Abstract: Phillips Collection Internship

Hello! My name is Sarah Farver and I am a rising senior, majoring in History and minoring in Art History, at the College of William & Mary. I am honored to be one of this year’s recipients of the Woody Internship in Museum Studies, and extremely excited to spend the summer interning at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C.! As America’s first museum of modern art, the Phillips Collection has a prestigious reputation for housing prominent works from the Impressionist to Abstract Expressionist movements, yet the museum stays true to its original message as it continues promoting contemporary artists and their works. I look forward to working in an art museum that stays in tune with today’s evolving art scene, and seeing how the museum conveys art’s transformations by juxtaposing the old with the new.

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Preparing to Conduct Research in Chaguite, Nicaragua

In the past month I have been working closely with Professor Aday drafting and finalizing interview questions and creating the Women Focus Group Protocol. My goal is to facilitate a conversation at the informal level through the focus group to learn more about women’s roles and utilize the interview questions to ask about women’s involvement and level of participation at the community level. Additionally, I have reviewed pertinent literature about other researchers who have conducted research on women’s participation and involvement at the community level. The literature review on the history and role of women in Nicaragua has also helped situate my research and expand my knowledge on the customs and culture of the Nicaraguan women.
I arrived in Managua yesterday and took the drive to Octotal that same night. Today was prep, I reviewed of the interview schedule and planned for the rest of the week. Tomorrow is when I will be going up the mountain to Chaguite to conduct interviews and meet with the community members. I am excited to get in the field and learn more about women in Nicaragua!

Abstract: Computational Model of NF-κB

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune neurodegenerative disease that cannot be cured. MS causes the body’s own immune system to attack the axons of neurons, disrupting communication between the brain and the body. The result is symptoms in patients like demyelination, loss of muscle coordination, and vision loss. NF-κB (Nuclear factor kappa B) is a transcriptional factor widely known as the centerpiece of transcriptional regulation for inflammatory and autoimmune pathways. The cyclical nature of NF-κB and its pivotal role in the disease makes it a prime candidate to study using a computational approach. Using kinetics data and molecular biology studies, an accurate model of the exact role that NF-κB plays in the disease can be created. This model is malleable not only to mitigating disease factors, but also to a wide variety of treatments that can alter the general state of the disease. The goal of the project is to produce a finished model of the large network of related proteins and cells and to program the kinetics in MATLAB to study the potential of targeting the NF-κB pathway for treatment.

Abstract: Geospatial Economic Research in Uganda

In partnership with AidData and the Economic Policy Research Center in Kampala Uganda, I will conduct geospatial research on a variety of topics. Chief among these will be analyzing new trade avenues that have sprung up between Uganda and the newly formed South Sudan. In order to conduct this analysis, ArcGIS geospatial software will be used to generate geocoded maps of trade flows. In addition, topics related to healthcare and aid interventions will be explored, including infant mortality. Geospatial comparisons will be made between health outcomes and aid interventions in the East African Region in order to identify gaps in coverage. This research will be conducted full time for 10 weeks in Kampala, Uganda.

Abstract: GED Programming in Correctional Facilities

The purpose of this project is to examine the functioning of GED programming at the local, state and federal level. The question of how many inmates are in need of a GED versus how many actually obtain their GED is a pertinent one. If there is a gap, then discovering the reasons for that gap can lead to a more productive program. This project would encourage communication and collaboration between the government and the community as well as promote awareness of correctional education, setting an example for other communities to follow. There is also the potential for this project to add to the discussion on state and/or local legislation concerning educational programming in correctional facilities in the future.