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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Apr
16

Paleoclimate history and storm variance in Sandsvatn, Faroe Islands

The goal of my research is to study a sediment core from Lake Sandsvatn in the Faroe Islands, located in the North Atlantic Ocean.  This will help interpret the past climate of the region.  A high resolution record of grain size changes from this sediment core will provide a record of storm intensity and frequency,…
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Apr
13

The Urban Migration of Maasai to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Tanzania’s Maasai communities have historically occupied the northern Ngorongoro region of the country, employing semi-nomadic and pastoralist practices. However, influxes of young Maasai have recently migrated to urban centers seeking economic and social opportunity, or escaping government seizure of pasture lands for investment. Young Maasai men are the primary population undergoing the urban migration, and typically…
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Apr
12

Persuasion in Discourse: Evaluation Strategies of Vegans

Due to their minority position in society, vegans, or individuals who refrain from consuming animal products, are constantly subject to criticisms of their way of life. As a result, I argue that the linguistic tools vegans utilize to characterize their lifestyle play a crucial role in the success of their interactions and in the process…
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Apr
12

Utilization of ULP1 in the Development of a Novel Prostate Cancer Test

I intend to continue my research in the Young biochemistry lab, which in part explores the various uses of unnatural amino acid chemistry and utilization in protein structure. I will be mutating, isolating, and adding fluorescence to a ubiquitin-like protease, ULP1, that binds to certain chemical signals called SUMO that are upregulated in prostate cancer…
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