Archives for the ‘Honors Thesis’ Category

November Update

By • Nov 19th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

I just wanted to give everyone a quick update on my progress. I recently wrote a literature review for my thesis which included both an historical overview and a look at the normative arguments surrounding Mill’s views on representative government generally and election reform specifically. I learn a lot about the main Mill scholars, and…
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Halloween spooked me so much.

By • Nov 10th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hello all! Sorry for this late post, but all of the science is going ok. Yields of reactions have been decent and/or poor recently, but I have been branching out in new directions, so this is relatively warranted. So, this project seems to be taking a roller-coaster of a trip this semester. But, I guess,…
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Hello November!

By • Nov 10th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Welcome back! October was such a great month for finally knocking out some experiments – I worked on finalizing a figure for ERM-1, an antibody that labels a protein that tethers polymerized actin to the cell membrane. The ERM-1 studies I started over the summer revealed a multinucleate cell phenotype at the most proximal end…
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October/November Updates: Finishing Calcium Dynamics in Axon Degeneration and Looking Forward to New Directions

By • Nov 9th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hey Everyone! So far for my project I have made major headway in my mathematical modeling of axon degeneration! As I had alluded to in my previous post, I was working on the calcium dynamics of this pathway. Axon degeneration requires an influx of calcium to induce degeneration we see over time, which happens at…
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Shear Zone Kinematics: Fabric Analyses via 3D Strain Calculations

By • Nov 8th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

As I mentioned in my post from last month, recently I have been focusing on making structural calculations for my rock samples in order to meet my research goal of quantifying the kinematics of these shear zones. Aspect ratio calculations and plotting have been receiving most of my attention, and I have been using a…
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October Update

By • Nov 5th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hello everyone! I can’t believe it’s already November. The last few weeks of research have been going really well. A couple weeks ago I attended an ecology, population biology, evolution and genetics conference in Laurel Hill, NC to present on all of the research I’ve conducted so far. I also just attended a microbiology conference…
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October Update

By • Nov 1st, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

October Update Up to this point, I have performed many synthesis of the precursor aldehyde and have successfully made it. However, the separation of the desired product from the product mixture has been difficult. The particular reaction I followed has a very poor regioselectivity. I went back and looked through literatures on this one specific…
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Research Reflections: The Final Stages

By • Nov 1st, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

On this first day of November, I am only five weeks away from defending my thesis and six weeks away from graduating from William and Mary altogether. I cannot believe that my work on William Carlos Williams is actually nearing completion, and that my time at William and Mary is drawing to a close. These…
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October Update

By • Oct 31st, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

I am done with collecting data on the tetrapeptides containing lysine homologs. I am also done with aspargine and its methyl ester and glutamine methyl ester. However, I am still doing h/d exchange with glutamine to collect better data. I start to focus on the asaparagine tetrapeptides again. Recently, on of my lab peers synthesized…
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Gatsby & The Self-Made Man…

By • Oct 31st, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

This past week I’ve been reading The Great Gatsby in light of all of my summer research on manhood. And goodness, how the text has come alive in such vivid new ways! I first fell in love with The Great Gatsby my junior year of high school, and I doubted I could ever love it…
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