparing for the Counter Terrorism Senior Executive Seminar

By • Jun 20th, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

This summer, I am interning at the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies, or the NESA Center for short. The NESA Center is a Department of Defense regional center geared toward international security cooperation in the Near East and South Asia (NESA). The NESA Center builds international security cooperation through programs grounded open communication in an academic environment. […]

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The Mystery of Naan (Update #8)

By • Jun 20th, 2019 • Category: food, Honors Thesis, Research

Yesterday’s bake was a quasi-experiment. It was combination of scientific method and curiosity that yielded tasty results. I whipped up 30 naan breads and filled four of my five trials with a different vegetable combination. The control trial had no filling. Now, reading this you might be thinking, “Jonny, why did you spend four hours yesterday […]

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Update 3: Zebra Finch Embryo Communication

By • Jun 20th, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

This week was focused on finishing up my first round of trials and working with the first real data that was acquired from these trials. I completed the second and third days of trials Sunday and Monday of this past week, and was finally ready to begin data analysis. Unfortunately, after opening the eggs, I […]

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Starting my independent project

By • Jun 20th, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

This week, I have started my first trial of my independent project. As a reminder, I am trying to determine if pseudophosphatase, MK-STYX is reducing stress granule formation via the autophagy (cell recycling pathway). To tackle this question, I have to culture mammalian cells, transfect the cells with the different DNA plasmid conditions,  induce and […]

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Kuala Lumpur Week 3: The Eid Celebration Continues

By • Jun 20th, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

This week hasn’t been the least eventful and exciting out of all of the weeks I’ve been in Kuala Lumpur. I did not get to explore the Kuala Lumpur did week because I have been busy studying for my LSAT. I did, however, get more comfortable with my internship and took a lot more initiative. […]

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Week 3: Green Earth Centre and Sustainability

By • Jun 19th, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

This week we spent Monday and Tuesday at the Green Earth Centre, VFI’s working farm and sustainability center in the South. GEC is located on the Bolaven Plateau in the Salavan Province, the poorest province in Laos and second most bombed province in the Secret War. After spending most of my first two weeks writing […]

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Post 1: Heavy Metal Pollution in Lake Matoaka

By • Jun 19th, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

It has been about a week since I started my Lake Matoaka research! I had to change my topic a few days before I arrived on campus due to some high levels of zinc that had been recently detected. The sediment samples I am testing are from a core taken from the lake back in 2016. There […]

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Sound Deterrence of Birds, Posting 2: Trial and Error

By • Jun 19th, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

June 19, 2019 To assign a theme to the past couple of weeks, I would say I’ve definitely put the “error” in “trial and error”. I would also venture to say that this technique is part of practically any research design process, to some extent, particularly those involving the construction of a novel apparatus or […]

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