Isolated Ecuadorian Communities and Environmental Perspective

Much of the current conversation around climate change and environmentalism involves the concept of environmental equality. On a global scale, developing countries have little voice in the international discourse on conservation, despite often being the first to feel the effects of climate change. This inequality is further exacerbated at the local level, as vulnerable populations with little education and economic affluence are disproportionately affected by environmental issues, and lack the resources to appropriately address mitigation options. Anthropological literature consistently demonstrates the interconnectedness of level of education, economic status, and perception of global environmental degradation. In a study of several secluded groups in Ecuador, I will investigate how this dynamic of education and financial position interplay with geographic isolation in a person’s relationship with the environmental movement.

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Synthesis and properties of a [2.2.2]-diazabicyclic polymer

Polymers represent a general class of molecules consisting of many repeated units, or monomers. Traditionally, polymers consist of hydrocarbon monomers and can vary drastically in complexity and functionality. Due to their high molecular weight and chain-like structure, polymers have unique properties that differ significantly from their monomer counterparts, including durability and malleability. For this reason, polymers are used in many everyday products.

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Speciation of Yeast

While groundbreaking discoveries have been made in plant and animal speciations, studies focusing on the evolution of microbial species have been limited. Microbial species such as yeast play an important role in our world but their speciation processes are challenging to study because of their microscopic size. 

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Arman Jones Abstract


The College of William and Mary has existed for more than 300 years and has been responsible for holding slaves on campus for more than nearly half of the college’s lifetime. In 2018, the college celebrated its 50th anniversary of African American students being accepted into the institution. Pioneers such as Lynn Briley, Janet Brown Strafer, and Karen Ely paved the way for equal opportunity and world-class education for all of us that have followed which has shown that we, as African Americans, can withstand the resiliency of a demanding college. Although we have come a long way from 1693, we still have so much farther to go on our journey.  The Lemon Project has made immaculate discoveries in its short tenure here on the campus. As this research continues, the vital information of the History of the Black experiences here at the College of William and Mary will soon be revealed.  The basis of my research will be premise around the reconstruction Era around the College and the Williamsburg area.

No Future, No Resurrection: Islam, Hauntology, and the Death of Futurism

Society has become increasingly incapable of envisioning new conceptions of the future following the “death of history” with the fall of the Soviet Union. What has followed has been a global dominance of liberal capitalism and a return to nostalgic ideations within futurist thought, as demonstrated by the popularity of films like “Ready Player One,” rather than new means by which to envision the future. This paper will investigate how this sentiment has impacted the tradition of Muslim futurist thought, their conceptualization of Islam’s place many years from now, and how an uptick in Islamophobia in discourse has shifted these ideas to parallel the development of the modern Afrofuturist movement.

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