Apr
17

Introductory Abstract

Focusing specifically on Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five and William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom!, I will analyze how trauma is understood, expressed, and responded to in Faulkner’s era as it compares to Vonnegut’s, using the theory of trauma put forth by Cathy Caruth’s Unclaimed Experience (1996). In my work, I will seek to exhibit the striking change in…
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Apr
17

The Dimetrodon Dilemma

Dimetrodon was the apex terrestrial predator of the early to middle Permian. This genus is a “pelycosaur”-grade synapsid, and a member of Sphenacodontidae the most derived family of basal synapsids. This “sail”-backed ancestor of mammals is conventionally depicted with sprawling posture, but this may be incorrect. Its trackways lack belly-dragging marks and its spine exhibits limited…
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Apr
17

French Colonialism in Senegal & Cross-Cultural Medicine

Hi, all! I’m so excited to be working on my Honors Thesis this summer in Dakar, Senegal. Check out the abstract for my research below!

Apr
17

An Analysis of Infectious Disease of African Americans from Slavery through the 20th Century

My Honors Thesis will investigate the relationship between social stratification and health for urban African Americans from the 18th through 20th centuries. I will examine three skeletal samples and analyze how disease rates changed both within and across these populations from slavery through the 1960s. This research is important for developing a new conceptual framework…
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Apr
16

Abstract: Environmental History and the Eastern Oyster

Oysters play a foundational role in Chesapeake Bay ecosystems. They filter water and provide shelter and food for other organisms. Because of human-caused climate change, oysters will become increasingly challenged by ocean acidification and other environmental stressors. My research will focus on how the environmental history of an oyster influences its physiological response to stress.…
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