Abstract – Waverly Garner

Hi, I’m Waverly Garner.  Welcome to my W&M Charles Center summer 2016 research project blog!  Before diving into the details of the blog, here’s a little about my interests and background.  I hail from the small town of Farmville, Virginia, the proud home of Longwood University and High Bridge Trail State Park.  Growing up in the countryside outside of the town fostered my early interest in nature; my parents often had to work hard to make sure I returned from the woods at some point to assure them I was still alive.  We spent most of our time outside chopping wood for the stove, gardening, working on the yard, and of course taking long walks down the lane.  From an early age my parents instilled in me a love for adventure and a love for asking lots and lots of questions.

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Abstract: Fluorescent Rhodamine pH Probes

Hi everyone!

My name is Mona Rasooly and I am a rising junior. I have just recently joined Dr. Harbron’s chemistry research lab this spring semester, where I am working on rhodamine fluorescent pH probes. Fluorescence-based pH sensors are extremely useful in biological applications due to their high sensitivity and selective properties. Rhodamine spirolactams fluoresce in acidic environments due to a ring-opening reaction that changes the rhodamine molecule to a bright pink, fluorescent molecule. Rhodamines normally fluoresce in conditions that are too acidic to be applicable in cellular systems. Our goal is to change the pKa by attaching substituents of different sizes and electronic properties and determine how size and electronics impacts the pKa. In doing so, we can create an equation that will allow us to choose a specific pH and synthesize a rhodamine derivative for that pH.

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Uptake of Mobile Money: Alternative Evaluations

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My name is Eric Gelles, and I am a sophomore here at The College of William & Mary. This summer I will be traveling to Tanzania to assist with an ongoing experiment being conducting by Professor Philip Roessler testing the effects of mobile phone ownership on women’s empowerment. As part of the experiment, hundreds of women will be randomly assigned to receive either a mobile phone, cash of equal value to the phone, or will be in a control group. All of the women will be given a surveyed at the beginning and at the end of the experiment, in an attempt to gain insight into how mobile phone ownership can impact women in developing countries.

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Abstract: Analyzing Hillslope asymmetry using erosion rates calculated with radioactive Cesium-137


My name is Korede Olagbegi and I am rising senior here at William & Mary. I am a geology major at the college and I play soccer here as well. I will work on research this summer along side professors James Kaste and Gregory Hancock of the Geology department.

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W&M Mattachine Project – Summer 2016 Research Abstract

This semester I have been fortunate enough to be a part of the research team for the W&M Mattachine Project: Documenting the LGBTIQ Past in Virginia. Our team began archival research into Virginia’s LGBTIQ past at Swem Special Collections, VCU, and the Library of Virginia. This project culminated in an exhibition of our research at Swem that solicited feedback from the public. One concern that arose was a lack of intersectional representation in the records we were able to go through during the spring semester. This summer I will continue my research with the W&M Mattachine Project under the direction of Prof. Leisa Meyer and hope to address some of these suggestions for further research.

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