Researching History: What we can get from it.

Hello people of the internet!

My name’s Jacob and I’m very excited to be typing what is my very first blog post, which is quite surprising given me being alive in the technologically advanced age with the internet! Just as I get used to  gadgets and programs that have an ‘i’ as a prefix, something newer seems to come along. It’s ironic that my research focuses on the less technologically advanced, but equally complex and exciting period of 20th century Europe!

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Investigating the role of Hsp90 in the nucleus

I am a biology major currently finishing my chemistry degree requirements at St Andrews University, Scotland. For the past couple of years, I have become intrigued with new discoveries in scientific journals concerning phenotypic plasticity, miRNA regulation, agouti mice, and modification of histone tails.  Epigenetics fascinates me. The more I learn, the more I look for ways to be part of epigenetic research.  As I look ahead to Summer 2014, I am excited to begin studying the heat shock protein 90 (Hsp90) as it interacts with the chromatin. I am interested in how Hsp90’s function at the nucleus is affected when the cellular environment changes during stress, aging, and disease. At the Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics (MPI-IE), Freiburg, Germany, I will try to unveil the difference between Hsp90 in the nucleus and the Hsp90 in the cytosol. This project is the perfect way to continue learning about the complexity of genetics. I am excited and honored to have the opportunity to contribute to the understanding of the function of Hsp90 in the cell.

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Post-Franco Spain: Testimony and Mourning as Acts of Resistance

My name is Michael Le, and I am a rising senior majoring in Hispanic Studies with a minor in Japanese, though it is my affinity for cultural studies and frank curiosity that drives my ultimate goals of becoming a translator. Having said this, I never imagined having the opportunity to work with Professor Francie Cate-Arries on her project investigating the role of testimony in Post-Franco Spain, particularly the effects of the oppressive regime on the new, emerging Spanish culture seeped in a tradition of repressed grievance and wide spread amnesia. Now, in the wake of the 2007 Ley de la memoria histórica, a government incentive to address the atrocities and injustices of Franco’s dictatorship, one cannot ignore the role of testimony and memory as invaluable sources of information both in terms of constructing identity and establishing alternative histories. I’ve taken three courses with Professor Cate-Arries and am familiar with her project having helped translate and subtitle her documentary La memoria se abre paso posted below. As such, my work this summer in transcribing and subtitling testimonies will offer insight into both the shatteringly human voice in the face of the Franco regime and the reclamation of memory as an act of self-agency.

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Kinetic Method

Hi! My name is Denise Lee and I am a sophomore. My major is chemistry. I am very interested in physical chemistry and have been conducting research under the supervision of Professor Poutsma whose research involves physical chemistry.

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