Be the change

While I was off splunking through Central America on the WM Social Entrepreneurship Study Abroad Program, Professor Kaup was hard at work (I assume) doing a feasibility assessment on our project. Using a fairly large sample size of ~150 cases (out of 225+), the initial analysis suggest that some variables of interest have little to no statistical effect on our DV, that is, whether or not a power plant is/was constructed. The only variable that seemed to have an effect was the number of jobs a plant would create, although that relationship was weak. Suffice it to say, we’re in a bit of a pickle, at least in regards to our original method. As such, Professor Kaup and I have decided to approach our project from a different angle.

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Coal Fired Power

Hello World! My name is Daniel Casey and I am a sophomore (I’ll make my transition to rising junior in about two weeks… exams are fun) here at the grand ole College of William and Mary. I am a government and sociology double major. Within these two disciplines, I have a particular interest in inequalities (be they political, social, environmental etc.) and how resistance forms (or doesn’t form) in response to inequality– an interest that will be fitting nicely with my summer research.

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Characterization and Tracing of Thermoregulatory Neurons: Introduction

Since spring semester of my freshman year, I have been working in Dr. John Griffin’s lab.  Dr.  Griffin is a neuroscience professor at the college, and his research focuses on determining the thermoregulatory pathways in the hypothalamus.  In general, the lab studies the effects that certain drugs have on the firing rate of neurons to determine what receptors and molecules might be at play in thermoregulation.  Lately, however, I have been working on two new projects that could provide major breakthroughs in the study of thermoregulation.

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Women’s Activism in Contemporary Russia Summary

The Soviet Union claimed to leave behind the bourgeois notions of patriarchy and the subjugation of women, declaring the genders equal in all endeavors.  My interview with Olga Lipovskaya challenges these assertions and portrays her as a symbol for a more radical form of feminism that never came to fruition in contemporary Russia.  Here was a woman, well versed in Western feminist theory, fluent in English, entirely unable to find funding in her own country and finding it harder and harder to get foreigners to help out her small outfit.  The interview underscores just how marginalized women’s issues are in contemporary Russia to the point of their absence in the public forum.  It appears that this topic has been entirely passed over and the only ones interested in it are a small number of activists and Westerners interested in gender issues and women’s movement in Russia.

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Complications of Frog Camp Data

Hi Folks

“Frog Camp,” as it’s come to be known by my friends and family, is theoretically over.  Now it’s “Frog bootcamp” for me, as I try to figure out what on earth to do with all the data that I have. I have had to learn to use several functions and programs that were new to me, and soon I will face hours of manual data entering labor.

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