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Non-exercise activity thermogenesis and individual variation in predisposition to diet induced obesity in Mus musculus
Human obesity rates and related diseases are rising globally. This study’s purpose
is to use Mus musculus as a model organism to investigate if an increase in
non-exercise activity thermogenesis (NEAT) will reduce predisposition to diet
induced obesity. We monitored 12 outbred mice who were fed a standard diet and
switched to a high-fat diet. Measurements of activity and growth rate for individual
mice were recorded. Our results found a large variation in the change in mass after
switching diet. Our statistical analysis showed no significant correlation between
NEAT and the predisposition to diet induced obesity in the mice.
Too high maintenance for me! The effect of dietary restrictions on impressions of romantic partners
This study examined people’s stereotypes of others who adhere to a gluten-free or
vegan diet within the context of dating. We hypothesized that people with
gluten-free and vegan dietary restrictions would be perceived as less desirable
romantic partners compared to people with no dietary restrictions. One hundred and
sixty two single students from Western Connecticut State University completed the
study online. Participants answered four open-ended questions (among other
questionnaires) pertaining to their impressions of others with dietary restrictions.
Coding of responses revealed that both gluten-free and vegan hypothetical dates
were viewed as high-maintenance, picky, cautious, healthy and judgmental.
Plumbing the depths: History of Candlewood Lake
As part of my Herbert Janick Fellowship, I designed an online exhibit that traces the
creation of Candlewood Lake through newspapers, photographs, land deeds, and
maps from the endeavor known as the Rocky River Power Project. The exhibit
chronologically marks the initiatives taken by former Connecticut Light and Power
Company’s president J. Henry Roraback to build the first hydroelectric power plant
and storage basin of its kind in the United States. An interactive 1920’s map
highlights the scale of the project and properties purchased, as well as provides a
clearer understanding of its impact on local towns near Candlewood Lake.