Week 1: Library of Congress, The Law, and Lots of Voicemails

Today marks the end of my first week of research, and also one of the most educational weeks of my life. I knew that self-guided research would take a lot of organization, self-motivation, and tenacity, but I was unprepared for the learning curve I was up against, and the amount of patience it would take to overcome. No matter how organized you might be on your own, community engagement requires that others be on their game as well, and that is often not the case. Thus, many voicemails, a lot of phone tag, and repeated explanations that, no, you are not a member of the press.

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The Effects of Microwave Irradiation on Glaser-Hay Coupling Reactions

I will be producing a small molecule library of small molecules, specifically bisacetylenes, with varying functionalities that will be tested on miRNAs with the hypothesis that they will have some effect of the regulation of miRNA’s.  The misregulation of miRNAs has been attributed to the cause of various cancers and diseases; therefore, being able to fix this misregulation has become a major scientific inquiry in the world of cancer research.

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Scaling Up Nutrition: Effectiveness in the Local Context

This summer I will be studying abroad in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. I haven’t travelled much before and I’m incredibly excited to live in a new place and explore a new culture. I also didn’t want to waste the opportunity to conduct research abroad and applied for funding to conduct my project, entitled Scaling Up Nutrition: Effectiveness in the Local Context.

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Objects of Remembrance in Spain

In the 1930’s Spain was experiencing a civil war the result of which was the victory and subsequent repressive dictatorship of Francisco Franco, lasting from 1939 to 1975. My time spent in Cádiz, Spain last summer made it clear that, though Franco had died, there were some lingering wounds and memories that some people did not want to think about anymore. Last Fall Professor Cate-Arries taught a seminar on Franco’s Ghosts, wherein we studied the expressions of power and resistance left behind by both the regime and the victims, as well as the current efforts to recover memory of the period. One way to recovery memory is through objects—objects that belonged to victims, objects from the period, objects from specific events, and many more that aid and symbolize remembrance for survivors.

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Nutrition Resources Tracking in Kampala, Uganda

Hello! My name is Emily Mahoney and I’m a rising junior, majoring in Economics and Public Health.  This summer, I will be traveling to Kampala, Uganda as part of the AidData Summer Fellows program. This program is an effort in conjunction with USAID’s Higher Education Solutions Network (HESN) that aims to increase the use of AidData’s geocoded information in developing countries.  I will be working with a partner institution in Kampala, providing training that will increase the staff’s ability to analyze foreign aid information, visualize the data through geocoding, and inform the planning of various aid projects.

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