Monday, March 30, 2009

James Balog, extreme ice survey

Jardan and I saw this program on Nova about James Balog and his extreme ice survey, where he was tracking the EXTREME melting of glaciers. Beautiful but heartbreaking. Check these out. There's this incredible aquamarine ice formations and water that have been at the bottom of the glacier, but which have surfaced as the glaciers have melted. All the air was pushed out of them, resulting in the amazing color. I can't copy/paste the photos, so here are a few of my favorite links:

Saturday, March 28, 2009


Hey guys! For the final project in my statistics class, I had to create a short survey for people to take and then analyze the results. It's about abortion and religiosity/spirituality, and I need a BUNCH of people to take it...please help me! The link is

Thanks so much :)

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Light Rail

I've started riding the light rail to/from school. Campus is about 40 minutes away (driving), but I can't park where I used to anymore. The light rail was finished and ready for use at the beginning of the year, but I just started riding about 2 weeks ago. I love it, even though it takes a bit longer. I'm in a qualitative analysis class right now, so one thing I'm learning is how to observe what's around me--become nosey. So now I look forward to my lightrail time, as it is always an adventure. I've seen middle-aged men fight, drunk teenage girls stumble and fall on top of each other, and listened to HILARIOUS elderly men tell dirty jokes. Normally on the light rail there's constant, loud background noise provided by the blasting AC. It's so loud that it muffles most conversations and, if you want, you can effectively ignore anything around you. Tonight at the Van Buren/Central stop the train paused longer than normal, and then the air went off. A conversation that had been going on quickly stopped, and silence ensued. What had been a sterile, impersonal space was suddenly a very small and intimate setting. I could smell the guy in front of me, and across from me heard the woman's clothes move as she uncomfortably shifted. We tried to continue ignoring each other, but we were all painfully aware of one another's presence. What makes us so unable to interact with other people who sit right next to us, whose shoulder has been pressed against mine for the last 30 minutes, but I can't even look at her? An excellent mix of hilarious, awkward, and so fascinating!
I'll be thinking about it more...comments?

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

We took Eve to a free day at the children's museum. I love that this city has a lot of free community events!!

So Jardan and I are doing quite well! We're waiting to hear back from a PD that he did testing for, and meanwhile we've been really busy. He's been doing lots of research and looking at all sorts of jobs, trying to figure out the best path to take. I've been going to school, and even though I had spring break this past week I've been working more than usual because I have so much due! I just finished my last question on my stats midterm. Here's my answer (i know you don't want to read it, but I'm SO PROUD that I figured out how to enter the data into SPSS and also how to conduct the tests and interpret the results!!):
A one-way analysis of variance was conducted to examine the clinical efficacy of an antidepressant. The independent variable, the dosage of the antidepressant, had three levels: placebo, low-dose, and moderate-dose. The dependent variable was the patients’ scores for the Beck Depression Inventory, which was taken after four weeks of the assigned dosage of treatment with the antidepressant. The ANOVA was significant, F(2,12) = 11.27, p = .002. The strength of the relationship between the dosage treatment and the patient scores, as assessed by eta square, was strong, with the independent variable accounting for 65.3% of the variance of the dependent variable. Thus, results indicated a strong relationship between the dose of the antidepressant and the depression score.
Follow-up tests were conducted to evaluate the pairwise differences among the means. Because the variance among the groups ranged from 7.85-8.17 and Levene’s test of equality of error variances was significant, it was assumed that the variances were homogeneous. Post-hoc tests were conducted with Tuckey’s HSD. It was found that between the placebo (M = 38.2, SD = 8.17) and low-dose (M = 20.6, SD = 8.32) groups, as well as between the placebo and moderate-dose (M = 14.8, SD = 7.85) groups there were significant mean differences at the .05 level. However, between the low- and moderate-dose groups there was no significant effect. Thus, the results indicate that the antidepressant significantly reduced the depression scores of both the low-dose and moderate-dose groups.
I'm also doing research/trying to conduct a few in-depth interviews concerning how effective welfare is, hopefully getting at the fact that it needs to be improved, specifically by helping people go to SCHOOL and get REAL TRAINING for REAL JOBS--that is, if the goal of welfare is actually to help people get out of poverty (also trying to figure out if there's a difference between the "official" goal and "practiced" goal in AZ). I'm really excited and I LOVE what I'm studying. :)
Hope you all are having a beautiful March and are doing well!