Photojournalism in Madagascar: Summary

Hello Charles Center bloggers!  I’d like to start by apologizing for being out of contact this summer.  A faulty keyboard and spotty web connectivity prevented me from publishing a lot of my content and progress live, but I hope to blog about my experiences retroactively on my personal blog, and hold several showcases of my research across campus this year.  Two weeks ago today, I boarded my flight back home with almost 6000 photos, 200 pages of detailed notes about the sites I visited, hours of video footage, and high quality field recordings from my two month stay in “the eighth continent”.  More important, though, is what remained in Madagascar: a network of friends and acquaintances across the country that are actively involved and personally dedicated to the perpetual struggle to preserve Madagascar’s natural heritage.  In lieu of creating separate posts to summarize the different stages of my research, I hope that this quick summary will suffice.  In quotations I’ve inserted excerpts from my notebook…

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A Debut

When a bullfighter appears in a certain number of novice fights (novilladas) without picadors (the lanced men on horseback), he can make debut in a novillada with picadors. The bulls are more massive, older, and generally more intimidating. Making your debut means you’re one step closer to becoming a full-fledged matador. Just a few days ago, Jose Monje made his debut in El Puerto de Santa María. The novillada (Spanish-readers click for a link to the article at was a good one, and the young Jerezano – who I interviewed on my last day in the city – cut an ear.

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Final post

After a summer of researching the Tea Party and analyzing survey results, I am glad to have made significant progress on my final product; a short yet comprehensive paper with literature on the TP as well as survey data and research from other sources. One of the most valuable things I learned about research is that you should not be afraid to ask for outside help or advice. In my recent experience, I found that other researchers are flattered and more than happy to discuss their findings as well as my own research. Although it was intimidating to send out emails to strangers, it was definitely worth it to not only obtain other information but also to meet people with similar interests from across the country. As I blogged about earlier this summer, the ability to be flexible when it comes to changing and adapting projects is essential in social sciences research. With so many variables (such as various people and current events) that can change or even throw off a project, I found it essential to my research to not only be willing to adapt but also willing to be creative and to think of more aspects to add to my project individually. As I wait for final survey results to come in and to receive more responses from other TP researchers, I am going to work on generalizing my collected research to political movements in general so that it is more widely applicable. Finally, I would like to thank the Charles Center and the W&M Parents Association for the opportunity to continue research on the Tea Party Movement and survey analysis as well as for the opportunity to work with a faculty member, Professor Rapoport of the Government Department.

SUVA and Total DOC

Dissolved organic matter is assessed in several ways.  Total dissolved organic carbon (DOC) is determined by high temperature catalytic oxidation.  At high temperatures, organic carbon is oxidized to carbon dioxide.  The instrument then measures the total carbon dioxide produced from a known sample volume.  Total DOC measurements are reported as concentration.  Total organic carbon fluxes can be determined from discharge data.

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Bringing It All Together

With the end of summer came the end of  running participants and data analysis. Now that it is over, it is time to bring the whole research together and prepare a presentation for the end of September. This means reading various literature on previous findings and long hours spent in lab working with the professor.

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