Archives for the ‘Research’ Category

Yeast Transformations

By • Jul 24th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

The goal of my project is to determine if the evolution of sexual agglutinin genes is a possible mechanism behind speciation. These past two weeks, I’ve been performing transformations to insert the sexual agglutinin genes I am analyzing into European, Migrant and North American strains of Saccharomyces paradoxus. My first step in performing a transformation involves […]

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Three Weeks In

By • Jul 24th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Well now that I am just over three weeks into my research I suppose it’s time to update everyone on what I have been up to. My research has been going great and so far, has been about laying the groundwork for the analysis to come. From choosing market leaders to exploring the changes from […]

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July Blog Post–An Alternative Approach

By • Jul 24th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

My recent attempts to perform the aromatic substitution have not been particularly successfully. Therefore, I have been looking up alternative procedures to achieve the pendant amine. Initial tests of new procedures on the unsubstituted ligand yielded little amount of product. To work around this, I decided to use the same procedure on the precursor of…
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The Print Blocks Strike Back – Winterthur Week 8

By • Jul 24th, 2017 • Category: history, Honors Thesis, Research

You Thought They Were Gone For Good… And honestly, so did I. When Paula and I finished photographing the last box of print blocks, I thought that would be the end of it for me. But it wasn’t. It really wasn’t. Because in addition to the 12 boxes of print blocks, Winterthur also received two […]

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July Update: Synthetic Success and Photochemistry Potential

By • Jul 24th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hello everyone! This past month has been a very exciting time in my project. I ran my synthetic protocol more slowly the first time, making sure that my intermediate steps were pure before moving on to the next step. I verified that I made my final product but my yield was too small. To gather…
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July 24: where international relations and comparative politics intersect

By • Jul 24th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Ideally, any research project should find a “gap” in the literature where your project will contribute genuinely “new” knowledge. My research on Spain and Syria has made it clear to me that despite falling under the broad umbrella of political science, international involvement in civil wars is a fairly under-researched phenomenon. Most civil war research […]

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Week 5 Update: Talking to Incredible People

By • Jul 24th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hello everyone! This will be my second update since starting work on my project this summer. I’m proud to say that I have nearly finished up my data collection! This has consisted of qualitative interviews with representatives of community reentry organizations, largely about their services, the challenges that they and their clients face, and how […]

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Final Update: “Carcinogen Regulation: A Working System or A System that Needs Work?”

By • Jul 24th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

As of now I have completed the final draft of my paper other than minor tweaking and formatting issues. Since the beginning of the summer I feel like I have gained more knowledge about the topic of regulation than I originally thought I would be able to. Although I feel I have done a decent […]

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The First Draft (yikes!)

By • Jul 23rd, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Over the past week or two I’ve been trying to take the 30-40 hours of interviews I collected and boil them down into a couple key themes and a paper of reasonable length. I’m still wading through the transcripts and coding, but the deadline, only about a month away, is making me a nervous. I’ve decided […]

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Board Games and Political Theory- Part 2

By • Jul 23rd, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

After completing the concept diagram of IR theories and concepts I began the next step of my research: analyzing board game rule-books. I consider this phase to be the ‘meat’ of my research. The concept diagram (phase 1) was compiled to enable board game analysis and any educational applications of the relationship between board games […]

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