T. E. Lawrence and the revolution in British military thought

John Keegan wrote in The Face of Battle about the paradoxical preference of military historians for the study of armed forces in peacetime: “War…is the institutional military historian’s irritant. It forces him, whose urge is to generalize and dissect, to qualify and particularize and above all to combine analysis with narrative – the most difficult of all the historian’s arts.” My research this summer will not focus on war – but it will also not focus on institutions in the conventional sense. My research falls into the rather foggy field of military intellectual history, which is the history of military concepts and ideas.

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Inflammation and Parkinson’s disease

Hello, my name is Yong Hwan Kim, and I’m a rising senior at the college. This summer, I will be investigating how the microglia-mediated brain inflammatory response affects the development of Parkinson’s disease(PD).

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Geographically, Ireland is a medium-sized rural island that is slowly but steadily being consumed by sheep

That title comes to us courtesy of Dave Barry, and while it is immensely entertaining, I remain somewhat skeptical 🙂

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Chimpanzees, captive primate welfare, and my summer trip to Uganda

Hello, everybody! My name is Brittany Fallon, and I am a junior Anthropology and Linguistics major at the College of William and Mary. This summer I’ll be conducting research in the Kasokwa Forest Reserve, Uganda from May until August! My time there will be spent collecting data on chimpanzee behavioral ecology for Dr. Janette Wallis (a dear friend of my adviser, Dr. Barbara King), but I will also be working on my Honors Thesis which involves welfare of captive non-human primates.

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Pax5

My name is Amber Bruce. I am currently a junior at the College, majoring in Biology. This summer I will be working on a project in Professor Zwollo’s Immunology lab. The lab looks at Pax5, a transcription factor involved in B-cell development. Pax5 is known to be alternatively spliced during B-cell development, but the function/purpose of the splice forms in unknown. My project this summer aims to correlate alternative splicing with an immune response in spawning Alaskan salmon. For this project, I will be using real-time PCR to look at expression levels of Pax5 full length and Pax5 isoform. I will then aim to correlate these values with an immune response by measuring levels of secreted and membrane immunoglobulin. Assuming that spawning leads to stress, this project will allow us to further characterize the role of alternative splicing during B-cell development and activation.
I am very excited about this project and I cannot wait until this summer when I will finally have the time to devote all of my attention to work in the lab. The results will be very interesting and will hopefully pave the way for more interesting studies in the future!
Waiting for summer,
Amber