Politics and Culture in Mexican Modernism Art Exhibit

I recently visited the Frist Art Museum in Nashville, where there is an exhibit titled “Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection.” The Frist’s website gives a description of the exhibit and some background info about the featured artists, particularly Kahlo and Rivera, and includes a lot about the political and cultural importance of their art in post-revolutionary Mexico. This, as well as the fact that the first thing to meet my eye upon entering the exhibit was a large panel outlining the connection of these artists with the ideas of the Mexican Revolution, gave me the impression walking into the museum that the exhibit would have a very clear emphasis on the culture and politics of the artists. 

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Post 1: Grinding Studies

For the few days I worked with Polyacrylonitrile as a potential substrate for work with CuI. The most promising results came from stirring the suspended PAN in a 5M KI solution with CuI dissolved within. AA results from this study gave a maximum coordination of active sites by copper at around 2%. These numbers were so meager that we decided to discontinue our efforts on that portion of the project.

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Conclusion

Without exaggeration, this was the busiest summer of my life thus far. When I entered this project, I had no idea of what to expect. To repeat my earlier point, the term “math research” sounds almost oxymoronic, what is there to research about numbers? What I didn’t realize at the time was just how fast possibilities can blow up. What may seem manageable with “only” a million cases to test by computer can jump well out of the range of feasibility with the addition of one more variable to consider, so it’s not possible to simply have a computer to try all your theories. Most of my time was spent on how to narrow down the search space for our theories, bringing it down from 2^50 to 2^30 to a few hundred billion to a few hundred million, from something solvable in decades to something solvable in days or hours.

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Post 3: The method

In the previous post, I laid out two routes that we explored over the course of our project: reverse-engineering an existing graph to find a similar graph that corresponds to a generalized quadrangle, and assuming the existence of an ovoid in order to adapt an existing search method. I’ll go over what I did for each of these, and I’ll start out by mentioning that all my code is available in my GitHub repository, which I’ll link at the end. Like my last post, I will be leaving out some of the more technical details that complicate the explanation without offering any important context or information in return.

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Summary Post!

In this post I’m going to cover the ways in which the conclusions of my final paper deviated from my original intentions.

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Final Post: How’s William and Mary doing?

The final product for my research project was initially going to be an ideal study abroad program that could be used as a guideline to improve current William and Mary programs. The only problem with developing an ideal study abroad program is that it will not always be feasible for implementation.

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Post 2: The math of quadrangles

In this section, I’ll try to explain the mathematical ideas behind my project topic. But to keep things readable (this is a blog post, not a textbook), I’m going to sacrifice some thoroughness in favor of clarity. That is to say, I’m going to gloss over a lot of details so you don’t need a math degree to read this.

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App Development Research Summary

This summer, I learned a lot about app development. Through my research, I now feel very comfortable with the basics of Android Studio and both Java and Kotlin. I also learned how time consuming ground-up app development can be. Even starting with a computer science background, it took me a while to get comfortable with the software and actually begin making something. That is exactly why I believe these online courses are so beneficial, they give a structure to learning these often difficult topics. So here, I’ll try and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of some of the most popular websites for learning android app development and other tech skills. 

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Are Our Kids Tough Enough Final Summary: The Ultimate School System

To conclude my research, I am going to attempt to combine the “best” parts of both the American high school system and the Chinese high school system to create one superior system. I have decided to evaluate aspects of the systems based on their effectiveness in teaching crucial skills to students and in preparing them for the workforce.

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App Development: Update 3

This is the final update for my app development research, and I’m continuing to wrap up the project. At this point, I’ve worked through a few popular courses on the internet for android studio and tried to close in on their strengths and weaknesses. I’ve learned most of the foundational skills for android app development and am thinking about where I can branch out from here.

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