Update on Computational Model of NF-κB in Multiple Sclerosis

Hello, it’s Ravi again. I just wanted to give an update on how the model has been progressing so far.

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Dripping Acid

Now that I have your attention, I’ll sum up the past couple weeks of research:

We’ve equilibrated resin with streamwater, and collected streamwater that still needs to be equilibrated. The next step is to knock off the ions that the cation exchange resin is holding, so that we can analyze them. To do this, we drip acid through the resin, and then analyze it. Sodium is the first ion to be removed from the resin, due to its relatively weak charge, so we only need to collect the first ~350mL of post-drip. Given, the peristaltic pump goes at 1mL/min, so it’s a lengthy process.

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Hello friends,

This is my first blog in about two weeks as I was on vacation last week in the Outer Banks with my family, and thus was not working at the museum. The beach was great (although very very hot), but I am super happy to be back in Williamsburg. Yesterday was my first day working solo–both Christina and Trish were out of town! I headed the World Made Small tour with our junior interpreter, Baron Joseph age 11, and we set up/broke down Creature Crafternoon (a program designed for families) in the afternoon. In between, we worked on a family guide directed towards helping adults engage their children in museums by playing gallery games. The guide is turning out well, I think, and Baron and I are really enjoying collaborating on it. He is truly a huge asset to our department. In the early afternoon we catalogued all of the identification numbers of objects classified as “toys” on display in the museum for another future family guide.

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In the Trenches

A majority of the locations I’ve visited in Europe have had a museum, statue, plaque, or some component of written information from which I gather data. Embracing the interdisciplinary nature of my research, however, I have recently ventured into an abbreviated form of historical archaeology in which I got down and dirty with my marines in the trenches of France.

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Building an OSM Community in Rwanda

Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team Uganda, the organization I am placed with for the Summer, recently travelled to Kigali to assist with the development of Rwanda’s OpenStreetMap community.  Mapping supervisors Geoffrey Kateregga and Douglass Ssebagala collaborated with Rebecca Nyinaumuntu and Bernard Hakizimana to plan an introductory OSM training to gauge interest among the innovation community.  On July 19th more than 70 academics, business leaders, development professionals, and technologists met to learn the basics of remote mapping, JOSM editing, and the OSM tracker app.

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