Oyster Shell Analysis at a Native American Site

For the past year I have been working closely with Dr. Martin Gallivan of the anthropology department at the College of William and Mary. His research focuses on Algonquian speaking groups in the Tidewater region, and I hope to contribute to that work by doing research at a Native Site along the York River.

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Characterization and Tracing of Thermoregulatory Neurons: Introduction

Since spring semester of my freshman year, I have been working in Dr. John Griffin’s lab.  Dr.  Griffin is a neuroscience professor at the college, and his research focuses on determining the thermoregulatory pathways in the hypothalamus.  In general, the lab studies the effects that certain drugs have on the firing rate of neurons to determine what receptors and molecules might be at play in thermoregulation.  Lately, however, I have been working on two new projects that could provide major breakthroughs in the study of thermoregulation.

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“The Panic of 1819 in Williamsburg and the Tidewater” Introductory Post

With my research this summer I wish to answer the following question: How did the Panic of 1819 and the subsequent depression affect the City of Williamsburg?  The panic of 1819 was America’s first major economic recession- in other words, the country’s first encounter with the “bust” part of the capitalist boom/bust cycle. During this period, Americans faced a level of economic hardship that they hadn’t faced since independence.   At the same time, Williamsburg was becoming increasingly irrelevant in the wake of the capital’s relocation to Richmond.   My own research will focus on creating a narrative of the events that occurred within Williamsburg during the period between 1818 and 1823 (that is, the generally accepted duration of the financial crisis).  With this research I hope to create articlewhich would lay out the economic effects that the crisis had on Williamsburg- in particular, the article would focus on the merchant families of the city, and how the panic affected their property and business interests.

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