Trouble-Shooting in Psychology

Through designing and beginning to run my own psychology study, I have begun to understand the ins and outs of the research process at a depth that I was not able to attain in past years by simply helping to conduct someone else’s study.  While the initial tasks of choosing a topic and how to generally study it were exciting due to the opportunities they presented for a vast array of possible avenues and new knowledge to be gained, deciding on the particulars of the experimental design for my study presented opportunities of a different kind: those for missteps and pitfalls.

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Summer Honors Project: Video Installation Proposal Abstract

For my honor project, Projecting Emotion: Multimedia Installation in Studio Art Practices, I will make a series of works using videos, projections, interactive designs as well as objects. The core of my project is rooted in sculptural issues and considerations. The project will explore and experiment with the idea of creating unreal events by making virtual light/virtual images, and how such virtual light/image exists in evolving cycles of rhythmic time and how it can be approached by or extend to our bodily senses. While a real event emanates from real circumstances, an unreal event is the tidbit of hallucinations gleaned from real circumstances put together to form a reproduction of reality. My work is an ongoing event of such reproduction. The medium of the reproduction can be divided into three components—light, time, and senses. The thin layers of virtual light (for example, in videos and projections), the rhythm and changing cycles of time, and the senses within or extending outside of bodies, all are the materiality and technique used in the making of unreal events. The light, rhythmic time and senses also become the texture and storyline woven into the unreal event. They are not separate factors but are intertwined with each other to form ideas and concepts and to complete the texture and structure of my work.

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Of Course it was the Women

An important part of generating new scholarship is presenting that scholarship for critique. I had the opportunity in April to present what I have learned about the generation of jail debt in antebellum Virginia at the Business History Conference. The “BHC” is a group of historians and economists who study business, capitalism, and economic history in all areas of the world. It’s a fun bunch!

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Last month I blogged about how all the best sources for my project went up in smoke as the Confederates were evacuating Richmond in 1865, but how I wasn’t loosing hope. And I have been rewarded for my positive thoughts!

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Elements: The Choreographic Process

By Hailey Arindaeng (’18)

As a dance minor and president of Orchesis Modern Dance Company, I am excited to be in the process of choreographing the finale piece for Orchesis’ student choreographed show, An Evening of Dance. Entitled Elements, my finale piece explores the four natural elements of life. The finale features all 22 members of Orchesis who were divided into four groups: fire, earth, water, and air. The dancers were assigned their elements based on movement aesthetic preferences as well as practical logistics such as providing a variety of class years for mentorship as well as height considerations. The movement will explore the organic interactions that arise between these elements. I was inspired by how nature can coexist in such a breathtaking, peaceful manner that one can observe while hiking a mountain or venturing into a forest ecosystem. However, the elements can also cause unpredictable and alarming natural disasters in the form of devastating hurricanes and monsoons to name a few examples. The overarching movement quality will leverage my personal movement aesthetic of powerful, more angular movement with jazzier undertones. However, the movement and accompanying motifs will also reflect the qualities of each element. Water and air, for instance, will have more sustained and ethereal qualities, while fire and earth will be more percussive and grounded.

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Whaddaya mean there are no records?!

I had only barely started and my research had already come to a screeching halt.

“Almost all of the records for the city of Richmond for the 1840s were burned during the Civil War,” said the researcher at the Library of Virginia.

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Silk stockings are the smoking gun (Navarrese Private Libraries – Part 2)

In the first post about what I’m using my Student Research Grant for, I tried to give an overview of what I’m using it for and a little taste of my research. In this post, I’d like to take you through the most thrilling example of what has come up in my research.

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Navarrese Private Libraries – Part 1

For my Student Research Grant, I was able to fund the digitization of some 16th and 17th court documents from the Archivo Diocesano de Pamplona (ADP) in Pamplona, Spain. These are for the honors thesis that I am currently writing about private libraries in the 16th and 17th centuries. Within these court documents, scribes and notaries painstakingly (or carelessly) noted down the household goods, papers, and books of individuals. I am interested in the books of 35 individuals whose personal libraries were inventoried so that the parties fighting over the goods could be sure of what the deceased owned. These documents offer some of the best insight into how people interacted with books in the 16th and 17th centuries.

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Abstract–African American Credit Use in the Early Republic

My name is Amanda Gibson, and I am a PhD candidate in the history department.

Credit was and is central to the growth of capitalism. My dissertation will uncover the credit market experiences of those most vulnerable to the externalities associated with a slavery-based capitalist economy. It will describe enslaved and free African Americans’ use of credit from the American Revolution to the Civil War.

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Orpheus Island in closing

Well, Dr. Allen and I leave Orpheus Island in two days. This trip has been extremely fast!


We finally figured out how to culture the crown-of-thorns larvae. It turns out our larvae were dying from copper toxicity. The freshwater here runs through copper pipes, so when we wash our glassware in the freshwater and place larvae in it, they die.

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