The Effects of Timing and Duration of Mercury Exposure on Beak Redness in Zebra Finches

Hello!

My name is Rebecca Gilson and I’m a rising senior here at William & Mary.  I’m a biology major with a history minor. I’m planning to apply to and attend Veterinary School after I graduate.  This summer I’ll be working in Dr. Cristol’s lab looking into the effects of mercury on zebra finches.

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Jerusalem Trip Preparation

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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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