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An Opportunity for Something New: Jukebox the Ghost’s Tommy Siegel Discusses Their Self-Produced Album Cheers

Photo of Jukebox the Ghost by Alex Bellink Youtube Spotify Instagram Twitter Four years after the release of Off to the Races, beloved pop-rock band Jukebox the Ghost has returned to the scene with Cheers, an adventurous and experimental album self-produced by the group over the course of the pandemic. By combining brand-new songs with …

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Investigation of the role of rfp-1 in synaptic signaling in C. elegans

Abstract Proper neuronal signaling is crucial for any organism to maintain its neurological functions. Abnormal changes in neurotransmitter levels are implicated in neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative diseases. Deficiencies in the balance of excitatory and inhibitory neurotransmission occur in several types of neurodegenerative disease, and deficiencies in sensory signaling can accompany and exacerbate these conditions. A common …

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Investigation of the Roles of fshr-1 and sphk-1 on Life History Traits in C. elegans

Abstract The later years of life are often characterized by declining cognitive function and mobility. One contributor is the cellular accumulation of reactive oxygen species (ROS). However, our understanding of how cells respond to ROS to promote health and survival is incomplete. We focused here on two genes, follicle stimulating hormone receptor-1 (fshr-1) and sphingosine …

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Black Ivy Vacay: A Conversation with Co-Organizer Addis Boyd

All photos by Kike Maldonado After co-organizing a trip for 30 black Ivy League students to Mexico in January, entrepreneur and Columbia student Addis Boyd discussed the planning process and inspiration behind the Black Ivy Vacay. Boyd stressed that the Black Ivy Vacay was a collaboration with Domonique Cynthia, a popular higher education YouTuber and …

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A Toolbox for Tinkering: An Angsty Teen’s Discovery of the Liberal Arts

As I slumped in the back of the admissions presentation at the start of my college road trip, my mother eyed my lack of notetaking with a ferocity that it seems only she can produce. While she furiously scribbled every detail of the presentation and I half-listened to the speaker, one word caught my attention: …

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Blue Fox: A Conversation with DJ Alex Davessar

Photo: @kaomediagroup An entrepreneur, DJ, and electronic music producer, Alex Davessar, also known as BlueFox, is in a constant state of realization and creation.  In his fifth year at The Ohio State University studying science business administration, Davessar describes djing as an escape from his day-to-day studies.  What once started out as a childhood hobby …

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Hear in Color: A Conversation with DJ Carson Albright (All Bright)

Following the same path most of his life, Carson Albright, an up-and-coming DJ called “All Bright” from Columbus, Ohio, talks through his process of realization. A junior zoology major at The Ohio State University, Albright wanted to be a veterinarian for as long as he could remember until six months ago when he recognized a …

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Effects of Binding Pocket Mutations on Substrate Specificity and Enzyme Efficiency of BS2 esterase

Introduction           Serine hydrolases are one of the largest groups of enzymes and the most commonly used for biocatalysts. They are identified by the presence of a highly nucleophilic serine residue within the catalytic triad or dyad that hydrolyze substrates (Kazlauskas). BS2 from bacteria Bacillus subtilis is one known serine hydrolase that has an unselective …

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The Fox

I broke his legs first. The snap of those brittle bones was sharp and quick. I watched him with shaking hands, tension in my chest. His only movements were the soft rise and fall of his side and the dilation of his eyes.  Those eyes. Although my gaze flickered, he never stopped looking at me. …

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