W&M iGEM 2016: The Circuit Control Toolbox

One of the more important design features in synthetic biology is the ability to dynamically control the response of an inducible genetic circuit. We propose to create a toolbox of biological parts which will allow synthetic biologists to, among other things, control the transfer function of arbitrary circuits of their own design by (i) shifting its initial activation threshold to higher or lower concentrations of inducer molecule, and (ii) modifying the underlying hill coefficient to (a) change the slope of the response or (b) change the number and nature of inflections in the function. The parts in our toolbox will, when used in combination, allow each of these modification to be orthogonal to the others.

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A new look at your backyard birds: what are they really worth?

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Facebook and Political Attitudes

This project will be conducted through the Social Networks and Political Psychology (SNaPP) Lab, directed by Professor Jaime Settle. Its purpose is to determine the effects of exposure to political content on Facebook on Facebook users’ political attitudes, including political ideology and candidate preferences. Despite extensive research on the relationship between social media and politics, there has yet to be a direct investigation into whether or not political posts on Facebook affect the beliefs of those viewing them. A significant portion of the research will be devoted to developing a method for realistically testing this relationship using actual content from participants’ own Facebook timelines. An examination of the methodologies of existing social media studies (both inside and outside of political science) will help to determine the best approach for this study. The time this summer will be used to design and pilot test research ideas with the goal of creating a research design that can be conducted in the fall of 2016 as part of the Omnibus project.

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Abstract: Warfare, Insurgencies, and Cambridge

Hi! My name is Maggie Dene! I’m a sophomore and a Government major. In July, I will be traveling to England to participate in William and Mary’s Cambridge summer study abroad at Christ’s College alongside Professor Kathryn Floyd. During the program, I will be taking the classes The British Strategic Approach to Warfare and The British are Coming…to Stop Insurgencies. After taking a Government class titled Terrorism and Insurgencies with Professor Floyd during my freshman fall, I realized my passion for war and conflict studies and am excited to continue my studies at Cambridge.

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Abstract: Getty Internship Summer 2016

My name is Isabel Steven, and I’m a rising senior double majoring in history and classics.  I will be interning at the J. Paul Getty Museum this summer in the events department. I will be learning about how the Getty organizes and runs their many and varied events, from lecture series to music concerts. As such, the internship will be primarily experiential as opposed to research-based. However, it would be ridiculous of me not to take advantage of the wealth of resources that Getty has. As a classics major, I would love to get out to the villa. I also want to look at their Medieval Manuscript collection, as well as their European art, since my history interests are in Medieval and Renaissance Europe.

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