Researching in Italy, the Terme di Diocleziano, and the Laudatio Turiae in person

 

Almost a full month since my return from Italy, I am finally settling in to begin the second phase of my research. To remind anyone reading, my summer research focuses on a laudatio funebris commonly known as the Laudatio Turiae, looking at both the importance that it represents as transitional document and the importance of the information on gender roles in the beginning of the Roman Empire that it carries. During the second part of my project, I will focus my efforts on the epigraphy of the inscription, especially the language itself. The third stage of my research will deal with the content of the document, particularly its representation of Augustan womanhood.

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We have algae!

We have finally seen the algae! It looks like how someone would expect to see algae. It’s a green brownish color and is slimy. Of all the plants that grow in the world it’s definitely not the most interesting in terms of looks or aesthetics, but it very well might be the next part of the solution to our energy crisis. In comparison to other alternative sources of energy like wind and solar, it is really easy to collect. We do not need any fancy expensive equipment or to worry about weather conditions (at least not too much). We are simply sticking screens in the water and letting algae grow and then raise the screens out and start scrapping some of the algae off of the screens. If this sounds tedious to you, that is because it is and part of my project that I will start working on now that we have the algae growing is making it simpler to collect.

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Floaters

This past week has been spent worrying about one type of bird: the floater. The birds I’m modeling breed in a fixed number of breeding territories, and typically there are more birds born than there are territories to accommodate them. Because there are no territories for them to breed in, they don’t reproduce, but they still hang around, eating food, trying to steal mating territories, and accumulating mercury.

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