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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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.

Abstract: Smart Garbage Software Development in Israel

The Internet of Garbage (IoG) is a term coined by GreenQ which means applying data analysis concepts to garbage and municipal maintenance facilities. GreenQ is a startup software company in Israel that develops software to analyze garbage consumption so municipal authorities can more efficiently pick up garbage.  The subject of this research will be twofold: I will be working for this startup in Jerusalem where I will work in close proximity with a software development team  team to develop a dashboard for a stronger user interface for the end user, and  optimization of their smart garbage analysis. The second part of my research will be in startup culture and the tech sector in Israel, a nation well known for its tech savviness, and its embrace of new technologies in all aspects of its wellbeing. This research is important because Americans produce more waste per capita than most developed countries, and it is an area where increased efficiency in garbage collection would go a long way in improving the efficiency of cities and American consumption habits.

Abstract: Stability Analysis for 3 by 3 Matrices Under Perturbation

The study of autonomous systems finds applications in many branches of sciences, and stability analysis stands out as a crucial part to understand this kind of dynamical systems. In 1952, Alan Turing proposed that spatial patterns in embryonic morphogenesis were driven by diffusion-induced instability in a system of nonlinear diffusion equations. This problem involves stability analysis of two by two matrices, while more realistic scenarios may introduce a third variable to the system. Inspired by the Turing Instability and the needs for realistic analysis, I will try to determine the general stability criteria and potentially unstable regions for three by three matrices under a perturbation that increases linearly with time. Furthermore, I will examine the procession of eigenvectors and trajectories of solutions, in order to understand to the development of the dynamical system. With the already established Hurwitz condition of matrix stability, we can transform the problem into polynomial analysis, and solve it both analytically and theoretically.

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