Leatherback turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) are critically endangered, largely due to a variety of human activities. While many aspects of their life history are documented, there is virtuallynothing known about survival of hatchlings during their first hours at sea.
In the fall of 2007, I student taught at Katoh Elementary School in Numazu, Japan. While there, I worked in an English immersion program with staff who shared my constructivist ideal.
Gold nanoparticles were produced by a citrate thermal reduction method and by a procedure involving the inclusion of reduced polyoxometalates (POMs), where phosphotungstic acid (PTA) served as the photocatalyst, reducing reagent and stabilizer for the reaction.
The knowledge that life is precious and that our hold on life is tenuous has haunted humans for thousands of years. The ancient Egyptians had a strong belief surrounding life, death and the afterlife.
Despite being considered one of the preeminent Jewish-American novelists of the last 100 years, Philip Roth has always managed to make enemies with major Jewish-American advocates.
Melt transport, the movement of molten rock through the Earth’s relatively solid outer shell, is important in many geological processes. Volcanism at subduction zones and hot spots and the formation of oceanic crust at mid-ocean ridges all involve melt transport. To increase our understanding of how melt moves from depth to Earth’s surface, we conducted … [Read more…]
Musical borrowing: the intentional integration of previously-composed material into a new composition. Such borrowing has been an integral facet of music composition throughout music history, and was particularly important during the Medieval and Renaissance eras.
In 2008, Cornell College’s Geology Club helped sponsor a trip for twelve students to Big Bend National Park in Texas.
The transition from the Pennsylvanian to the Permian in the tropics of western Pangea was marked by a general trend toward increased temperature and decreased soil moisture, based on geophysical indicators, such as paleosol morphologies and oxygen isotopes.
The goal of this research was to study what factors affect the dimension of a copper fractal.
Zircon is a strong mineral capable of withstanding extreme geologic pressures and temperatures. It is able to retain geochemical signatures. which allow the timing of geologic events to be determined.
Metamorphic rocks, gneisses and pegmatites, from the Western Gneiss Region in southwestern Norway were analyzed to determine when the area was metamorphosed at ultrahigh pressures during the Caleonidonian orogeny.
Polyoxometalates are metal oxide clusters with many useful chemical properties.
An in-depth look at the cultural differences between medical practices in the United States and Bolivia after an internship in a Bolivian hospital.
Environmental enrichment is a natural means by which the brain can make itself more resilient against disease; however, its mechanisms remain incompletely defined. Environmental enrichment consists of increased social, physical and intellectual activity (i.e., learning), which can reduce brain injury by more than 50%.
This research focused on the role of Toll-like Receptor 2 (TLR 2) in the development of adipose inflammation in obesity.
“These struggles with the natural character, the strong native bent of the heart, may seem futile and fruitless, but in the end they do good…they enable [life] to be better regulated, more equable, quieter on the surface; and it is on the surface only the common gaze will fall. As to what lies below, leave … [Read more…]
The amount of usable fossil fuels is steadily decreasing as the world population increases. This has driven scientists to find alternative resources for fossil fuels.
For the better part of thirty years, a mining project near Crandon, Wisconsin, was pursued by multi-national corporations. A struggle to permanently block mining there intensified during the last decade of the 20th century.In 2002, the project was finally closed when the site was purchased by a coalition of Native American Tribes.
Computer-mediated communication is defined as communication that occurs over the internet and involves the use of a computer. Despite outward appearances, computer-mediated communication and face-to-face communication may be similar in some respects.
When discussing the issues surrounding current global warming, is not uncommon to hear people bring up the so-called “Medieval Warm Period.” Such conversations are littered with debates about what the Medieval Warm Period actually was, how it impacted the world of the Middle Ages, and what an accurate comprehension of it could mean for our … [Read more…]
In a paper on George Berkeley’s unique immaterialism, Professor C.D. Broad asserts that Berkeley ought to have held the position that the having of a sensation is, “an occurrence in the mental history of some one and only one person at some one and only one date.”
Host race formation is believed to be an important step in the formation of new species. Several varieties of Strauzia longipennis may exhibit differential host use, either by being host-taxon specific or by being host-tissue specific.
Our group did a research experiment on how athletes who train in different types of environments and how the athletes’ bodies adjust to the conditions. The focus of the experiment was on the performance of exercise within heat acclimated wrestlers versus non-heat acclimated athletes.
