Non-profit Symbiosis and the Necessity of the Permaculture Paradigm

Wow! It has been quite a while since my last post, but this, I’m more than happy to say, is because of the great amount I’ve been able to accomplish and learn in that time span. While I could go on for blog post after blog post about all the environmental initiatives taking place in this Colorado valley along with everything I accomplished over the course of the internship, I unfortunately must limit this adventure to a mere summary. Boy, am I excited to finish the report though!

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Historical Memory in Cádiz: summary of research findings

Projects of historical memory are primarily the work of the descendants of the victims on the loosing side of the Spanish Civil War. Many of these relatives are members of the first Spanish generation raised totally in democracy, the grandsons and granddaughters of the thousands of Andalucians killed, oppressed, and forced to disappear during the dictatorship of Francisco Franco. Their families are the secondhand victims who suffered through a ban on memorial activities during the Dictatorship and the pact of silence aimed at preserving the uneasy peace during the transition to Democracy. Proponents of Spanish historical memory emphasize that their goal is not to reopen old wounds. However, the history of the Spanish Civil War, a conflict between the political left and right, is controversial by nature in a modern society that is still deeply divided. Despite the honest intentions of many Spaniards who seek nothing more than a proper burial for their loved ones, the act of remembering their dead has become a strong political statement.

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Data Wrap-Up and Moving Forward

Wow, what an experience this summer was for me and my research! I couldn’t be more happy with the data and progress I was able to collect in the amount of time I had. Regrettably, I do not have enough data to be completely satisfied, but on the bright side, it just leaves me more experience in the lab ahead. Undoubtedly, my exposure and time spent on the 3rd floor of the ISC has prepared me for future endeavors in the scientific field. There is, of course, much more to learn and more to research but at least I got my feet wet with a full-time workday in the lab.

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