Week 3

Just as the week before, more data entry; however, the meaning behind it is different. This week’s data deals with the following:

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Week 2

My research at the moment mostly is comprised of data entry. The meaning behind what I am doing can be explained as the following:

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Big Adjustments – Research Update #1

Although I began the summer with extravagant intentions to conduct interviews with a diverse population of Williamsburg residents on the ways in which they experience housing access, my advisor and I quickly came to the understanding that scheduling and preparing for such a grand project was a bit too lofty a goal for a mere 7-week endeavor. Luckily, after reading many of my colleagues’ blog posts, major changes to our original ideas seem to be relatively commonplace. So rather than attempting to construct the meaningful community connections necessary for an interview-based project, I have turned my attention to mainstream media and opinion articles authored by locals. More specifically, I have focused on exploring the Virginia Gazette’s Last Word column–a space where individuals can anonymously submit short blurbs or responses to current events happening both close to home and globally. Thus my original aim of extrapolating how Williamsburg and James City County residents understand, experience, and respond to the housing market has remaining largely the same, but face-to-face interactions have been replaced by commentary submitted to the Virginia Gazette.

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4th Week of Research

Good Afternoon Readers,

In my fourth week of research, I noticed an interesting progression of SUMO during the karyosome stage. One can see cells progressing from one stage to the next; for example, cells will be captured moving from the diplotene stage to the karyosome stage (i.e. the cells will exhibit increasing chromatin compaction). I observed a correlation between the chromatin becoming more compacted as it becomes the characteristic fully-compacted stage of karyosome with SUMO moving from the outer edge of the chromatin to completely associating with fully-compacted chromatin. This is an interesting development that will allow further investigation into the role of SUMO and chromatin compaction.

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Week #5 Update

During the previous week, I had issues with contamination of my sintered blank glass and sintered TiO2 batches I make using the muffler furnace. After cleaning the oven by heating it at 1000C. However, after making this week’s batch I noticed I still had contaminants. The new protocol for properly ridding of these contaminants is now to heat the oven at 1000C for a few hours beforehand for every batch made. With this resolved, I have continued taking scans of EY on TiO2 at 5×10^-10M concentrations to continue building a data set. Within this data set, molecules are determined as either good or bad via a threshold. This threshold utilizes a CPD3dark Matlab code that allows us to compile blinking traces taken of just blank glass with TiO2. This determines a threshold that accounts for just the laser itself, rather than any photophysical events. I plan on refining this threshold in order to essentially increase our ‘good’ molecules and further increase the usable data set. This will be done by taking more of these blinking traces of blank sintered TiO2 Further distinguishing of contaminated data will done to ensure our data set contains truly ‘good’ molecules and nothing else, parsing out our contaminated data.