Soil Bacteriophage

April 17,2010

Welcome to Viruses and Phage (I know,it’s redundant on purpose). This summer I will be researching soil phage and the length of their infectivity. Since there a few who use soil phage in their research, there is little information on these curious things. For one, how can they flourish in such a seemingly stagnant environment? In other words, how can they find their hosts if they are stuck in a setting which is not as fluid as water? Hopefully, I will be able to provide some insight into this question during the course of the summer of 2010.

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Introduction to the Effect of Satiety on Infants’ Acceptance of Foods

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My name is Kacie Burke, and I am a rising Junior at the College. Although many students have trouble deciding what field they want to study in college, I knew in high school that I wanted to major in Psychology. I did not know what area of Psychology I wanted to pursue until I took Developmental Psychology with Professor Forestell. As part of the class we had to conduct field observations at the local preschools and day cares. It was my field observation that motivated me to approach Professor Forestell about conducting research over the summer. Not only did I have such a great time playing with the children but I became intrigued by the patterns of behavior I noticed. During snack time, the parents always brought in three types of food including a healthy snack such as fruit, a sort of healthy snack such as crackers, and a sweet treat such as cookies. The dessert always disappeared first, followed by the crackers, while the fruit was always left to rot in the trash. I started to wonder why this was happening and what could be done to turn these children’s unhealthy eating patterns around. When Professor Forestell told me she was studying infants’ taste preferences and factors that affect their acceptance of different foods, I knew it was the perfect opportunity for me to learn about what I’ve observed during my field observations and contribute to the field.

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