The American Civil Liberties Union had formed during World War I, quickly establishing itself as the premier group dedicated to protecting constitutional rights and civil liberties in this country. At this same time, with the onset of World War II and for a period of over four years, the United States put its constitution to … [Read more…]
In 1849 the ideal French woman was often depicted in the artwork of the recent Impressionist movement as beautiful, idolized, and silent. In that same year George Sand’s work La Petite Fadette presented an alternative image of a woman; one who was strong and intelligent.
Fire coral from the genus Millepora are ubiquitous in tropical western Atlantic reefs. Two distinct morphologies of Millepora, currently classified as separate species, exist off the coast of the Bahamas. M. complanata have broad, smooth blades and prefer shallow waters whereas M. alcicornis have knobby branches and prefer deeper waters.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a neurodegenerative disease that usually causes eventual respiratory failure due to motor neuron death. Approximately 90% of all ALS cases are classified as sporadic ALS, meaning that there is no known cause.
A Caucasian teacher occupies a unique position within a classroom composed entirely of Mexican-American students. The issue of ethnicity, while often not overtly apparent, has implications that extend to all aspects of the classroom environment.
A review of current research regarding adolescent alcohol and cigarette use and family structure was conducted. The current research states a higher likelihood of substance use in adolescents in non-traditional family structures.
Amateur astronomers are making great contributions to the detection and monitoring of extrasolar planets, which are planets orbiting stars other than our own sun.
The submillimeter wavelength band of the electromagnetic spectrum is the last unexplored territory of ground-based astronomy.
In confronting the mirror in their photographs, contemporary women artists have addressed the boundaries that have historically limited women to over-sexualization or objectification. These artists have not only confronted the mirror but also the male gaze.
My work took previously gathered wind speed, direction, temperature, and pressure data collected in the Mount Vernon area and input it into a database.
When reading the timeless verse of John Milton’s Paradise Lost, perhaps the most illustrious poem in the English language, questions arise as to whether it is truly an epic poem.
Operation Walk is a nonprofit organization that provides free hip and knee replacement surgeries to patients in underdeveloped countries. Each year, Cornell students have the opportunity to travel with Operation Walk and founder Dr. Larry Dorr (’63) to assist with every aspect of the surgery process.
Previous research indicates that total sleep deprivation may elicit a number of physiological and psychological deficits including mood disturbance and autonomic imbalance. Little is known regarding the effects of a single night of moderate sleep loss,
During the French Revolution, Marie Antoinette was often portrayed as a vindictive and flirtatious harpy who was actively responsible for the fall of the French royal family.
My paper confronts the ways in which the Argentine people have chosen to cope with the atrocities committed against them by the government during the last military dictatorship, which racked the nation with fear and clandestine violence from 1976-1983.
The typical lifespan of adults is extending into an age range when dementia disorders are likely to appear, and it has become increasingly likely that a person will be thrust into a position that involves caring for an elderly parent or demented spouse. This change in role is stressful for the new caregiver, creating a … [Read more…]
Multivalent ligands display multiple copies of one or more ligands that can simultaneously bind to multiple receptors contained on another entity. By combining multiple ligands into a multivalent construct, it should be possible to target them specifically to cancer cells that express all of their cognate receptors.
This study was part of a long-term research program on the ecology of the ornate box turtle (Terrapene ornata ornata).
Existing literature fails to comprehensively identify factors contributing to the comorbid relationship between eating disorders and unipolar depression.
Strauzia longipennis (Wiedemann) is a notoriously variable species. Seven varieties were once recognized, all but three considered as synonyms by some authors.
Many mathematicians and scientists have tried to visualize four dimensional space. I tried to visualize a four dimensional sierpinski pyramid and construct a three dimensional projection of the four dimensional pyramid.
The genus Millepora, commonly known as fire coral, is a calcareous hydrozoan common in tropical seas worldwide.
This year I undertook an independent study that researched Montessori, Waldorf and Reggio schools. These three styles of school represent alternatives to traditional public schooling.
Denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) is a technique that has been used to estimate the diversity in bacterial samples based on the melting behaviors of DNA segments. DGGE may provide a new, more efficient manner to identify unknown bacteria,
We experimented with wireless power transmission. Using copper coils, power can be transmitted several feet in all directions efficiently.
When 13 other students and I chose to spend almost five months abroad in the ACM India Studies program, we did so for similar reasons, to challenge ourselves, to assess our individual coping skills, our potential for growth, and to see how much applied of what all of us only knew from the likes of … [Read more…]