The Moscow show trials of 1936-38 in the Soviet Union were the culmination of failed domestic policies set in place by Stalin to force industrialization through the Five Year Plan, enacted in 1928. The largest shortcoming of the Five Year Plan was the forced collectivization of agriculture, supposedly to increase agricultural output, but which cost … [Read more…]
The last several hundred thousand years have witnessed dramatic changes in sea level due to the growth and decay of the Greenland, Antarctic, and now-melted North American continental ice sheets. The last time sea level exceeded modern day levels was 120,000 years ago, at which time it was as much as 6-8 m above present. … [Read more…]
During my research, I will be exploring several questions regarding nutrient pollution in the Upper Mississippi River Basin, which is directly related to the Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico. Isolating the Upper Mississippi River Basin will allow me to focus on the agricultural Midwest, which is the greatest source of nutrient pollution.
Is fun in the foreign language classroom more than just enjoyment? My experience as a student teacher leads me to believe that the topic of fun in the classroom deserves more consideration, specifically fun and L2 (second language) acquisition motivation.
It is well known that during the Cold War, human rights abuses and dirty wars were very common in Latin America. During the Carter administration of the 1970s, human rights preservation became a U.S. foreign policy objective.
Earlier this year I had the opportunity to intern with World Trade Press in Petaluma, California. World Trade Press is a web- and print-based publishing company that specializes in international trade materials designed for a wide audience, including schools, libraries, internationally focused businesses, and independent travelers. The company’s philosophy is to bolster international trade communications … [Read more…]
After working as mask designer for Cornell’s 2012 production of Romeo and Juliet, I was inspired to make an in-depth study of mask making techniques in the Italian Commedia dell’Arte.
Pulmonary hypertension, or high blood pressure in the lungs, is a progressive, fatal condition marked by narrowed pulmonary arteries and increased pulmonary arterial pressures, which lead to heart failure and death. Currently, few validated guidelines for treatment of pulmonary hypertension exist, and pulmonary hypertension patients require specialized care from expert physicians in regional centers. Developing … [Read more…]
In this project, I will explore the programing language of Pure Data to create an electroacoustic composition. Developed by Miller S. Puckette, Pure Data is an open source, dataflow, programming language similar to Max/MSP that involves connecting functional objects in a series of time-based processes.
In many cases, popular culture presents archives as secretive, restricted, dusty places in which a few documents of value are kept hidden. One glance at the Cornell College Archives proves that this is not the case.
(Presented in Spanish) In early twentieth-century Spanish culture – and the culture of centuries prior – a proper Spanish woman was expected to guard her virginity, unless an honorable sanctioned marriage should occur. In turn, the honor of her family name would be preserved. This family honor was one of extreme importance in Spanish culture, … [Read more…]
Ludwig II, King of Bavaria, connected with Wagner’s characters on a more personal wavelength than any other individual in history. Because of his rarefied upbringing and consequently lofty worldview, he saw the great composer’s art as none of his contemporaries could. In Ludwig, Wagner found his perfect audience, a man uniquely equipped to appreciate the … [Read more…]
Germany has come a long way since the devastating economic and political consequences of World War I and the Versailles Treaty. Since the inception of the European Union, then called the European Coal and Steel Community, Germany has been on a peculiar upward trajectory, in terms of industry, finance, governance, and economics the world over.
Aerosols are known to directly influence the climate and individual aerosol droplets can contain a diverse mixture of both inorganic and organic components. Dicarboxylic acids, a water soluble class of organic acids prevalent in the atmosphere, are believed to originate from photochemical decomposition of larger organic matter. Using the air-water interface as a model system … [Read more…]
For nineteenth-century composer Richard Wagner, animal rights and vegetarianism were both important issues. As a composer, philosopher, and artist, he advocated for humane treatment of animals; however, his motives were not always clear. Besides an overwhelming sense of compassion for animals, he also had complex notions of their relation to purity. This paper contains an … [Read more…]