Abstracts of 2014 Edition
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Luis Miguel Parrado
History has shown that democracy has continually ebbed and flowed towards more states embracing the democratic ideals of free and fair elections and the rule of law. This paper analyzes the democratization of Estonia at the end of the Cold War. It starts by providing the historical context for the Soviet domination of this Baltic state, then considers the external and internal variables that drove the process of democratization in Estonia, concluding with considerations of the modern political institutions and current state and future prospects for the security sector of Estonia.
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Class of 2016
Political Science Major
From Satanic to Sublime: Marlowe's Faustus and Milton's Satan as Prototypes of the Romantic Hero
The concept of the romantic hero is conventionally considered a product of the Byronic era. These transgressive individuals are self-fashioning, dark and passionate, and transcend the boundaries of normal human experience. However, if we go back in time and examine earlier works of literature, such as Christopher Marlowe's famous play Dr. Faustus, or John Milton's Paradies Lost, we can find many elements of the modern romantic hero. This paper seeks to show that the two main characters from these two great works are in fact prototypes of the romantic hero.
The paper that I wrote is on the topic of the transition from Rhodesia to Zimbabwe and the effect of that transition on the country. I focused on the problems with the land policy, the economy, the politics, and the citizen's rights that were brought on by civil war before the transition and how these problems had a devastating effect on the, then, newly formed country of Zimbabwe.
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Graduate Student and TAC Officer
Matriculation (photograph #1)
Graduation (photograph #2)
Who is La Malinche? The enigmatic worman, who served as a translator for Hernan Cortes' conquest of the Aztec Empire, has been widely vilified as a traitor to the indigenous people of Mexico. To others, she was considered a bridge between civilizations, and the mother of the mestizos, or people of mixed Spanish and indigenous descent. Her myth has grown, shrouding the truth behind layers of political views, nationalism, sexism, and feminism. This essay sheds light into the changing nature of the myth, and reasons as to why she remains such a controversial figure even today.
Use of Percoll Gradient for Purifying Mitochondria Preparation in Brassica Olerace with Histone H3 implications
Histone H3 has contributed to many cell processes between mitochondria and the nucleus. Researching histone H3 in the mitochondria could help us understand how eukaryotes evolved from prokaryotes. Our research could provide insight into the mechanisms that are involved in nuclear genes that encode mitochondrial proteins believed to have been exported to the nucleus from the mitochondria at one point and later gained mitochondrial targeting sequence.