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Gold Nanoparticles: Size vs. Color

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When subjected to electromagnetic radiation, nanoparticles are polarized due to an electric field. This electric field interacts with free electrons on the surface of the nanoparticle (surface plasmons) causing them to oscillate at certain…

Thinking Like an Octopus

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The goal of the research project is to better understand the development and organization of the peripheral nervous system of the octopus. These creatures have large ganglion in each of their arms; two thirds of the octopuss neurons are actually…

Computational Scripts for Visualizing Speech Pathways

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FSL is a powerful, open-source analysis tool used for the analysis of neuroimaging data. It can be used for registering, warping, overlaying, and visualizing images with ease across several subjects. In speech imaging with MRI, thousands of images…

Archaerhodopsin Expression in New Hippocampal Neurons

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It is widely accepted that neurogenesis, the birth of new neurons, occurs in two regions in the adult mammalian brain: the subventricular zone and the dentate gyrus of the hippocampus. The hippocampus is a region of the brain widely known for its…

Statistical Computing for Galaxy Modeling and Gravitational Lens Detection

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Strong gravitational lenses are a directly observable consequence of general relativity and one of the most exotic phenomena in the sky. However, they are extremely difficult to detect in survey images; though thousands are predicted to be visible…

A Plethora of T cells Activated by Drug-Encapsulated Liposomes in a Tumor-Draining Lymph Node of a Mouse

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This is an image of a very thin section of a tumor-draining lymph node of a mouse. It is stained for nuclei of cells (the blue stain) and for specific T cells (the red stain). The lab that I work in seeks to understand how to best manipulate the…

Generate randomized 3D objects for simulating its optics property

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Our research goal is to develop a tool generate a 3D object with designated amount of random adherence and find how specific randomness influence light property of that object. More specifically, what we are doing is to trying to find how specific…

Getting the Inside Scoop on Soil Seed Banks

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In this picture, I am photographed in my typical field day during my research experience for undergraduate (REU) at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) during the summer of 2014. Here, I am shoveling soil from a transect in the 50 ha…

An In Vitro Approach to Model Tumor Self-Seeding Using Three-Dimensional Microfluidics

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Cancer is an immensely complicated problem in both engineering and medicine. It is an unfortunate fact that all of us will be affected by cancer, either directly or indirectly. As a bioengineer, my passion therefore my purpose--is to give all that I…

The Linguistic Complexities of Complexion: Spanish and ethnicity in the United States

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Knowing nothing about the pictured people other than how they look, which of them do you think speaks Spanish? The answer may surprise you. My research is a sociolinguistic investigation on the intersection of ethnicity and second language learning…