Adding a Bit of Culture to the Site Monday, Feb 18 2008 

I don’t know about you guys, but I struggled to get some of those photos online. Between linking them to their originating sites and making them look proper, I acquired some grey hairs. Now that the culture site is turned in, I think we can all agree that it is time to take a deep breath. Thank you guys for your comments, some were very helpful.

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Seeing the Light for my Culture Site Monday, Feb 11 2008 

It took me a little while to get the hang of the sub-page function. It did not work for me right away but these childpages should now be fully operational. Who knew that this would be so involved…

Shh! This is a Library Monday, Feb 4 2008 

This is the first time that I have had dealings with a library and have not been “Shh-ed”. I am impressed with how the WS320 library help page is set up. I found it very easy to navigate and it was instrumental in my arrival at the resources I required.

I feel as though I have a fair amount of support for my upcoming paper, but you never know when you going to find that research that really bolsters your essay. This being said, I emailed Jane Nichols; however, she has yet to respond to my inquery so I am anxiously awaiting her response. I got to her a little bit late so I am not surprised that she wanted to enjoy her weekend. It’s nice to know people still do that!

Rosalind Franklin- The DNA of Innovation Saturday, Feb 2 2008 

Rosalind Elsie Franklin was born on July 25th, in London, England, into a Jewish family. This family was well educated, by society’s standards, and was active in many facets of their community. Rosalind attended one of the few science oriented schools in London and it was there that she proved her affluence at a young age. She was to become a scientist and went to study at Newnham College.  

She decided work towards a doctorate at Cambridge University, where she later received her PhD. She began working with X-Ray diffraction at the Laboratoire Central des Services Chimiques de L’Etat in Paris. “Rosalind learned many different techniques, and how to use them to extract DNA fibers and arrange them into bundles. She eventually, using this method, discovered the key to DNA structure” (MNSU.edu). Then, using these X-Ray diffraction techniques, she essentially photographed this structure and captured the essence of human life. The image was one of many by various researchers that hinted at a helix, but its singular clarity helped lead Dr. Watson and his colleague Francis Crick to the structure of DNA” (NYTimes.com). Soon thereafter, the two, along with their accomplice Maurice Wilkins, would be solely credited with the discovery and would leave Rosalind, the “helpless woman”, to be forgotten.  

To get to speak with such a mind would be a life changing experience. I would love to converse with her regarding the controversy surrounding her story and about the challenges she faced to accomplish what she did, in spite of how women were treated in those days

This is an edited copy of my intro; read on in my culture site project…

Culture Site to do In-Spite… Friday, Jan 18 2008 

I think that in-spite of its time consuming nature, this project will be an eye opener to many regarding the “oppression” of women. Women have been instrumental in our nation’s development but they do not always get credit for it!