The Church of Stalin

A dramatic shift of Stalin’s policies had significant impact on the Soviet society during World War II. Stalin decided to tolerate the Church playing a greater role in the war after a decade of systematic repression. The focus question of this essay is “How did the role of the Russian Orthodox Church change between 1941 and 1945?”. This essay will examine multiple perspectives including economic, social and political reasons for Stalin’s decision in regard of the Second World War. When looking into the significant shift, 1941 stands out because the Church was again allowed to operate. Whereas 1945 marks the year when the persecution of the Church was reintroduced. This topic is clearly present in Russian society today. Even 70 years after the persecution many questions go unanswered.

An investigation of genomic alterations for the survival of high-grade astrocytic tumours

Glioblastoma is a grade IV astrocytic tumour and is anaggressive brain tumours mostly affecting adults. Survival rates are poor and in an attempt to further understand the cancer and develop treatment that can better fight the tumour and further increase survival rates, experts aim to understand Glioblastoma biology and different genetic alterations that may have an effect on survival. This essay aims to explore two genetic alterations, MGMT gene methylation and IDH gene mutation and their effect on the overall survival rate of Glioblastoma when given the Stupp protocol as treatment.

Wave-particle duality: an experimental test of Compton’s theory

The aim of my project was to test Compton’s model for the interaction between electromagnetic (EM) radiation and free electrons. Compton’s development of this model was of great importance for the understanding of the wave-particle duality. It is based on a particle model for EM radiation, which in classic physics is interpreted as waves. I tested the model by analyzing scattering in the angles between 60 and 120 degrees. The results in the angles above 70 degrees corresponded well with the model, and the deviations in the lower angles could be explained by systematic sources of error. Thus the results do not indicate that the theory should be reevaluated, but support the particle model for the interaction between EM radiation and matter.

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