Chiaroscuro Then and Now: Contemporary Photography (post two)

After researching the emergence of the chiaroscuro technique in the Renaissance period, I shifted to researching the development of contemporary black and white photography. I then began to draw parallels between the attention paid to contrast in the differing artistic mediums. Below summarizes my research of contemporary black and white photography.

[Read more…]

First Update on College Football Recruiting Analysis

The necessary preliminary procedure for any data analysis project is data collection and compilation. So it is for my project, which is to determine the impact of distance from home on college football player performance. Fortunately, the website 247sports.com has a fairly complete database of recruits, as well as their rating, position, hometown, and college. Unfortunately, the website has this information in a very unfriendly format for data scraping. The major challenge of this first segment was implementing a program that took those attributes from the website and created a spreadsheet with this information in a workable format (Microsoft Excel). I successfully implemented this program and created the necessary databases by utilizing the BeautifulSoup module in Python to scrape the data from the website, as well as the xlwt package to write it out to Excel.

[Read more…]

Natural Dyes, Part 2

Today is my first day home from New Mexico, and I am about to start the last portion of my project. While I was away, working at an outdoor expeditions program, I explored the local ecosystem and became familiar with the dye plants that grew at my camp. Then, I collected dyestuff and made eight dyebaths, each resulting in different colors.

[Read more…]

International Relations in the Middle East (Post One)

International relations in the Middle East have garnered attention from foreign policy experts and diplomats.  Many different opinions exist about what the United States should do.  I want to examine these problems in the Middle East through the lenses of International Relations theory.   To start my project, I needed to narrow down the large number of international problems in the Middle East.  If I tried to tackle every issue, I would need several lifetimes.  Instead, I have decided to consider three different issues and examine them using major international relations theories.  I decided that I will focus my research on the Qatar diplomatic crisis, the civil war in Yemen and the rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

[Read more…]