Archives for the ‘Research’ Category

Healing and Memory, Part 1: Argentina

By • May 8th, 2018 • Category: anthropology, Hispanic Studies, Honors Thesis, Research

For the past several months, I have been studying abroad in La Plata, Argentina. I am taking classes and interning at the Comisión Provincial por la Memoria, a public and autonomous human rights organization. Because of my involvement with the Comisión, I have become immersed in the humanitarian and activist discourse of La Plata. Our […]

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Identifying the Genetic Underpinnings that Drive the Transition of Commensal Yeast Microbes to Opportunistic Pathogens

By • May 8th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

The unique relationship between humans and commensal microbes is a critical component of human health. Recent studies have shown that this relationship can be altered by the microbial evolution of social behaviors. Biofilms are complex microbial communities that can be found in a variety of environments. The formation of biofilms plays a vital role in driving […]

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Michael Sparrow – Ainulindalë: The Music of the Gods – Abstract

By • May 8th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Monroe, Research

In the beginning of J. R. R. Tolkien’s novel The Silmarillion, he compares the creation of Middle-earth to a song. My research goal for this summer is to produce an original, full-length interpretation of what that song might have sounded like. The orchestration of my composition will contain a separate instrument for each of the […]

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Exploring the Roles of Pseudophosphatase MK-STYX in Autophagy

By • May 7th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Exploring the Roles of Pseudophosphatase MK-STYX in Autophagy   Cells carry out an incredible variety of processes to keep themselves and the greater organism they comprise functioning efficiently and healthily. As with most complex systems, cells possess a means of eliminating unwanted components and reusing or recycling the individual parts of these superfluous components into […]

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Investigating the effects of reduced maternal investment in sea stars

By • May 7th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hello! I am currently researching the effects of reduced maternal investment in large egged sea stars. Right now, I am working with the sea star Henricia. Initially, I had planned to use the grant to purchase a different genus of large-egged sea star, Solaster, but the long winter has not provided optimal conditions for our […]

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Measuring extensional paleorifting in the Scottsville Basin

By • May 7th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

The Scottsville Basin is a small Mesozoic rift basin formed by extensional faulting in eastern North America. This basin is a very small geologic structure located in central Virginia between the Blue Ridge and Piedmont provinces.  It is bounded by a normal fault on its western border and a shallow normal fault on the eastern […]

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What genes are potentially involved in the organogenesis and/or maintenance of the Drosophila testis stem cell niche

By • May 4th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Stem cells play a critical role in organ development, tissue regeneration and tissue homeostasis. Testis of the adult fruit fly, D. melanogaster, are among the most thoroughly characterized stem cell systems. The Drosophila testis stem cell niche is comprised of three cell types: sperm producing germline stem cells (GSCs), somatic cyst stem cells (CySCs) that […]

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Abstract: Social phenotypes in S. cerevisiae

By • May 4th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Microbes were once thought to just float around at random not interacting with each other in a meaningful way, however we now know that they exhibit complex social interactions, such as cooperation, communalism, competition, and even chemical warfare. Saccharomyces cerevisiae is an extremely powerful model organism for studies of eukaryotic biology. It has been studied […]

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Native American Dance in Performance: A Choreographer’s Approach

By • May 4th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Having been a student of dance technique for most of my life, I was startled when I realized that my perspective on this art form is very narrow. I know dance to be an innately human means of emotional expression, storytelling and communal bonding. Yet, in my experience with dance, consisting almost exclusively of ballet-based […]

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Ethical Implications of CRISPR-cas9 Gene-Editing Technology

By • May 3rd, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Gene-editing is a process within genetic engineering through which scientists and researchers can alter, add, and even remove the DNA of a living organism.  On the cutting-edge of this field is a technology known as CRISPR-cas9. CRISPR, which stands for clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats, is a gene editing method derived from a biological […]

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