Jul
20

July Research Update

After conducting primary source research in New York and California, I’m in the process of scouring critical works and compilations to find out what works will really be at the center of my thesis. Originally, I had thought that I would focus almost solely on Ginsberg’s “Howl” and Coltranes “A Love Supreme”. However, after beginning…
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Jul
19

The devil’s café au lait

I found the phrase “devil’s café au lait” used as a description for mixed race people in a book and immediately decided to make it my title. It seems to have originated as an Arabic proverb and then passed into French usage in northern Mali, but it’s hard to say exactly when. The past couple…
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Jul
18

July Update: Behind the scenes of designing a study

This month I have worked on designing my first in-person laboratory experiment. Some of the steps are similar to the ones taken to get a survey experiment up and running, but there are additional procedures to get a lab study ready.  The first step for both types of studies is to write an IRB proposal.…
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Jul
18

Update: Social Phenotypes in S. cerevisiae

Many of the observed social phenotypes in microbes are dependent on cell surface proteins called adhesins. Adhesion proteins in yeast typically have a three-domain structure in which each domain performs a different function. At the C-terminal end of the protein there is a GPI-anchor attachment site that allows the protein to become embedded into the cell…
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Jul
17

Tea and Hops Extracts!

Hello! Currently in our endeavor to understand the glycolytic enzyme LDH and its relation to disease states like Alzhiemer’s disease and cancer we have decided to explore other possible oxidants than bleach. To do this we chose catechols and their respective derivatives. Essentially we are looking at ring systems with para and meta positioned hydroxyl…
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