Archives for the ‘Honors Thesis’ Category

Slow Food in a Fast Food World: American Collegiate Chapters’ Approaches to Food Production Issues (Update 2)

By • Jun 22nd, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

After several days of intense reading, I have now explored two of my three topics in depth and created a rough outline for these two sections of my paper. While in many cases the situation was more serious than I expected, it is wonderful to know that there are organizations actively working to alleviate the […]

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A Computational Model of Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy (Update 2)

By • Jun 21st, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

As my fourth week of summer research draws to a close, I wanted to provide another update on my progress. I’ve been working on a computational model showing the cellular interactions that allow the reactivation and spread of the JC virus, which is the cause of the opportunistic infection Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy. For the past […]

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Field Work: Coring Lakes in Lofoten, Norway

By • Jun 21st, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

In northern Norway, general trends of sea level lowering throughout the Holocene have been developed, with sea level in this area lowering ~10m over the past 6000 years. However, the details of this lowering are poorly constrained during the late Holocene (the past ~5000 years) (Møller, 1986). For my senior research project, I am studying […]

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Big Otter River Progress and Setbacks

By • Jun 21st, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

After a very rainy start to summer my research is underway and I am seeing great progress towards the restoration of the Big Otter River. Due to heavy rainfall through the month of June, my initial timeline was drastically changed. Instead of starting my project with initial observations in the field I instead started my […]

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Newberry, New Me

By • Jun 21st, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

The pun is awful, but the experience was great. This week, I had my first day of researching at Chicago’s Newberry Library. The staff was kind and helpful, and the library’s collection is incredible. They have almost every primary and critical literary source I need for my project at this stage, and it’s all accessible.…
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June 2018: Summer Field Season Begins

By • Jun 21st, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Ah, the field season – the best time of the year! This summer’s field season started strong back in May. And, as with the beginning of any field season, it began with a lot of logistics and planning. When tracking multiple species across three different field sites, it can sometimes be a challenge to have…
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Progress at the Pond

By • Jun 21st, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Over the past few weeks, I’ve made substantial progress on my research.  I spent a fair bit of time preparing instruments for the field. Over a number of days, I worked on calibrating the conductivity probe and depth probe which were installed in the retention pond.  Calibrating the conductivity probe involved making a number of […]

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Laying the Foundations

By • Jun 20th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

I didn’t really introduce myself in the abstract, so hello! My name’s Aly, and I’m a classics and linguistics major. My project this summer is centered around the transitional period between the linguistic dominance of Etruscan and Latin in the region of Italy called Etruria. The Etruscans were the other major ethnic group in Italy […]

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Training Complete

By • Jun 20th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

For the past few weeks, Dr. Hinton has trained me and my fellow summer lab members on various procedures and experimental techniques that are commonly used in lab. We have learned how to properly use the tissue culture room, which is a sterile room where we are able to culture various cell lines. There, we […]

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Protocols, Training, and First Western Blot

By • Jun 20th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

My first few weeks here on campus were full of learning procedures and protocols so that I could start doing experiments. The first week and a half, I began by learning how to make plasmids, which are circular strands of DNA that replicate independently. Plasmids can be used to manipulate cells to see what happens when […]

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