Hydrogeology Research: Thirsty Work

The past few weeks have been my first as a full-time researcher, and I have learned a lot about my project and about myself. The unstructured nature of research is so radically different than classes that at first I was frustrated by the slow pace at which I seemed to be making progress. I’m learning that the truth is, if you are doing sound research and digging into making sense of your data, it takes a while. I unrealistically believed I could knock down a major research question a week for the summer. The reality is that some weeks, all you do is raise more questions.

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Barbados fortification research

Today is my twelfth day in Barbados, and the saying is true, things do go much slower here on the island.  Soon I will begin surveying a couple potential excavation sites, as the group I will be working with arrives this Wednesday. I have used my time here to research what little is know about the forts in Barbados.

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Back in the US!

I am on campus and working through analysis done by an alumnus team member Molly Copeland. I have begun to put together a summary of how social network analysis has been used by the team and the indicators for further rounds of SNA, a full population study. Copeland’s analysis of Cuje’s and Chaguite’s networks provided empirical grounding in the teams past decisions. I have looked through her data sets and summaries of her work. I was also able to skype with her to add a narrative to the data.

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Week 6: Decisions and New Directions

This past week has been an interesting opportunity for networking, as well as testing the waters; despite the fact that the seven week scope of this project is fast approaching, I hope to continue research as the summer goes on, so I am keeping a loose deadline and my options open. I have largely stuck with my original research objectives, but as I continue investigating abortion legislation and access, new areas of study present themselves, and I believe them to be worth exploring.

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