Freeman Intern Fellowship #2: A Typical Day in my Hong Kong Internship (Weekdays Only)!

Hi Everyone,

I have learned so much this summer, but something I knew before and definitely had affirmed was how bad I am at blogging. Apologies for taking so long with my updates! As I’ll talk about in this post and subsequent ones, life is very busy here, and I have little time for anything besides work during the week (and thus, my weekends are spend anywhere but a computer). My summer is winding down, though, and I am finding some time to write many update posts this week on my internship, and experience, in Hong Kong.

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Post 2

Over the past weeks of research preparation, the design for my study has transformed quite a bit in order to fit a more dependable method of measurement and a more narrow research question.

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The Climb to Chaguite

“Very few communities have organized capacity for collective action,” but what makes this concept vital in marginalized communities is their lack of access to the most basic tangible resources. In many instances, collective capacity resulting in community action is crucial because it is one of the few resources a community does not have to depend on an outside source for (Aday, forthcoming).

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What it takes (To Get Good Data)

There are things to be said about both “field work” and “lab work.” Doing work in bacteriophage ecology, you get a taste of both. I can say that going outside to collect samples is hard, sweaty work (especially in the throes of Williamsburg swamp summer). To avoid the dangers (to me, that means ticks for the most part. *shudders*), you can work in a nice air-conditioned lab room, but you have to trade out seeing the sun. Either way, we all know that there is SO much more going on behind the scenes than what is neatly summed up in the “Methods” section of a journal article.

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