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It’s Research Time!

I think I’ve mentioned this semester’s research project here once or twice. Well, it’s been approved by our Institutional Review Board, and it’s data collection time! If you’d like to participate, read on.

I’m conducting research into attitudes about body size and health at Indiana University Southeast and I’d like to invite those of you who are at least 18 years of age to participate.

My study has been approved by IUS’ Institutional Review Board and assigned protocol number 14.55. Below the cut, you’ll find a full description and a link to the survey, which should take around 10 minutes to complete and which is housed on the Qualtrics website.

Please feel free to forward this link to anyone who might find it interesting. Together, I hope we can learn a little more about how people feel about the relationship between body size and health.


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Academic Squid Chronicles: For Science!

My Senior Seminar professor has approved my new project idea (yay!), so it looks like I’ll be doing A Whole New Thing this semester.

Part of that thing will involve research involving an online survey — and, provided that our Institutional Review Board says it’s okay — you can participate!

As such, I won’t be talking about my research here very much until later in the semester, after I’ve collected my data, but I will definitely keep the whole universe apprised. If you think you might like to be a research participant, keep an eye out, and I’ll post a link here at some point.

I’m really excited about this semester’s project. Like my previous project, it’s something I should be able to build upon later in my career, should I be so inclined. And without putting to fine a point on it, I think it’s definitely something that’s relevant to my goals as a future dance-movement therapist.

In other news, I’m actually ahead of the curve on my precalc homework (woohoo!) and, having taken the precalc pre-test, I feel fairly comfortable with the material we’ll be covering. I’ve encountered quite a bit of it before in other contexts — particularly in chemistry or in the catch-all Finite Math class I took a few semesters back. I haven’t worked with conic sections (though I’ve encountered them just recently in one of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s early works), but I think I should be okay.

Next week I’ve got an advising appointment to make sure that I’m squared away on all my graduation requirements, and right now I’m on my little labor day mini-vacation (some of which will be devoted to doing homework, of course).

Ballet class tonight; brought my ballet stuff with me so I don’t have to try to dash home between school and ballet. That didn’t work out too well on Monday, so today I’m just going to wander around in the world, dine out, and generally not go home until after ballet class. I have my laptop and all my homework stuff, so I might even do something productive.

Then again, I might just play video games and goof off, because I have enough of my schoolwork behind me to allow for a bit of that.

Read-A-Thon Prep!

I’ve been gathering books (with some help from my school’s book sale, where I’ve found some good titles at $0.50/each) for Dewey’s Read-A-Thon.

The plan is to start with these:

Books for Read-A-Thon: A Separate Peace by John Knowles; The Dancer's Way by Linda H. Hamilton, PhD. and New York City Ballet; and Eminent Dogs and Dangerous Men by Donald McCaig.

An old friend (I’m re-reading -A Separate Peace-) and some new friends waiting for tomorrow.
(A Separate Peace by John Knowles; The Dancer’s Way by Linda H. Hamilton, PhD. and New York City Ballet; and Eminent Dogs and Dangerous Men by Donald McCaig.)

…And this:

La Belle et La Bete

La Belle et La Bete: “Beauty and the Beast” en francais.

I also have a DI Marjory Fleming mystery on tap on the Kindle. Since I have class in the morning, I plan to read that on the bus. I really enjoy Aline Templeton’s books; she writes well, but they’re still very relaxing reads.

I have no idea how much of this snowbank-o-books I’ll make it through, but the idea is to enjoy it rather than to kill myself (kind of like the bike ride I took this evening!).

In other news, general updates:

Monday’s ballet class was a mixed bag — my core was more together, my turns were in some cases pretty good — but my head wasn’t entirely in the game the whole way. I think it was a function of not having slept well at all for a few nights in a row, so I’m hoping to be much better after a good, solid rest tonight. I got “Use your technique; don’t lose your technique,” a couple of times on Monday; while that implies that maybe there’s some technique in here somewhere after all (ha!), I’m hoping I’ll hear a bit less of that. I do get overenthusiastic in the turns, though, sometimes.

I wore my stripey shirt on Monday.

I wore my stripey shirt on Monday. Addendum: I should have captioned this, “Use your technique; don’t abuse your technique.”

Today was the Student Conference (undergraduate edition), and I think it went quite well. Bringing my poster to school (and back) was interesting, as we didn’t have a sufficiently-sized poster tube and I didn’t have time to get one.

I am super, super tired at this point, so I’ll probably turn in pretty soon so I can get a good night’s rest in before class tomorrow.

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