“Female Husbands”: Trans-Masculine Identities in 1800s British & American Newspapers

The goal of this project is to gain an accurate picture of how a variety of 1800s and early 1900s British and American newspapers portrayed and represented "female husbands," assigned-female-at-birth people who lived and married as men. This project is part of book chapter that I am writing on two of the best known of these individuals in Victorian England, James Allen of London (c1787-1829) and Henry "Harry" Stokes of Manchester (c1799-1859). In this chapter, I am delineating how the common features of these narratives—the medical-legal examination of bodies, the chronicling of masculine work and habits, and the fascination with wives—sit at the intersections of the re-enforcement of the gender binary and transgender self-creation.

Applying Modern Electronic Structure Methods to Investigate Weakly Bound Dimers

Students will learn how to apply modern electronic structure methods to investigate weakly-bound dimers. Emphasis will be on studying hydrogen-bonded dimers to compute molecular properties such as binding energy, bond order, hybridizations, and overlap integral, as well as spectroscopic properties. My research group uses natural bond orbital (NBO) and natural resonance theory (NRT) with natural energy decomposition analysis to understand the physical bases underlying the formation of hydrogen bond because of its biological and atmospheric importance.

Comparison of Analysis Techniques for Assessing Oropharyngeal Swallow from Videofluoroscopy

This study consists of comparing four methods for analysis of videofluoroscopic swallow studies (VFSS) which are used to diagnosis persons who might have problems swallowing. Analysis methods to be compared include the Modified Barium Swallow Impairment Profile, Swallowtail Advanced VFSS Measurement Software, Vallecular Residue Ratio Scale, and Normalized Residue Ratio Scale.