Blog Post 5

This week was very productive, as Emma and I submitted our IRB information to begin our study this year, which is a continuation of her thesis. The reason we cannot begin now is because the high school academic year is not yet in progress. Because of this, the remainder of the summer will be spent in preparation for the coming semesters. We have begun to reach out to high schools in Virginia to discuss their participation in our research.

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Big money machines: A day of geochemical analysis at USGS Reston

I really thought that I’d be more nervous using the 27-year-old $1.5 million Microprobe. The monitors’ flickering should have been enough to induce an epileptic episode and the combined age/cost knowledge was making my stomach turn. But, there I was, programming in >100 points on my petrographic thin section for the machine to zap and measure the chemical properties of the minerals from my samples.

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The Culprits of the Rift (WEEK 4)

The first part of this project explores the how: how is the loose tooth fork rift on the Amery Ice Shelf changing over time? This is a question that I have outlined throughout the past three blog posts. Now, however, it is time to turn to the second part of this project – the why: why is the loose tooth fork rift experiencing the changes we have observed?

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Week 4: Reaction Modifications and Results

The reaction results of my fourth week have displayed results that will allow the reaction conditions to be changed in order to be the most efficient. It was observed in the previous week that there is a dominant isomer that makes the cyclization more efficient. This week, that same pyrrole condensation reaction was run on the mixed isomer product as well as the dominant pure isomer in order to gather more information regarding their reactivity. The results provided some important observations, but more trials are still needed to completely understand.

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