Cambridge >>> Oxford & Other Things We Learned This Weekend.

Hi hello! So we just finished up week four, which is sad because I’m just not ready to leave Cambridge, or the U.K. However, last weekend we were invited to Hertford College at Oxford University for a tea, info session, and a gala dinner. All of which were extremely fun. So shoutout to Oxford for being hospitable.

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Summer Research Update #2

Hello everyone!

As the summer has gone on, I have learned that the more times I do something, the better it ends up working.  This past week, I have been devoting nearly all my time to working out the problems with the Sonogashira coupling step in the synthesis of my profluorophore.  This procedure is complex, involving air-sensitive compounds.  Thus, I’ve spent quite a bit of time filling balloons with Argon to run the reaction in these conditions.

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Swimming and Sweating

Today my partner, Holly Funkhouser, capsized our canoe.


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A Dog’s Life Live Steam plus CW Guest Blog Entry

Hello all,

Today I am in preparation to give a live stream performance of the “Dog’s Life” tour tomorrow morning at 10am. I am somewhat nervous about this since the usual tour follows a different order for the objects and covers a wider variety of objects, but I am ready to give it my best effort. You never know until you try, right? After I finish speaking, the tour will open for live Q&A where guests can ask myself or Jan Gillian, one of our curators, questions about dogs, ceramics in the surrounding exhibit, or anything at all (within reason, of course). At the end, Liberty, one of Colonial Williamsburg’s trained dogs, will be present to give the audience a little living, breathing, dog interaction. It should be a fun and educational experience, so I am definitely looking forward to tomorrow!

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What a difference a month can make!

At the beginning of July, fresh out of finishing the fieldwork portion of my summer research, I had eight days worth of backlogged data from both myself and my professor Dan Cristol (who was my other field work half this summer), 11,000 lines of digital data to proof, and a poster draft due by the end of the month. Now being the end of July, with a family vacation on the immediate horizon and the largest ornithological conference in the history of North American Ornithology in two weeks, I am in a wildly different place. After finding the most nimble keyboard available on campus (hint, the new ones in Swem) I was able to swiftly dispatch the rest of the data entry within a few days. By July 9 my data was completely entered and proofed and my working knowledge of the lyrics in the most recent “Lumineers” album nearing perfection after hours stuffed up behind a computer. With that taken care of my next task was to begin the analysis. To do so required delving into the world of statistics programs. In my case I used Distance Sampling and R; two programs with rather steep learning curves. A few sit down sessions with Professor Matthias Leu later I was more or less on track to have some analyses completed for the North American Ornithological Conference (NAOC), which is now in just about two weeks!

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