draft project figure keys

Submitted by jkswanson on Fri, 11/09/2018 - 09:37

Figure 1: This is the basic setup for the LED during this study. Multiple resistors and multiple different colors will be used.

Figure 2: This is what the set up will actually look like with the spider habitat, except a 9 volt battery will be used instead.

Figure 3: This is how far into the habitat the LED goes,just so the lip of the LED is on the outside of the container.

Figure 4: The spider habitat is kept in or under a box to isolate it from any outside light sources other than the LED.

 

draft virtual poster tour

Submitted by jkswanson on Fri, 11/09/2018 - 09:35

Putting up a finished project onto a poster board to present has been a part of science forever now and some things constitute a good poster while others bad, and some combination can land most posters in between.  A scientific poster can be viewed as good to different people for different reasons, like the opinion of the article or if that's a field the reader is genuinely into. These are important but also some things across the board that make a good poster board are things such as, the title must sum up the experiment is an understandable way.  The bear minimum requirement for the title should be that, but a good title will also intrigue the reader and almost trap them into wanting to read the rest. The title “ Using zebrafish larval models to study brain injury, locomotor and neuroinflammatory outcomes following intracerebral haemorrhage [version 2; referees: 1 approved, 1 approved with reservations]” is a basic title, just getting the point across, barely simplifying it.  Compared to this title,

Are we aiming to miss in translational autoimmunity treatments?[version 1; referees: awaiting peer review]” which involves the reader and tries to grab their interest with a question.   Another important aspect of a poster is the display of the data, if it is hard to see or make sense out of, the reader is more inclined to lose interest.  Having the entire project be displayed in such a manner that someone who has no clue on the subject can generally figure it out is the aim. This means using words that are not unique to the field of study or if used explaining them in everyday terms.  Another good key for quality posters is length, if the poster is too long it can scare readers away and if too short make them not see the point in the project. Many good things contribute to the quality of posters, these are just a few.

 

pp visual poster

Submitted by msalvucci on Fri, 11/09/2018 - 08:53

While reading the scientific posters, I noticed three positive and negative characteristics of a poster that authors should pay attention to when creating posters. Firstly, researchers should avoid overlapping textboxes or images on the poster in order to keep the text easy to read. Positioning the text incorrectly makes it difficult to read and is distracting to the reader. Instead of overlapping sections, the text boxes and images should flow in an organized order. I noticed a few posters that had text boxes scattered randomly on the poster. These authors should have created distinct margins for each text box and visual on the poster. Having distinct rows and columns makes the poster easier to follow.

Similarly, another common mistake to avoid on posters is having too much text. Including text boxes on a poster is necessary in moderation; however, long blocks of text can be boring to look at and make the reader uninterested. Rather than writing long paragraphs of text, the author should add images or graphs to break up the text. Visuals can make the research easier to understand and give flow to the poster while still adding valuable information. Additionally, the text boxes should be limited in length so that the reader can easily follow the author’s work.

Lastly, authors should avoid creating a poster with only black and white text and visuals. The first impression of a poster is very important in telling whether a reader will be interested in the poster or not. That being said, a dull poster does not catch the eye of the reader. A poster with colors and visuals make it interesting to look at and creates a fascinating first impression. Colors are important because they can be used to highlight different paragraphs or characteristics on a poster. This type of color coding is a useful tool in highlighting areas of a poster to help with organization. It is also important to note that while colors are important, neon colors and confusing patterns should be avoided as this can be distracting. A balance of visuals and color can enhance the poster; this tactic could be as simple as making the background of the poster a light color. 

draft signifigance

Submitted by jkswanson on Fri, 11/09/2018 - 00:56

SIGNIFICANCE  

    The findings of this study will be very beneficial for multiple reasons. The data we collect will give us insight into the behavior and lives of the small cellar spiders that live in basements and homes right alongside humans. Today and going forward, LED lights are the new light bulb, they are more efficient, cheaper and easier to install and use. This means that the LED light will began to have a much larger presence in the outdoors as street lamps, lights in the park, etc.. With LEDs becoming more and more prominent and mixed into our surroundings, this study will show some of the effects LED lights can have on spiders creating their webs, eating, sleeping, and just their overall behavior. Comparing the results of this study to studies about regular light bulbs effects on spiders can be very useful  in helping decide where to put LEDs up, how intense to have them, and the schedule for the LEDs. Many people also face fears of spiders, both rational and irrational. Cellar spiders are one of the most common species of spiders to reside in homes and buildings. The results of this study could be helpful for people to repel spiders from living and coming into their homes and other place. Depending on the results of this study, potentially, differences in color, brightness, and/or the duration of LEDs could be used by anyone who wants keep spiders away.

