Daily Archives: August 3, 2017

On Being an Anthropologist in the Era of Big Data

The classroom in one of the wet labs, set up for an activity with balloons. Last week before camp started I was speaking with the grandfather of one of our campers about my research and the Ph.D. program I am in. He told me that my analytic skills would be valuable when I finished because data analysts and statisticians are in high demand right now. He wasn’t wrong. We live in the era of “big data”, a phrase which refers to the use of extremely large-scale datasets - so large that they must be analyzed with computers. Indeed, advances in computing technology, along with an increased availability of a multiplicity of data points, are a significant factor in [...]

2017-08-03T14:49:03+00:00 August 3rd, 2017|Megan, Maguire Fellow in Dallas|

Not The Blog Post I Wanted To Write

This is not the blog post I wanted to write, nor the one I thought I would write when the summer began. But it is I think the most important one I will write for readers of this blog. I figured that it was likely that in working with folks experiencing homelessness that I would write about mental illness, I just did not think it would be my own mental illness about which I would write. All summer I have been fighting nearly debilitating depression and anxiety. It is a well-known, if rarely talked about, fact that Ph.D. students have an alarmingly high rate of mental and emotional illness. The stress of the pursuit of a doctoral degree along with [...]

2017-08-03T14:30:30+00:00 August 3rd, 2017|Justin, Maguire Fellow in Nashville|