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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Investigating Environmental Awareness at Aspen TREE

Greetings! My name is Richie Thaxton and I am a rising junior here at the College of William and Mary as well as a physics major. I have the privilege this summer to return to my beautiful home state of Colorado to conduct research at the environmentally-focused, non-profit organization Aspen TREE in order to learn how they cultivate an ecological orientation with those in, and those who work with, their organization. As it stands right now, I will be able to examine the development of ecological awareness in three different capacities: through education into environmental practices I and others working at Aspen TREE will receive, by teaching others, particularly of the younger generation, and at an administrative level.

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The Role of the Irish Film Culture in Shaping Homophobia and Xenophobia

My name is Alberta Kallon. I am a rising junior double majoring in Psychology and Film and Media Studies. My research is concerned with the role Irish film culture plays in shaping the issues of homophobia and xenophobia.  I will employ a cultural relative and holistic approach, using the Irish film culture as a text and basis for my research on these contemporary issues. The Irish Film Institute and the Irish Film Board are two institutions that will give me an overview of the Irish film culture; therefore I will be spending about a week at both institutions, talking to their staff and members. In addition, I will be attending a few film festivals like the Galway Film Festival in Galway, Corona Film Festival in Cork and the Finghal Film Festival in Dublin.  Through these film festivals I hope to learn about the way Irish people interact with and respond to both Irish and international films that deal with issues of race and sexuality. By combining all the data from the film institutions and film festivals, I hope to not only learn the role of film in reproducing these social issues, but also how film can be utilized to eliminate the very same issues.