Jul
29

Archaeology, the Fundementals

I consider Archaeology the softest of the hard sciences and the hardest of the soft sciences. We use the scientific method to inform ourselves about past cultures, and then to disseminate knowledge to the public. We are mediators to the past, finding artifacts, read material culture, and features, where human activity has displaced the soil…
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Jul
29

Historic St. Mary’s City

Historic St. Mary’s city is where I have been for the past nine weeks, with two more to go. Choosing Historic St. Mary’s city was not an accident. I did a field school there last year for Archaeology. In this area, it is one o the best. This year, I was asked to come back…
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Jul
26

♫ But Now We’re Stressed Out ♫

Happy Friday! I hope everyone is looking forward to a stress-free weekend. As the final week of summer research rapidly approaches, I’ve been burying myself in stress… research! Cell stress may not necessarily match your immediate definition of stress — at the cellular level, protein deprivation, viral infection, and overworked organelles constitute stress, rather than…
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Jul
22

True or fALS? Parallel mechanisms between familial and sporadic ALS-FTD

It’s been a few hectic weeks that have pulled me in several different directions! A quick recap of where we left off — the research literature surrounding the ALS-FTD disease spectrum has compelled me to examine the disease-causing role of membrane-less organelles, specifically those containing RNA-binding proteins (these organelles are generally referred to as RNP granules).…
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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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