Abstract: GED Programming in Correctional Facilities

The purpose of this project is to examine the functioning of GED programming at the local, state and federal level. The question of how many inmates are in need of a GED versus how many actually obtain their GED is a pertinent one. If there is a gap, then discovering the reasons for that gap can lead to a more productive program. This project would encourage communication and collaboration between the government and the community as well as promote awareness of correctional education, setting an example for other communities to follow. There is also the potential for this project to add to the discussion on state and/or local legislation concerning educational programming in correctional facilities in the future.

Abstract: Smart Garbage Software Development in Israel

The Internet of Garbage (IoG) is a term coined by GreenQ which means applying data analysis concepts to garbage and municipal maintenance facilities. GreenQ is a startup software company in Israel that develops software to analyze garbage consumption so municipal authorities can more efficiently pick up garbage.  The subject of this research will be twofold: I will be working for this startup in Jerusalem where I will work in close proximity with a software development team  team to develop a dashboard for a stronger user interface for the end user, and  optimization of their smart garbage analysis. The second part of my research will be in startup culture and the tech sector in Israel, a nation well known for its tech savviness, and its embrace of new technologies in all aspects of its wellbeing. This research is important because Americans produce more waste per capita than most developed countries, and it is an area where increased efficiency in garbage collection would go a long way in improving the efficiency of cities and American consumption habits.

Abstract: Stability Analysis for 3 by 3 Matrices Under Perturbation

The study of autonomous systems finds applications in many branches of sciences, and stability analysis stands out as a crucial part to understand this kind of dynamical systems. In 1952, Alan Turing proposed that spatial patterns in embryonic morphogenesis were driven by diffusion-induced instability in a system of nonlinear diffusion equations. This problem involves stability analysis of two by two matrices, while more realistic scenarios may introduce a third variable to the system. Inspired by the Turing Instability and the needs for realistic analysis, I will try to determine the general stability criteria and potentially unstable regions for three by three matrices under a perturbation that increases linearly with time. Furthermore, I will examine the procession of eigenvectors and trajectories of solutions, in order to understand to the development of the dynamical system. With the already established Hurwitz condition of matrix stability, we can transform the problem into polynomial analysis, and solve it both analytically and theoretically.

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Abstract: Hegemonic Whiteness, Left Impotence

Kyriarchy, i.e. a social system which relies on hierarchical relationships of domination, oppression, and submission, and which denotes the assemblage resulting from patriarchy, capitalism, white supremacy, anthropocentrism, cisheternormativity, and colonialism, relies on its hegemony in social relations. Linguistic, cultural, and social capital are constructed in ways that reflect perpetual conflict between dominant and oppressed classes. While these ideas are widespread in activist circles, their application lacks profundity. Indeed, the Left today has little effective power, and anti-oppression politics have even begun to be co-opted by neoliberalism, robbing them of their efficacy and reinforcing the hegemony of capitalism and white supremacy.

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Protein Proteomics – Abstract

Proteomics is an important field of study, because the analysis of protein interactions and protein structure is critical to understanding protein function.  Modifications in the protein, especially post-translational modifications, are key to understanding function and roles of the proteins, which is why there is a need in biochemistry to sequence proteins.  In this research experiment, E. Coli bacterial cells are being lytically infected with the t7 phage.The lytic cycle starts when the bacteriophage infects the cell, and the phage DNA then replicates and creates phage protein in the E. Coli cell.2   My Honors project will be conducted in close collaboration with Professor Williamson’s lab.  E. coli bacterial cells will be infected with the t7 phage at various times (5, 25, 45 and 65 minutes), and we will be looking for the differences in the proteins expressed based on the different time exposure of the t7 phage.  By looking for modifications in the proteins on the different time exposure, protein structure and function can then be deduced.  The procedure includes growing the cell cultures, extracting and separating the proteins, and then analyzing the peptide fragments using HPLC-ESI-MS/MS and the protein database SEQUEST.  The importance of this project is that we are using a proteomics procedure that uses a HPLC-ESI-MS/MS (high pressure liquid chromatography-electrospray ionization-tandem mass spectrometer) method.  Mass spectrometry has emerged as a core tool for protein analysis and sequencing, especially since most mass spectrometers have advanced in resolution, mass accuracy and sensitivity.3,4  As a time and money efficient tool, mass spectrometry is important in the field of proteomics, and with this Honors project we are trying practice bioanalysis using a HPLC-ESI-MS/MS method.

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