A Speggtactular Summer – Final SUMMERy!

Spending an entire summer doing biological research, and pursuing my own project, was something I never imagined I would do, but here I am! Being able to spend my summer here in Williamsburg was an amazing opportunity and definitely an experience which I will look back upon fondly.

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Week 4 – Imaging Tadpoles

Last week I finished sorting embryos and now I have healthy tadpoles ready. Sadly my PI was out of town so I was basically alone for the most of time. I composed a poem to record this sorrow moment. [Read more…]

Week 3 – Getting some Tadpoles

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Charles Center Research #2: Identity and Depiction

Identity Centralization

As was briefly alluded to in my discussion of Dune and its nigh-unavoidable presence it has within the Muslim Futurist mentality and perceptual zeitgeist, I have in my studies found the issue of “identity centralization” to be a recurring cause of debate within the community, though often the issue remains nameless and its repeated appearnaces unlinked. To put it simply, the issue can best be pithily described through the oft-repeated phrase “why must (x) be put in our face?” Here, I aim to contend that this grievance is far more than a knee-jerk conservative response, and demonstrate how its presence in popular discourse over identity-drive aesthetics and modes of expression poses a very real threat as to the viability of a movement. 

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Charles Center Research #1: Muslim Futurism and Dune

The Dune Problem

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