Update #3: Crystallizing the Complexes

Recently, I have spent a significant amount of time attempting to crystallize my complexes.  This is an important step because crystals are a purer form of the complex and will allow us to analyze the structure and verify that we have synthesized the desired complex.  However, I have only been able to get crystals of one out of my three complexes so far.  The technique I am currently using involves liquid diffusion.  The complex is dissolved in a solvent, then slowly layered on top of a denser solvent in which the complex is not very soluble.  The idea is that as the top layer slowly diffuses into the bottom layer, the complex will become less soluble and come out of solution in crystals.

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Update #2: New Complexes and Electrochemical Analysis

To recap, I am attempting to synthesize and test transition metal complexes which can act as electrocatalysts that reduce protons.  This reduction of protons generates hydrogen gas, which is a clean source of energy.

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Update #1: Synthesizing a Ligand Molecule

In this project, I will be attempting to synthesize particular ligand molecules and complex them with a transition metal.  Ideally, these complexes will act as electrocatalysts that aid in the reaction that reduces protons to hydrogen gas.  Hydrogen gas is a clean-burning fuel, so finding more efficient ways to produce hydrogen could prove crucial in a future where clean energy will be a necessity.

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Update #4: The Conclusion

Hello for the last time guys! Here is my last post and, as promised, I present to you all the use of my map:

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Post #3: Spatial Variation of Ticks

Hi again! After a short turnaround, I am ready to present my findings about the spatial variation that we’ve noticed in Ixodes scapularis from 2010 to 2019.  As an added bonus, I’ll talk about the patterns we’ve noticed in tick’s responses to climatic variables, although I plan on delving into that as an expansion on this summer’s project.

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Summary: What I’ve Learned From Painting a Melting Pot

At long last,

This project has taught me many things, both in the realms of history and painting. As I’ve already discussed the paintings and what I have learned from them, I will now move on to the history.

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Final Summary

Going into my project, I wasn’t sure exactly what I was going to find.  I knew that there had to be some aspect of alteration to the Irish myths, given the lack of information about the old Irish deities, but I didn’t know how much or how obvious it would be as I read through the myths.  And when I first started out reading, I realized that it most likely would be very subtle changes.  For the most part, that was right, there were a lot of things that could very well be edits by the Christians that I only noticed due to it not feeling right.  For instance, the repeated use of the number 7 in a lot of the myths just seemed weird to me, because I already knew that number held a significance in Christian stories.  With further research, I found that the main sacred numbers of Irish mythology were three and five, with the importance of the trinity and the five provinces of Ireland being some of the reasoning behind that importance.  Due to this, it was a reasonable theory for me to make that the abundance of the usage of the number seven was an alteration by the Christian monks who wrote down the Irish stories.

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Final Summary: Culture and Conflict

After a summer of researching, filming, and filmmaking, I can officially say I have completed my Monroe summer project.  I learned so much about Mumbai and India’s colonial history, and had a wonderful time spending two weeks with my grandparents.  Here is a link to the video documentary I made summarizing my research and findings: https://youtu.be/O27OlXRy9vc

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Final Summary of Immigration Research

Hello all!

To everyone who read my earlier updates, thanks for joining me on my epic quest to compare immigration narratives between U.S., Mexican, and Honduran media. To those of you who would prefer a short-cut, here’s a quick summary of my research process and findings. If you’re interested in an aesthetically-pleasing presentation that expands on my work, click this link: https://www.canva.com/design/DADjCQOqTpI/GIKViodioiczN4__5Hj-FQ/view?utm_content=DADjCQOqTpI&utm_campaign=designshare&utm_medium=link&utm_source=sharebutton

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Post #3

Hi everyone,

After working on my paper over the past month, I finally finished it up this weekend and sent it in to my advisor. To recap, I wrote about economic studies from the past two decades that evaluated the impact of right-to-carry, shall-issue, and concealed carry gun laws on crime rates in the United States. Sadly for our country, my topic became increasingly relevant earlier this month, as two tragic mass shootings occurred a day apart from each other. In the El Paso shooting (August 3rd) and the Dayton shooting (August 4th) combined, 31 people were killed. These shootings spurred protests around the country, and many people are now reconsidering their views on gun control. Even conservative political leaders are recognizing the need to reform our nation’s gun laws and create more effective policies. Reading about these two tragedies and some of the personal stories of victims was devastating, and I’m glad there finally seems to be some national urgency for reform.

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