Traditionally, the last blog post of summer research is supposed to sum up the summers work. Content wise, a lot of that has been covered in the past two blog posts. In those posts I discuss the theoretical meat of my project in greater detail. However, I want to take this opportunity to share some of the more personal lessons that I’ve learned working on my project this summer.
Since I’ve started my research, I’ve come across numerous reports, stories and articles related to coal, and thus my project. Today, I figured I would share one of the more recent pieces as a blog post.
While I was off splunking through Central America on the WM Social Entrepreneurship Study Abroad Program, Professor Kaup was hard at work (I assume) doing a feasibility assessment on our project. Using a fairly large sample size of ~150 cases (out of 225+), the initial analysis suggest that some variables of interest have little to no statistical effect on our DV, that is, whether or not a power plant is/was constructed. The only variable that seemed to have an effect was the number of jobs a plant would create, although that relationship was weak. Suffice it to say, we’re in a bit of a pickle, at least in regards to our original method. As such, Professor Kaup and I have decided to approach our project from a different angle.
Hello World! My name is Daniel Casey and I am a sophomore (I’ll make my transition to rising junior in about two weeks… exams are fun) here at the grand ole College of William and Mary. I am a government and sociology double major. Within these two disciplines, I have a particular interest in inequalities (be they political, social, environmental etc.) and how resistance forms (or doesn’t form) in response to inequality– an interest that will be fitting nicely with my summer research.
Since spring semester of my freshman year, I have been working in Dr. John Griffin’s lab. Dr. Griffin is a neuroscience professor at the college, and his research focuses on determining the thermoregulatory pathways in the hypothalamus. In general, the lab studies the effects that certain drugs have on the firing rate of neurons to determine what receptors and molecules might be at play in thermoregulation. Lately, however, I have been working on two new projects that could provide major breakthroughs in the study of thermoregulation.