Electrochemistry Everywhere

Data collected from the electrochemistry studies from the last few weeks gave us interesting results on the metal ligand complexes, leading to the growth of the family. There are a variety of studies that are done using electrochemistry, one of which is changing the acid concentration the complex is tested in. The main metal complex I studied the past academic year was found to decompose after being exposed to air during this test, making it a bit difficult to conduct the study. However, this particular complex is shown to reduce hydrogen at a more positive reduction potential than the one it is based off of, supporting our hypothesis about the effects of electron donating and withdrawing groups. Currently I am conducting a study where the complex is dissolved in buffer solutions of varying pH to determine how well the complex works in different acidic conditions, particularly pH 7 since the ultimate goal is to synthesize a complex that works in water. The next goal is to obtain various electrochemistry results that give insight into the mechanism and characteristics of the catalytic ability of the complex to generate hydrogen.

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Where to Begin?

I began by finding transcriptions that had been previously coded by my advisor, Professor Aday, and by MANOS member, Kristin Giordano ( ’14). Using the original, non-coded version of the same transcription went through and coded the data myself.

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CoLang 2014

I’m in the middle of my second week of CoLang here in Arlington, TX. Texas isn’t as hot and dry as I had imagined, so that’s nice. It’s even stormed a few times!

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She lives, she breathes, she is beautiful

To my always growing audience of enthusiastic readers and loving admirers,

“What’s new?” people like to ask me about my project. “How’s the research?” they wonder. “Are the birds safe yet?”

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A Foray into GIS Instruction

After a week-long delay, caused by some difficulties coordinating with TI-U’s partner organizations, we are now nearing the completion of our second week of ArcGIS trainings. These trainings are divided into two sections, each of which meets twice a week for two hours, thus providing TI-U staff and its partners with a great deal of flexibility. This flexibility was a necessity given the hectic work schedules of training participants, many of whom divide their time between Kampala and frequent excursions into the field. As of right now, we are training nine individuals, four of whom are from TI-U, while the other five are divided between Citizen Watch-IT (election monitoring and social accountability) and Action for Development (women’s empowerment and advocacy).

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