Update from Washington: More of the Same

Since I last posted, not much has really changed in terms of what I am currently working on. There are still many cards to be looked at for their relevancy to my project and I will then need to scan the important ones for analysis. I’ll admit that this can be at times a bit tedious, but I know that doing this is very important, because there is so much information that can be gained from these cards. It is imperative to gain an accurate understanding about what insects were around American chestnuts before blight was introduced in order to understand what impact blight has had on insect populations. As of right now, I have scanned around 3500 cards and will continue to scan more this week. I will hopefully be done with scanning in the next few days and will then discuss with my mentor what will be the next appropriate step. We will see what happens next!

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A revolutionary, riots, and rising prices

Ahmed Hassan, Egyptian revolutionary.

Ahmed Hassan, Egyptian revolutionary of Oscar-nominated documentary, The Square.

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Into the Field

This past week, the pace of my work changed drastically as I left the Transparency International central office in Kampala for “the field.” To ensure that the GIS trainings would continue to run smoothly while I was away, a necessity given that the classes will begin their independent research projects next week, I spent last weekend crafting exercises and Robert taught this week’s classes. In these classes, data aggregation techniques were reinforced and students were taught how to use several external applications, such as Tabula, which pulls information from tables in PDF documents and places it into an Excel spreadsheet.

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