Blog Post 7

This week was focused on the editing of a colleague’s papers in order to expedite its publishing process. We focused our lab meetings on Dunlosky’s 2013 papers in order to make sufficient edits to this paper. Through doing so, we each increased our own writing capabilities as we took more of a reviewer’s approach. This reminded me of how I one day hope to be a teacher or professor.

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Blog Post 6

This week was productive in an odd fashion. While our lab meetings focused on aphantasia, I still got a tremendous amount of work done. Emma and I continued to reach out to school districts and completed a draft of our introductory survey for the participants in the study. We can finally begin scripting videos for use in the study, which will probably focus on topics like mitosis, evolution and speciation.

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Blog Post 5

This week was very productive, as Emma and I submitted our IRB information to begin our study this year, which is a continuation of her thesis. The reason we cannot begin now is because the high school academic year is not yet in progress. Because of this, the remainder of the summer will be spent in preparation for the coming semesters. We have begun to reach out to high schools in Virginia to discuss their participation in our research.

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Blog Post 4

This week had a lot of change in store for the Heideman lab. After reading Wu and Rau, 2019, my P.I. decided that a lot of things needed to be adjusted for my project. Rather than a continuation of Emma Arents’ thesis, he would rather see something catered more towards STEM drawing and preparation for professionals.

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Blog Post 3

This week I began drafting my paper by creating “introduction” and “theoretical framework” sections. Within these two, the readers will find background knowledge about “minute sketches” and their applicability to different subjects. Many articles are cited within these (for 2 pages, I have already acquired a double-digit number of sources). I have also been in touch with Emma Arents to discuss further actions regarding the continuation of her thesis.

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