Week 4 Research Recap

It has now been a month since I started my research in this maternal mortality lab. My advisor has helped me stay accountable with our meetings twice a week. At those meetings, I always want to make sure that I have progressed enough that I have something to show for it.

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Week 1: Secondary Sources and the Jefferson Library

My research on the controversy surrounding the design and construction of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC, began with a dive into secondary sources on Jefferson’s legacy. I read R.B. Bernstein’s Thomas Jefferson, Francis Cogliano’s Thomas Jefferson: Reputation and Legacy, as well as Andrew Burstein’s Democracy’s Muse. Each work was useful in placing the construction of the Jefferson memorial into the context of American history. Bernstein’s book is considered the best and most recent brief biography of Jefferson and included a historiography of Jefferson as well. Cogliano’s Reputation and Legacy dove deeper into Jefferson’s legacy and described the “four stages in the history of Jefferson’s reputation.” The construction of the Memorial fits in to the third stage, where Jefferson was “fully rehabilitated as a national hero.” Andrew Burstein’s work investigated how Jefferson was used by political figures in the twentieth century and begins with a description of the Jefferson Memorial. Burstein’s work is beneficial to me because he determined the key figures in the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Commission (TJMC) and who they were influenced by. I intend to further research individuals in the commission and determine their role in the choice of site and design for the memorial.

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Woody Internship:Colonial Williamsburg Week 1

Hello All!

This post is long overdue due to technical difficulties, but it is better late than never. My name is Katie Gibson, and I am the Summer 2019 Woody Intern at Colonial Williamsburg! I am currently a rising junior at the College of William and Mary majoring in History and American Studies.

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Living Sustainably in Laos (or at least trying to)

Each morning I pull up to the same stand to get my morning coffee. Each morning the same woman scoops my coffee and hands it to me with a smile. And each morning the coffee is poured into a massive plastic cup, with a huge lid, a plastic straw, and a plastic handle.

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Week 3

This week I ran AA (atomic absorption) on my samples that were in 100% ethanol rather than the 95% and unstirred. Some of the numbers were better than others, but they still were not what I was looking for. Butyl was the only one that was closer to the desired value of copper that we were looking for.

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