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The End of the Road

By • Aug 26th, 2014 • Category: China, Honors Thesis, Research, Teaching

What a close to my final week in Uganda! From Monday to Wednesday, I was traveling around the rapidly-expanding city of Hoima and Lake Albert, which are in the western part of Uganda, to attend a conference on monitoring environmental compliance in the…



Semi-Independent Research Projects

By • Aug 26th, 2014 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research, Teaching

Over the past week, Robert and I have moved away from lecture-based instruction or guided exercises and have started to assist workshop participants with semi-independent research projects. With each of the participants now able to use ArcGIS to create…



Into the Field

By • Jul 6th, 2014 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research, Teaching

This past week, the pace of my work changed drastically as I left the Transparency International central office in Kampala for “the field.” To ensure that the GIS trainings would continue to run smoothly while I was away, a necessity given that the classes will begin their independent research projects next week, I spent last […]



A Foray into GIS Instruction

By • Jun 26th, 2014 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research, Teaching

After a week-long delay, caused by some difficulties coordinating with TI-U’s partner organizations, we are now nearing the completion of our second week of ArcGIS trainings. These trainings are divided into two sections, each of which meets twice a week for two hours, thus providing TI-U staff and its partners with a great deal of […]



A Feel for Kampala

By • Jun 22nd, 2014 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research, Teaching

With two weeks in Kampala under my belt, I’ve begun to recover from my initial culture shock and acclimate to daily life in a developing metropolis. For this previously-uninitiated Westerner, that has required a great deal of compromise and a budding tolerance for boda-bodas (motorcycle taxis) on Kampala’s perpetually gridlocked, street sign-less roads. In this […]



Weeks 8-9: A Brief Aside on an Unexpected Opportunity

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

In the midst of writing lesson plans, I recently had a very unique opportunity. A few weeks ago, I contacted William and Mary’s School of Education to see if I could talk to any of the faculty members about developing science curricula. I had hea…