Reductions and Revisions

My most recent work in the lab has been to reduce the an ester to a primary alcohol. In other words, we’re attempting to alter the oxidation state of a particular portion of the compound. To this end, we’re using the reducing agent diisobutylaluminum hydride, or Dibal-H, for the reaction. This reagent is a bit dangerous to work with it, because it is pyrophoric, meaning it spontaneously ignites in air at room temperature. This requires that we make a 1.0 molar solution of Dibal-H in a solvent, which will be added to the starting material.

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Writing about “7 Days in Havana” for the World Film Locations: Havana book

Hi all! With this blog post, we are even closer to finalizing the draft manuscript for World Film Locations: Havana.  Recent work has focused around the non-text portion of the book, specifically the Biographies and “Go Further” sections.  I have been compiling contributing authors’ bios, translating them to English (if originally in Spanish), and discovering new Cuban Film resources for “Go Further,” a short end-of-book chapter on ways to immerse oneself in Cuba’s cinematic culture from home.  Most significantly, I have created an additional scene description piece about the recent film “7 Days in Havana” [7 Días en La Habana].  The film offers a fascinating glimpse into contemporary Havana life, and features an incredibly unique cinematic structure.  It is divided into 7 chapters, each directed by a different international director.  The nationalities of the directors range from Cuban to American to Palestinian to French, producing a rich, diverse work of film.  I feel particularly connected to this film after having visited Havana last summer, where I met its principal screenwriter, Leonardo Padura. He mentioned the film in our conversation, and I have been waiting with baited breath to watch it ever since.  Thanks to my research adviser Ann Marie Stock, I was able to view the film and write about it for World Film Locations: Havana.  Below is a behind-the-scenes look at my scene description draft.  The timecode in the top left corresponds to the particular scene I am writing about, the scene from which I took still frames to accompany the piece (see last post on screen grabs).  I have included the stills below the text.  Enjoy!

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Final Summary: Nutrition Tracking

Though I will be continuing this project throughout the coming semester, I have summarized my research from my work in-country and explained how it has impacted  my data analysis strategy thus far.

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The Future of SNA

Throughout meetings and interviews during May trip the team and I found that there has been some movement within the focus groups in Chaguite. These focus groups were a result of the sample study done by Copeland and the team 2 years before. The movement is not necessarily bad as long as the practices can still be built off the organic organization. The movement does indicate, though, that the sample study, as it was not a population study, did not paint a complete picture of Chaguite’s communication and leadership network.

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Protein tags

The project I worked on this summer is ongoing, so by the time I joined, a lot of work had already been completed. The first “phase” of our project involves creating a plasmid (or small, circular piece of DNA) that when expressed will yield our fusion protein (TRα or individual domains with a peptide tag fused to it).

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