Jun
      01

      Recurring concepts in novels about women’s solidarity

      As I finish up my final term studying abroad at Oxford, questions and concepts that arose during my tutorials here are serving as important starting points for my research. I had the opportunity to create my tutorials this term, and I asked for one on “Female Friendships in Late 20th-century Literature,” thinking ahead to my…
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      Jun
      01

      Fantasy and Nationalism: Initial Thoughts and Future Plans

      Many people know of the story of Frodo, a humble hobbit who embarks on a quest, along with a fellowship of representatives of various peoples, to destroy a powerful and dangerous magic ring. Fewer people might be familiar with American Gods, in which Shadow, an ex-convict whose wife dies on the day of his release…
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      May
      31

      Colocalization Experiment: GFP-vErbA and mCherry-rc6-TRα1

      The mutant thyroid hormone receptor I have been studying, rc6, has a phenotype similar to that of a well characterized oncogenic protein: vErb-A. vErb-A is a highly mutated form of thyroid hormone receptor alpha that is linked to cancer formation. rc6 and vErb-A are both mutated forms of thyroid hormone receptor alpha. The mechanism by…
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      May
      31

      Experiments started

        I came back from the break a few days before the summer research started, so I spent some time organizing myself and figuring out the logistics for my synthesis. After discussing some experimental protocols with my adviser, I found out the reason for the unsuccessful reactions during the last semesters, and worked out a…
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      May
      31

      First Week of Research Complete

      I have been working on my honors thesis for about a week and I have made progress not only in reading, but also in collecting the books that I have set out to read throughout this summer. Luckily, I had met with my adviser before school ended and decided what books I should focus on…
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