Jul
20

Shifted Focus: Morocco

Due to unfortunate circumstances regarding travel, I have had to shift the focus of my project to Morocco. However, I think the change in my project will make it ultimately stronger. I am no longer studying water management issues, but rather, another large problem affecting Moroccans: trash and waste management. I spent two months in…
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Jul
18

Mushrooms Tell me I’m a Real Fungi

Hi all, this week has been marked by constant researching regarding the biological uptake of Americium-241 and Cesium-137. One of the primary variables I am interested in that determines the migration of Cs-137 through the soil is the recycling of Cs-137 due to fungi, plants and trees. I don’t think that this trend applies to…
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Jul
14

Figuring out the Trends in Am-241 and Cs-137 Peak Depths

Hi everyone! Currently, I am sifting through dozens of papers to get a better understanding of Am-241 and Cs-137 mobility through the ground. I have about 2/3 of the data I intended to collect from my soil cores at this point, and I am in the midst of interpreting what is occurring. The soil depth…
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Jul
11

A Whole World of Salvadoran Scholarship and Art

In eighteen days I will be flying to a small country only 941 mi away from the equator: El Salvador. It will be my first time going back to my parents’ homeland in about eight years. When I was a child, we would go frequently. However, due to increased gang activity, corrupt government officials, and…
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Jul
09

In a Bind: RNP Granule Sequestration of RNA-Binding Proteins

Happy July! In cell-ebration of the 4th, I have begun to push my CellDesigner model along, zeroing in ribonucleoprotein (RNP) granules. RNP granules are a class of membrane-less organelles (see last post) that contain RNA-binding proteins (RBPs), RNA, etc., and their dysfunction is implicated in ALS-FTD pathology. RBPs, as previously noted, are prevalent in the…
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