Archive for July, 2012

Fourth Blog Post: Finalizing My Survey

By • Jul 31st, 2012 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Recently, I have been working with my professor to get everything set going into the school year. Just as a reminder, I am working on a project this summer that will allow me to survey political campaign volunteers in Virginia and hopefully map their s…



The Modern History of the Utra-Distance and Minimalist Running Movements

By • Jul 31st, 2012 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Beginning in the 1970s, a new movement was born in America which came to be called the ultra-distance running movement. At the time, a small group of passionate and determined runners catalyzed the movement by racing distances generally ranging from 30…



Transitioning

By • Jul 31st, 2012 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hello all! I’m excited to say that we are done scheduling participants for the study! I thought there might be a minor setback when I had to get surgery on my ankle at the last minute, but luckily I had the support of some really great people who were able to help me do what…
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Drowning in Paper

By • Jul 31st, 2012 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

I’ve finished up my research in D.C. and am in the midst of…well, it sometimes feels like chaos.  I’m going through each individual pension record and plugging information into a database: year applied, if the application was accepted, where the women served, if there’s any evidence of networking with other former nurses, etc.  I’ve done…
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The challenging aspects of working with a vulnerable population

By • Jul 31st, 2012 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Working with a vulnerable population (children with autism), I figured that it would require some serious resource tapping and creativity to find families with CWA to participate. Recruiting participants for my research, however, as been more difficult…



A summer full of methods

By • Jul 31st, 2012 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Friends and followers, Quite some time has passed since my last post, but the summer has been full of promise! I have maneuvered my way through the many obstacles that exist in running a lab-constructed instrument and have paved a solid trail for retrieving the many samples that will comprise the bulk of my research.…
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Under the Surface of a Painting

By • Jul 31st, 2012 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hello again! Due to our collaboration with Shelley Svoboda at the Dewitt Wallace Collections and Conservation building, my lab has access to historical oil paintings to sample and study.  Currently, the piece of interest in my project is the portrait …



A Statistical Epiphany

By • Jul 31st, 2012 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

All of you who are doing data analysis right now will appreciate the story of how I realized I was looking at the bulk of the data in my paper in entirely the wrong way. For part of my paper, I tried to see how much of the variation in the success of c…



Blog 2: Heaps of Data to Sort

By • Jul 31st, 2012 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Now that Camp Launch has ended, I’ve collected video and survey data for 15 subjects. Given the schedule, I’m amazed I actually made it that far, but at least it should be a significant sample. I’m collecting all of it now, and plan t…



Week 10: Planning Plans

By • Jul 31st, 2012 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

The past few weeks have been spent churning out lesson plans, a process which requires a strange combination of methodical thought and creativity. Each lesson plan requires a great deal of order thought:  at the beginning of each lesson, I must specif…