Data entry (and just in time)

The month of June, weekends and all, will remain in my mind for eternity as a blur of sunrises, suburbia, and songbirds. The discipline these surveys required still exhausts me when I think I about it. The most difficult aspect, however, was the temporal isolation that a 9:00pm bedtime during college brings. If I were to be at some remote field site, as I have was last summer in Alaska or this past summer in the rainforests of Madagascar, the all powerful force of Fear Of Missing Out (FOMO) would not have been so intense. Despite these seemingly undesirable attributes of June, as I look back now it’s hard to regret pushing my personal limits to the extent I did. Because… Now I can analyze the data!!* Quite possibly the best part of the end of a trying field season is that very idea.

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Thnks fr th Mmrs (of your LGBTIQ+ experience at W&M)

With a recently approved PHSC proposal in hand to conduct oral histories with support from Swem Special Collections, I am scheduling appointments and meetings to actually conduct the oral history interviews with the alumni I have contacted. Jeff Trammell (WM ’73 and former Rector of the College) has served as an extremely helpful resource in finding LGBTIQ alums that are also members of other underrepresented groups. He has already been interviewed by the Stephens Project at Special Collections but he put me in contact with many of my potential interviewees. I have also been testing and researching several options for recording phone or video calls for my oral histories. I do not want to limit my pool of alumni to only those within driving distance and have had some luck in finding a couple viable options (although any suggestions from more tech savvy summer researchers would be much appreciated!)

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Slimming Down For Summer

We’ve plunged headlong into summer now, which means everyone’s suiting up and hitting the beaches. Getting a “summer bod” has been on the minds of many since pretty much just after New Years. For humans there’s just one simple step to achieving a perfect beach body: take your body, and put it on a beach. Done and done. For my thesis, however, it wasn’t quite as easy. It was hitting the Normandy invasion beaches (specifically the American sectors, Omaha and Utah), and it definitely was not ready.

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