Archives for the ‘Research’ Category

Senate Internship: 06/24-07/07

By • Jul 20th, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, internship, Research

Hi all! If there’s one thing this job is not, that would be predictable. Each week and each day is a surprise, constantly throwing new problems, tasks, and opportunities at you—I love it. Last week started off with a surprise: I gave my first tour. This was an opportunity for improvisation not only because I […]

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Senate Internship: 06/10-06/23

By • Jul 20th, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, internship, Research

Hi all! Still figuring out all the ins and outs of life on the Hill, bit by bit. My Metro navigation skills are honed, and I finally got a monthly pass so I don’t need to constantly reload my card. Living in a city is much more liberating than I imagined; I can pretty much […]

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Senate Internship: 06/03-06/09

By • Jul 20th, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, internship, Research

Hi all! My name is Jack, and I am a rising Junior at W&M. I am an International Relations major, minoring in Film and Economics. This summer, I am spending 10 weeks as a legislative intern for a Democratic senator from my home state. I will refrain from mentioning “the boss” (that’s what everybody calls […]

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Research Summary: Microglia and Inflammation in ALS

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

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a fatal neurodegenerative disease. Two hallmarks of the disease are abnormal protein aggregates and chronic neuroinflammation. This summer, I investigated the role of chronic neuroinflammation in ALS progression. As the central nervous system’s resident immune cells, microglia play significant roles in the initiation and regulation of neuroinflammation. Among numerous pathways that […]

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Post #5: Chimera Science

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

Hi everyone! As you might remember from my last post, I successfully expressed the autophagy marker LC3 in HeLa cells, but it did not co-localize with my mutant receptor. Since then, I have been researching different methods that I could potentially use to study the protein aggregation of mutant tc-TRa1. One particular method that I am investigating is…
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LEADing from the Inside

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

Hello again! I am finally back with my second summer blog post. A lot has changed since I last wrote; I have traveled to Morocco to work for LEAD Africa as both a researcher and intern. LEAD Africa is one of the first-ever hybrid sport-for-development soccer academies in the developing world. The academy combines intense…
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Shifted Focus: Morocco

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

Due to unfortunate circumstances regarding travel, I have had to shift the focus of my project to Morocco. However, I think the change in my project will make it ultimately stronger. I am no longer studying water management issues, but rather, another large problem affecting Moroccans: trash and waste management. I spent two months in…
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Research Update 2: Oh So Many Oysters!

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

My first three weeks of lab work have gone very smoothly!  The first week I started off as the only student in the lab which left for long and quiet days.  Now there are up to six other people in the lab with me leaving for a much more talkative and bustling day!  I have […]

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Laguerre-Gaussian Modes: Post #2

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

Early this week, I completed the data collection for all the requested LG modes and their superpositions. I sent the images and matrices to LSU for our collaborators to inspect. We will hear back from them soon about their findings. In the meantime, I started a new, but related, part of the project. I have […]

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An Update on Player-tracking and Win Probability

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

This portion of my research has me delving into two important facets of my final goal. By the end, I want to estimate the contribution of a defensive player to the number of games a team wins. The majority of studies connect performance to wins by calculating a continuous value for win probability over the […]

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