Archives for the ‘Research’ Category

hTRa1 RTH Abstract

By • Mar 23rd, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Thyroid hormone receptors (TRs) contain nuclear localization signals (NLSs) and nuclear export signals (NESs), which allow them to undergo nucleocytoplasmic shuttling. Mutations in TRs have been associated with Resistance to Thyroid Hormone Syndrome (RTH). This proposal examines two separate mutations in the THRA gene, which encodes a major subtype of TR, called TRa1, that causes […]

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A Computational Model of Sensory Integration in the Insect Antennal Lobe

By • Mar 23rd, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

The overall aim of this project is to investigate via computational modeling the neural basis for multisensory integration within the insect antennal lobe (AL). The insect AL lies near the sensory periphery of the insect olfactory system and is well known to be the first brain region to substantially process odor information. Recent studies show […]

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3/20 Introduction to History Summer Research Project

By • Mar 23rd, 2019 • Category: China, history, Honors Thesis, Research

Dear all, I am thrilled to announce the commencement of my summer research project on early-twentieth-century Chinese constitutionalism. I wish you enjoyed the following introduction of my project and discussion of the topic’s historical significance.   The Little-known Modernity: The Late-Qing Constitutionalist Reform, 1901-1911 Department: History       Applicant: Zhengyuan Ling       Advisor: Eric […]

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Abstract: Feminist Philosophy

By • Mar 22nd, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

In Bodies That Matter and Gender Trouble, feminist philosopher Judith Butler argues for the existence of a fundamental metaphysical category: gender. Although scholars agree upon the opaqueness of Butler’s writing, some, including Ásta, have merely scratched the surface of true clarity with an analogy of Butler’s metaphysics to a Kantian framework. Through an expansion of […]

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Transnational study of the ABW

By • Mar 21st, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

This summer I will do a transnational comparative study of the Angry Black Woman persona. I chose to focus my research in the United States, Columbia and Brazil as these countries are where the largest number of enslaved Africans were taken during the Transatlantic slave trade. I plan to study this persona in Media. In […]

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Pseudo-protein may reduce cell trauma via non-specific cell recycling

By • Mar 21st, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Just like us, cells get stressed out. Cells become stressed when there is an external force like ultraviolet light, heat, or harsh chemicals that cause cellular conditions to be imbalanced. To cope with the external stressors, cells form these dense aggregations in the cytoplasm composed of messenger RNA (mRNA) and proteins. These dense aggregations are […]

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VIMS Research Project: Part 2

By • Mar 18th, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Project Results… Sort Of So the rollercoaster that has been my research experiment continues. A few months ago, I ran my experiment (see the previous post for details) and got some unusual results. For some reason, when we did the plaque assay and stained the cells, we didn’t see clear, countable plaques. Instead, for most […]

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March Update: Defense Date and the Ever Continuous Writing Process

By • Mar 18th, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

I cannot believe that it is less than a month until my thesis is due. It is a very odd thing looking back over outlines and completed chapters or chapter drafts and realizing that this is the manifestation of nearly two years of research. Two years of pouring over countless secondary sources, memoirs, and hundreds…
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February Update

By • Mar 1st, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Next week is spring break, and it is hard to believe that when we return to campus, there will be one month before my thesis is due. Where has the time gone? Over the past few weeks, I’ve spent countless hours double checking my data, computing variables, and coding video footage from sessions. My SPSS…
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Honors Blog 11: Writing and Replication

By • Mar 1st, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Over the past month I’ve primarily focused on assembling my honors committee, writing the methods and results sections of my thesis, and preparing for some supplementary experiments. Specifically I plan on using the Light Attenuation Measurement Apparatus to measure how much photosynthetically active radiation mud snail egg capsules block. I plan on measuring how egg…
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