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.

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The Corpus Callosotomy Procedure

I myself have never undergone a major surgical procedure. The only time I’ve ever been under anesthesia was to have my wisdom teeth out. Since the only knowledge I had of surgical operations was from what I had seen on the almost certainly inaccurate show Grey’s Anatomy, I decided to look into how the corpus callosotomy, an incredibly serious surgery, is actually carried out. The Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh website offered me the information I was looking for.

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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.

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Using Antibodies in Nematodes

As mentioned in my last blog post, we are performing a comparative study of maturing oocytes in the nematode species R. sp. SB 347 and C. elegans. To do so, we use immunofluorescence and microscopy techniques to observe protein presence and location in the developing oocytes. Our primary method of immunofluorescent staining is using antibodies to tag certain molecules. In the immune system, antibodies are used to tag foreign molecules for destruction. For instance, when a virus attacks the immune system, certain antibodies will recognize the foreign threat and mark it for destruction by the rest of the immune system. To do this, antibodies recognize and bind to a specific binding site on a foreign molecule.

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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.

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Check-In: Childhood and Trauma in Spanish Civil War Cinema

The Devil's Backbone (2001)

The Devil’s Backbone (2001)

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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.

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Chiaroscuro Then and Now: Beginnings (post one)

Below highlights my research of the Renaissance-age beginnings of the technique of chiaroscuro.

Chiaroscuro is an Italian word meaning ‘light – dark’. When used in reference to art, the word takes on increased meaning as the term describes clear contrasts in tone to suggest volume, modelling, depth and drama within a work. Chiaroscuro is often mentioned in analyses of the art of Renaissance painters. An attention to the effects of the contrast between light and dark did not first arise within the time frame deemed the “Italian Renaissance”; artists acknowledged light in the creation of their paintings long beforehand. However, the technique became distinctly evident in the highly dramatized and contrast filled works of Renaissance artists including Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael and Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio.

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Project Conclusion

As sometimes happens with research, I had to change my original focus, creating finer infant mortality rates for the Boston area in determining the effectiveness of milk stations. Still focusing on these milk stations, I instead decided to look at infant deaths from the years before these stations were implemented to see if I could find any correlation between high infant death and the future placement of these milk stations.

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Lab Session 2 – Summer Conclusion

At the conclusion of the second lab session, I am able to look back and evaluate what progress I have made on the projects in the Young Lab. For my PRMT project, I have accomplished a few key items: I successfully created plenty of PRMT WT, synthesized ONBY on a 500mg scale (although the viability of my product has yet to be verified), and learned the process of de-protection and irradiation (de-caging). While I still have a lot of work to do, I have learned enough about the project and the background knowledge that I am well-prepared to continue this project throughout the school year. As for my dimerizations, the timecourse and ligand trials I completed helped the more experienced students in the lab with their projects (which they are currently writing about). My time assisting older students in the lab also gave me the chance to experience the scientific process of projects other than my own.

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