C. Elegans Research: Update #1

(originally written 5/29/18)

            In my project, I will be studying spe-26 mutant C. elegans, in order to gain insights into the function of the SPE-26 protein. If this sounds like jargon to you, don’t worry; I’ll explain!

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How Did Dinosaurs Sound? – Update 1

I have found ten possible interview subjects for the sound design segment of my project. All of these individuals have extensive experience in the world of media, but not all have designed dinosaur vocalizations. For those who have, I plan to what inspired them to create the sounds they did. For those who have not, I plan to ask how they would go about designing these sounds if asked.

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How did Dinosaurs Sound? – Reconciling Science and Imagination

In my research, I will explore how science and imagination combine to form a foundation for the sound design of dinosaur vocalizations. Where did the classic “roar” of the T-rex originate? How has the sound design changed in response to new research findings? Will we ever learn what dinosaurs actually sounded like? I hope that my research project may facilitate an understanding and appreciation of the process behind innovation as I will observe first-hand how paleontologists and sound designers work together to develop possible dinosaur vocalizations. In the first stage of my research, I will interview at least two paleontologists about the science behind dinosaur vocalizations, inquiring about modern research and the evolution of current theories. The secondary stage with involve interviews of a similar nature with at least two sound designers. My final stage will be a hands-on information synthesis. Using the knowledge delivered in the interviews, I will develop my own conjecture as to how dinosaurs sounded and write a brief piece explaining my creative choices.

On Being the Participant for a Day

This past week, I got to be the guinea pig during EEG training for lab members. For once, instead of being the one doing the poking and measuring and taping, I was the one being poked and measured and taped. Because most of you reading this have probably never done an EEG study before, I thought I would take this chance to explain to you what happens in our lab during the EEG portion.

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