Wrapping Up the Monarchs

Hello everyone!

Time has flown by, I am already back at school and things are on the right track. I have two interviews coming up in the next three weeks and I have managed to gather a small team of two, to accompany me in my endeavors. For those of you who might know them: Ben Fox, working on sound design and Talia Schmitt, working on interviews. The help will be much needed as the time leading up to these two interviews will be intense. I need to prepare the interviews, make sure all my equipment is operational and keep working with my contact in Mexico to plan for the winter.

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Visiting the Communities, Part 4: Vikas Mitra Training Session, Anganwadi Visit, and Focus Group Discussion – Blog Post #7

Continuing to post all my blogs 🙂


Saturday, July 2nd

Even though I wanted to stay for a few more weeks in Purnea to do field work, it all ends tomorrow. I feel like the research came off more as a school assignment than a partnership, which I don’t blame Pathfinder for because community-based participatory research is new territory for me and I could have communicated my project better. It was a struggle between trying to really invest as much time as I could in the communities and not interfering in Pathfinder’s work too much, given that there 1-year implementation project has several mini-deadlines and that they have really done a lot to make my trip successful. They were able to accommodate me for two-weeks in the field in Purnea, and I am really thankful for that. I will be returning to Patna tomorrow, where I still have a lot left to do. I’ll be able to go back to Pathfinder’s Bihar office, ask Arun Sir any remaining questions, and tie up any loose ends. But this is what I’ve been up to during my second week in the communities:

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Visiting the Communities, Part 3: ASHA Home Visits – Blog Posts #6

Continuing to post all my blogs 🙂


Sunday, June 26th 

Continuing on about my first week in Purnea and the communities:

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hillslope asymmetry update (3)

As I previously wrote, my samples have to be sealed and sit for at least three weeks. While waiting for this time period to pass, much of what I’ve been doing has been reviewing my proposal and beginning to write the ‘Introduction’ and ‘Method’ sections for my thesis. For this reason this blog will be relatively short. In starting to write my Introduction and Method sections, much of it has consisted of a literature review. I’ve been reading different scientific articles regarding previous research on hillslope asymmetry and valley asymmetry. These articles have been good as they give a background on the subject and serve somewhat as a guide for the structure of my thesis. I’ve found some of the studies to be somewhat inconsistent, with varying causes of hillslope asymmetry found with different groups and study areas. Mechanisms of asymmetric hillslope formation proposed in the literature can generally be grouped into two categories: (1) asymmetry caused by differences in the lithology and bedrock structure and (2) microclimate induced asymmetry- asymmetry caused by differences in microclimate on opposing hillslope sides. I’ve so far gotten a very good start to these sections. I will continue to read these articles in order to gather enough information to give a solid synopsis of past research on the topic for my introduction, and to continue to structure my thesis.

Border pattern TN completion

In this blog, I will show that a m-by-n partial Tn matrix with a border pattern can be completed to a TN matrix. I will use the Northwest principle and Lemma 1 from the previous blog.

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