Egyptians, Democratization, and Revolution

Hi! My name is Yussre ElBardicy and I’m a rising junior majoring in Mathematics and Computer Science. I’ve always loved Egypt since that’s where my family is from and that’s where I’ve spent most of my summers. However, I only became interested in the politics of Egypt after the 2011 uprising and especially after spending my entire summer of 2013 in the midst of the coup.

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Peter Colwell at AidData Nepal

IMG_6381Namaste, readers.
It will be my pleasure to act as your window onto Kathmandu University (KU), AidData, and the partnership between the two. This summer I will be filling the shoes Sarah Rock and Carleigh Snead left in Nepal in 2013. For a good read, I encourage you all to check out their blog posts elsewhere on this site. Since the summer, KU and AidData have worked together on several collaborative initiatives, including a joint presentation at the Transparency International-Nepal International Conference in December 2013 and co-hosting an open data working group in February 2014. I hope to maintain and improve this excellent relationship in the coming months.

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Film and Sublime Experience

Hi, I’m Sara Suarez, and for my summer research project, “Communicating Sublime Experiences Through Film,” I’ll be researching how artists portray encounters with the sublime — and I’ll be making a short experimental film based on these findings.

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Axonal Degeneration In Injured Avian Neurons

Hello! My name is Christian Leatherman and I am a Sophomore majoring in Biology. I am conducting my research under the guidance of Dr. William Buchser. My acquired interest for the degeneration of axons has led me to this particular field of research. The main question I aim to answer is what is the exact sequence of events that occurs in an avian axon that leads to its destruction and how can we prevent this from happening? We already know that there is a highly conserved gene, known as SARM, that when inhibited, disables the active component of Wallerian degeneration. Wallerian degeneration is the synchronous fragmentation of the axon after injury. Other labs have produced results studying the effects of Wallerian degeneration and the effect of SARM on Drosophila, mice, and zebra fish. We are the only lab that is currently using avian (zebra finch) neurons as our subject.

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How do changes in offspring provisioning influence larval and juvenile development in seastars?

Hi, My name is Stacy Trackenberg and I am a rising junior here at William and Mary. I am a biology major and a marine science minor. This summer I will be traveling to the University of Washington’s Friday Harbor Marine Labs in Friday Harbor, Washington to conduct research on seastars with Dr. Allen. Seastars are interesting because some species have large eggs and others have small eggs. Species with large eggs are initially provisioned with all of the energy the larvae need to reach metamorphosis. Species with smaller eggs have less provisioning and that hatch into larvae that must feed in order to reach metamorphosis. Before they go through metamorphosis, all of the larvae are planktonic, meaning they swim in the water column and are susceptible to predation. Once the larvae settle and go through metamorphosis to become juveniles, they live on the bottom of the ocean, or the benthos. My work will compare the larval and juvenile development in species of seastar with large and small eggs. We are trying to discover if species with different development modes (feeding versus nonfeeding) develop differently when offspring provisioning is reduced. To do this, I will manipulate the offspring provisioning in the eggs from the mother by inducing eggs to twin, creating two smaller eggs and thus two smaller larvae than from a single egg.

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