Mongolia Week 6: Expression

One of my extenuating motivations for selecting Mongolia as one of my preferred internship locations was its richness of calligraphy. As someone who has pursued Arabic calligraphy for the past two or so years, having found both joy but also frustration and stagnation in its study, I thought that it would be beneficial in my development as a calligrapher to spend time in a place like Ulaanbaatar, and absorb as much about the art form from individuals there as possible. What I did not expect was to find and experience so much more than some pieces hanging in a museum. 

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Over the past weeks of research preparation, the design for my study has transformed quite a bit in order to fit a more dependable method of measurement and a more narrow research question.

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Mongolia Week 5: Food

This week, I want to do something a little bit different with my journal and catalogue my gastronomic experience throughout my time in Mongolia, for I have been afforded the opportunity to not only experience of genre of cuisine that until this point has been unavailable to me, but also the quality and variety of food in Ulaanbaatar is worthy of discussion unto itself. The city boasts a wealth of eateries ranging from high-class bakeries to a Singaporean bistro, and also provides many different opportunities to try genuine Mongolian fare. With all this in mind, I am going to run through, gauntlet-style, several of the most notable meals I have had so far experienced in Mongolia.

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Blandy Experimental Farm & Presquile National Wildlife Refuge – Blog Post 3

We returned to Blandy Experimental Farm last week and spent three days doing pollinator watches. During each pollinator watch, which typically lasted between ten and twenty-five minutes, we recorded the species and visit duration of insects on an umbel of a common milkweed plant. An umbel is a cluster of flowers on a milkweed stem that emerge from a common point. Before starting each pollinator watch, we recorded some measurements for each plant, such as height and number of leaves, as well as recorded the number of pollinia that had been either inserted or removed from the umbel. Each umbel typically had between thirty and sixty flowers, and each flower contained five pollinia before any insertions or removals by insects. We used optivisors to carefully count insertions and removals after insects left the umbel. We also set up some video observations for twenty minutes per umbel. For these observations, we recorded the number of pollinia insertions and removals at the beginning and end of each video. We photographed images of the leaves of the videoed plants so that we will be able to use ImageJ to do some herbivory calculations later.

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Community Health Partners – Week 5

Week 5 has come to a close and our research teams have officially switched off. On Friday, June 14, we welcomed 3 new student researchers to our home in Ewaso Ngiro. Welcome, Kolby, Hemu, and Caecilia – Karibu! I am so excited you are finally here! That same weekend, the first group of students I have come to know and love left Ewaso Ngiro for a week of traveling in Nairobi before heading home. Goodbyes are always hard and this one was no different. Thank you to Cami, Ryan, Madison, and Salli for always filling our house with laughter, music, and good food, and making my transition to life in Kenya a little bit easier.

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