Traditions, Adaptations & Challenges– TCM Today

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Over spring break, I had the opportunity to visit a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) clinic in Xi’an opened by a friend of my parents. After my research and blog post on medicine in China in the Late Modern Era, I wanted to see how TCM has adapted to the modern world in which Western Medicine is dominating, pushing TCM aside as “Alternative Medicine.” Continue reading

Reflection+ New Work -Bess

After some reflection and review of my timeline for this semester, I decided not to research the additional poet I was planning on researching, as I want to get started with my work as soon as possible. Personally, I feel that from learning about Ezra Pound and Langston Hughes, I accomplished my goals of

  • Learning some history about poetry
  • Exploring new writing styles
  • Understanding the difference between purpose and tension in a poem
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Fashion as Armor 3 – Bay

After I did some research on Asian armor, specifically Japanese Samurai’s armor, I realize that almost all the armor around the world are surprisingly similar. Chainmail, layered metal plates and exclusively for male are abundant in virtually in every armor design around the world, some of the few differences are the arrangement of the metal plates and the embellishments. In addition, the designs and embellishments of the armors from whatever culture were already made to be flattering on human body, for example, the photos I provided in Blog 1 show how each piece was made and tailored to the wearer, so I took the inspiration quite directly and so I want to challenge myself a little bit more so I start looking into “Natural Armor.”

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Last Two Weeks – Baiting

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Since my last blog, I have been working on three different projects: Modeling the Future, Science Fair (Abstract Algebra), and M3 Challenge, another mathematical modeling competition. In this blog, I will talk about all three competitions I have been working on. For Abstract Algebra, I will also use part of my paper to talk about Lagrange’s Theorem. Continue reading

Taking the Helm

Recently, my younger sister picked up an immense social project where she is helping donate toys to CHOP. My little sister taking on this project is just one of many examples of young women in the world taking the helm and leading where the next generation will go. So, today I will be focussing this blog on the younger women of my age category (8-14) and sharing the stories of some extraordinary young women. Continue reading

Managing Algal Growth and Plan Moving Forward – Nick

    The last two weeks have been pretty slow compared to the rest of the time in the experiment. This is because the main focus of the past weeks have mainly been algae control and tank cleanliness. This has been difficult to maintain because the local aquarium does not have any snails in stock.

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Langston Hughes- Bess

Born in Missouri in 1902, Langston grew up to be one of the most well-known poets/writers of the 20th century. Focusing on Hughes in this post will definitely be a different direction than Ezra Pound, as Hughes wrote more than just poetry, (Novels, short stories, essays, and plays) along with the influence of jazz and black folk rhythms in his work. He is also known for his influential work in the Harlem Renaissance.

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Genitourinary cancer research: Revising

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Throughout the past few weeks, I have been in contact with both ATCC and NanoEnTek regarding the NBT-II cell line. After further analyzation of the protocol provided to me by ATCC technical support and cross-comparison with my own procedures carried out, it was clear that two steps were not carried out. The first instance was not washing the cell lines in Dulbecco Phosphate Buffered Saline. DPBS removes excess serum left behind from medium and inhibits or lengthen the trypsinization period possibly preventing the adherent cells from completely detaching from the bottom of the T-75 flasks. Additionally, during the initial subculturing carried out I was supposed to centrifuge the complete growth medium from the T-75 flask at 125xg for 5-7 minutes and then resuspend these cells in fresh media as an additional culture to keep going. Additionally, I will be purchasing more of the Eve NanoEnTek cell counting slides to further test the viability of my new cells following my initial culturing.

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Exploring Modern Cambodia–Nina

After discussing my research progress with T.Margaret over the last week, I decided to first explore modern Cambodia in the wake of the Khmer Rouge Movement before jumping straight into the unit on Czechoslovakia. So in this blog post, I will discuss some of my findings on the lasting impact of the Khmer Rouge Movement on aspects of Cambodian society today. Continue reading