Archives for the ‘William and Mary’ Category

What it might really mean when we capitalize certain words

By • Aug 16th, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Monroe, Research, William and Mary

We traditionally capitalize proper nouns in the English language in order to distinguish specific entities from generic terms. One capital letter can entirely change the meaning of a sentence. One might say, “I bought an Apple” in order to indicate that an Apple computer was purchased. While, “I bought an apple,” uncontroversially means that someone […]



Strike a Pose: Imaging and Cell Counting

By • Jul 17th, 2014 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research, William and Mary

The next step in the process of determining the effects of treatment on neural development is to visually count the cells in the developing nervous system. To do this, DAPI stained sections are imaged. From those images, a program counts the cells in t…



Lord, I was born a ramblin’ man

By • Jan 26th, 2009 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research, William and Mary

After a week of emails and phone calls, it now appears that I will be gone quite literally for half of the month of February.  I’m even going to be out of town for Darwin Day…
*tear
And speaking of evolution, cephalopods are extraordinarily intelligent animals:

And yet, Ed Yong writes that apparently there is a female bottlenose […]



I will never get tenure?

By • Jan 20th, 2009 • Category: Economics, Honors Thesis, Research, William and Mary

How many people have been thinking like this lately?  It is certainly the first I’ve heard of it.
In previous columns and in a recent book I have argued that higher education, properly understood, is distinguished by the absence of a direct and designed relationship between its activities and measurable effects in the world.
I’m not so […]



There is also no texting plan

By • Jan 13th, 2009 • Category: Economics, Honors Thesis, Ideation, pictures, Research, results, William and Mary

Good news: it looks like I have just one more day crunching numbers in the lab before I can start writing it all up.  I have 112 participants and solid p values (and what else do you really need?).
Bad news: I was under the impression that I was to produce an 8 to 10 page […]



Nocturne in E flat major

By • Dec 13th, 2008 • Category: communication, Honors Thesis, popular science, Research, William and Mary

It’s three in the morning (not exactly 4 am, but the metaphor holds true here). I should be working on graduate applications (due in two days), but I can’t focus.  I passed out this afternoon before I could make a second pot of coffee and ended up napping for about 8 hours (my roommate must […]



William and who?

By • Nov 5th, 2008 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research, William and Mary

I think I’ve figured out what’s going on with the data.  I don’t want to say too much yet, but I threw a semi-independent variable in as a factor in the ANOVA on a hunch and some interesting stuff precipitated out: some significant, some not so much, some the exact opposite of what we expected.  […]



My Textual History, or, How I Became Involved in Research and Started Losing My Hair pt. V

By • Jul 15th, 2008 • Category: Bibliography, Bindings, Collators, Editing, Honors Thesis, Manuscripts, Paper, Parnassus, Printing, Research, Return from Parnassus, Thesis, William and Mary

I now move on to the main part of my research experience, which has consumed the past three years of my life. Beginning my sophomore year, I began working with a play entitled The Return from Parnassus (I often refer to it in its original form—The Returne from Pernassus, or just Returne). Two other students […]

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A Thesis in Search of an Adviser

By • Jul 15th, 2008 • Category: Adviser, advising, Charles Center, China, Honors Thesis, Research, Thesis, William and Mary

All my plans were disrupted by my year abroad in China. I had taken the Junior Honors Seminar in spring 07, with a plan to write my thesis during the 07-08 school year. I had an adviser lined up who was interested in and knowledgeable about my project. But then China came and no thesis […]

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My Textual History, or, How I Became Involved in Research and Started Losing My Hair pt. II

By • Jul 9th, 2008 • Category: Bibliography, Collators, Hamlet, Honors Thesis, Jane Austen, Rare Book School, Research, Shakespeare, Swem, William and Mary

I had developed an interest in Jane Austen sometime in middle school—I first read Emma, which remains my least favorite JA novel, though that did not deter me from plunging headlong into Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Mansfield Park, and Persuasion (all of which I distinctly enjoyed). During Christmas vacation my freshman year (December […]

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