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.
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.
Hello! My name is Taylor and in a little over a month I will be traveling to Kampala, Uganda to work with Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT). HOT uses open data for disaster response and socio-economic development by mapping projects around the world and making geocoded data available in OpenStreetMap. As a team member at HOT, the two main components of my work will be 1) analyzing and visualizing data on financial inclusion in Uganda and 2) creating an interactive web map of HOT’s global impact. These deliverables will call attention to gaps in financial services access in Uganda and allow greater engagement with HOT member projects. I am also looking forward to working with project partners from the University of Makerere and Financial Sector Deepening Uganda to assist in GIS training and data analysis activities.
Hi everyone! My name is Sanjana Verma and I’m a rising senior (wow, it feels weird to type that) at the College. I’m from Northern VA (…who isn’t?), more specifically around the Chantilly/Centreville area, which is about 30-45min away from D.C. I’m a Biological Sciences major and a Religious Studies minor, and hope to be a doctor one day. I’m a student in Dr. Young’s lab and am really excited for this summer and what it may bring! Now a little bit about what I’ve done/plan to do…
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune, neurodegenerative disease that cannot be cured. The disease causes the body’s own immune system to attack the axons of neurons, disrupting communication between the brain and the body. Those afflicted with Multiple Sclerosis slowly lose the ability to send signals down their axons. Consequently, they are no longer able to function or use those parts of their nervous system, and in many cases become immobile. The mechanism for axonal degradation is not properly understood, but a variety of pathways and factors have been discussed as contributing towards the degradation. NF-κB is a well-known transcription factor that can be cited as the “master switch” for immune response, and can be known to alter the behavior in immune cells’ response to injury and function. In the context of MS, NF-κB controls the macrophage phenotype that is expressed.