Mid-July Update

From my literature review I have been able to determine which factors are going to be most important in the groundwater potential of Chaguite. The majority of these determinations are based on a study done in the Theni District of India. The study was deemed highly successful in determining groundwater potential zones within the district and was done using minimal time, labor and money. The researchers found that slope and soil were most important in determining groundwater potential zones with drainage density and lineament density shortly after. Another study done in Iran tested 13 factors twice in 10 years to determine which factors had the greatest impact on the groundwater potential map and how groundwater potential zones change over time. The study found that qanat density (qanats are tunnels built underground to funnel water from the tops of hills to villages at the bottom) had the greatest impact on groundwater potential. Most studies I read did not include mechanism like wells or other water accessibility tools, but this study provides support for including current well depth and recharge data in my final raster.

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Closets and Classrooms: Fear

Over the past several weeks, I have conducted six interviews with LGBTQ teachers in the Williamsburg/Richmond area. While each individual I interviewed had a unique perspective on what it means to be a queer teacher, there were some consistencies that came out of each interview, some patterns that emerged. In each one of the interviews I have conducted so far, my respondent expressed a deep sense of fear, identifying that as a driving force that determined how they conducted themselves in the school setting.

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Early Imperial Portraiture of Livia in European Museums

Before talking about the research I’ve been conducting while on campus, it’s important to establish the preparatory work I did earlier in the year.  Because my research involves the study of Livia Drusilla’s portraiture, the trips I took to various museums with statues of Livia were extremely helpful in shaping my understanding of her image.  These visits occurred while I was studying abroad this past semester, and though I was based in England, I traveled all over Europe to see museums with classical artwork collections.  Being able to study Livia’s depictions in person was invaluable, because online images of museum catalogs are often inaccessible or incomplete, and they usually only capture the front of a statue.  Though I of course couldn’t travel to see every extant statue of Livia, I was able to see a great swath, some of which are depicted below in photos I took.

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Israeli Social Travel and Software Development: Update 2

Today was the last day of my third week at GoWith, marking the halfway point in my internship period. It’s hard to believe that my time in this country is already more than half over. In the last two weeks, my work partner (another intern) and I have been slowly chipping away at our delegated portion of GoWith’s app. The largest challenge of this has been working with new iOS libraries and APIs in order to get the functionality we need. This is exacerbated by the my (and the rest of the team’s) lack of experience with iOS. Everyone in the company has been learning and helping each other out, though I can’t help but feel like

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