Archive | September, 2011

Reminder – Sophomore Workshops

29 Sep

UHP Sophomores!

If you haven’t yet, be sure to sign up for a sophomore workshop. At these small group sessions, we’ll be discussing:

  • DegreeMAP
  • GPAC v. GCRs
  • remaining Honors requirements
  • spring registration
  • majors and minors
  • study abroad
  • research opportunities
  • the Honors community

We love seeing you here at the UHP townhouse, but spots are going fast! Sign up for remaining available times here.

Network Topology of Variance Decompositions…. [University Seminar]

28 Sep

We thought this University Seminar event might interest some students.  If you’re interested, you’re encouraged to attend.  At the very least, attendance will guarantee that you’ll understand what the title even means.

We are very excited to have Francis Diebold presenting.

October 6, 2011Francis X. Diebold (University of Pennsylvania)
12:30 – 2 pm “On the Network Topology of Variance Decompositions: Measuring the Connectedness of Financial Firms”

Kendrick Seminar Room
Monroe Hall Room 321
2115 G Street NW
Washington, DC 20052

The paper will be distributed at the Seminar.

Investigating Diabetes with the SURE Award

28 Sep

This post is written by UHPer and SURE Award winner Mailin Li.

Mailin Li

Mailin Li

Sometimes, I feel like I’m going crazy. There I am, day after day, in a confined, temperature-regulated space with no natural lighting, pipetting clear liquids into clear liquids and hoping something miraculous occurs.

The topic I’m investigating is amyloidosis, the aggregation of the amylin protein in forming the plaques that lead to diabetes. Diabetes is defined as the insufficient secretion of insulin, a glucose regulating hormone, by beta-cells in the pancreas or decreased ability of insulin in regulating blood glucose, that results in glucose buildup in the blood. Amylin is a protein co-expressed and co-secreted with insulin. In the initial stages of diabetes, the body compensates for the perceived insulin shortage by increasing demand; however, because amylin levels are raised in parallel with that of insulin, excess amylin monomers aggregate to form insoluble amyloid plaques, which eventually kill the islet and cause oxidative stress to the surrounding area. This is where I come in.

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See “Fagbug” at UHP Movie Night [Dinner and a Movie]

28 Sep

Join us Thursday, October 6th 7:30pm in the UHP Club room for movie night!  We bring the movie, and the dinner.  You just show up.  This is open to everyone at GW, so bring a friend!

Fagbug is a Volkswagen Beetle owned by Erin Davies of Albany vandalized on the 11th Annual National Day of Silence in 2007.  Because it sported a rainbow sticker, Erin’s car was spray painted with the words “fag” and “u r gay” placed on the driver’s side window and hood of her car. Despite initial shock and embarrassment, Erin decided to embrace what happened by leaving the graffiti on her car and, in response, put her studies on hold to embark upon a video-documented 55,000 mile journey across the United States, during which she interviewed 500 people and spoke out against hate crimes.  This 2009 documentary is a touching, sometimes upsetting, and surprisingly funny tour of America’s changing attitudes toward LGBT citizens.

UHPer Josh Tallis in Oman

27 Sep

This semester I am studying abroad in Muscat, Oman. Many of you may be thinking, where in the world is that?! You’re not alone. Oman is a relatively small country, with an even smaller population, on the southeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It borders Yemen to the south, Saudi Arabia to the west, the UAE to the north and Iran by sea to the east. It is a land of modernity and tradition blending and colliding, a land with one of the world’s most advanced desalination plants and a Bedouin population that continues to believe in the power of genies to control waterfalls. I am studying political culture and economic development, living with a native host family and all around having a great time! If you’re interested in Arabian living, the Arabic language, Islamic studies or international affairs, this is certainly a good place to be. To follow my exploits you’re more than welcome to read my blog at: joshingabroad.blogspot.com