 

Week 10 PP

Submitted by cdkelly on Thu, 11/08/2018 - 23:18

Each environment chamber will consist of a styrofoam box with a lid, allowing for access to the enclosures and insulation of temperature. A thermometer will be attached to each environment chamber to monitor temperatures and ensure they are constant. The room temperature chamber will have not have any additional materials. The other two environments will have modifications that allow for the control of temperature above and below room temperature (See Figure 2). For the cool condition, an additional layer of plastic will be placed above a layer of ice. The layer of plastic will have a hole in it to allow for replenishing of ice. Melted ice will drain from a hole at the bottom of the environmental chamber into a receptacle. The ice will ensure that the chamber will maintain a cold temperature for the enclosures within to be subjected to. We will determine the ideal interval for changing the ice to ensure constant temperature prior to beginning the experimental procedure. For the warm condition temperature chamber, a heat lamp fixed above the box will maintain it at 25°C. Like the cool condition, we will determine how far to place the heat lamp from the temperature chamber for a constant temperature prior to the introduction of the enclosures.

 

Gynagenesis in monocha lucida

Submitted by mtracy on Thu, 11/08/2018 - 22:50

There are some fish species which reproduce through parthenogensis. This may come in at least two froms, gynagenesis and hybridogenesis. One example of gynagenesis is with fish carrying monocha (M) and lucida (L) genes. Some females are triploid and carry MLL. These females will produce a triploid egg, also MLL. A diploid LL fish will release its L sperm in order to "fertilize" the MLL egg. There is actually no genetic transfer in this process, the sperm only stimulates the MLL egg. Once successfully stimulate, the egg activates and a new triploid MLL female (yes always female) fish is born. So where do males come from if all that is produced from this process is females? The normal diploid population, which is favored by diploid males. Therefore, there are two seperate populations. A diploid population of both males and females and a triploid population of all MLL female clones.

proposal methods draft redo

Submitted by cdkelly on Thu, 11/08/2018 - 22:48

Each environment chamber will consist of a styrofoam box with a lid allowing for access to the enclosures and insulation of temperature. A thermometer will be attached to each environment chamber to ensure constant temperature. The room temperature chamber will have not have any additional materials. The other two environments will have modifications that allow for the control of temperature above and below room temperature(See Figure 2). For the cool condition, an additional layer of plastic will be placed above a layer of ice. The layer of plastic will have a hole in it to allow for replenishing of ice. Melted ice will drain from a hole at the bottom of the environmental chamber into a receptacle. The ice will ensure that the chamber will maintain a cold temperature for the enclosures within to be subjected to. For the warm condition temperature chamber, a heat lamp fixed above the box will maintain it at 25°C.

To determine the web production in each environment, the plastic cup enclosures will be weighed again once five days elapses. The initial weight will be subtracted from the final weight, which will give us the weight of each spider web produced over the course of the experiment. The difference in weight between the temperature groups will then be compared. Finally, a statistical analysis will be run to see if there is significant correlation between temperature and spider web production.

 

proposal abstract rewrite draft part 2

Submitted by cdkelly on Thu, 11/08/2018 - 21:12

Previous research has found that web production is greatly decreased in the cold, thus we expect the cool condition to have the lowest web mass. This research concerns the effect of temperature on web production and can be related to the global shift in temperature. Global warming is altering the climate and resulting in temperatures that would be considered abnormal in the past. As a result, the behavior and localization of organisms will change. We plan to apply this to cellar spiders to observe how global temperature change may alter their behavior, specifically web production.



 

proposal abstract rewrite draft part 1

Submitted by cdkelly on Thu, 11/08/2018 - 20:47

Our research aims to observe the effect of temperature on the production of cellar-spider webs. We plan to include nine spiders and evenly split them across our three conditions. Each spider will be kept in an enclosure based on a design from previous research and placed into one of the conditions. The enclosures will be weighed before they are put into their respective conditions and again when five days elapse. The three temperature conditions utilized for our experiment will include a cool condition, a room temperature condition, and a warm condition. These conditions will be kept at a constant temperature with the utilization of styrofoam boxes for insulation, a heat lamp for the warm condition, and cycling of ice for the cool condition.

 

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