Megan, Maguire Fellow in Dallas

Megan B. is a graduate student studying anthropology. She was awarded a Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Fellowship for summer 2017 from SMU’s Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility. She is spending the summer studying environmental advocacy with the Trinity River Audubon Society.

Learning to See

If you were given a box of crayons and asked to draw a scene from nature, you would probably first start with the green and brown crayons, maybe adding a swath of blue for the sky and a round yellow ball in the sky as your sun. When you start to look closely at the world, though, you realize that there is a lot more detail than you can capture with four crayons. We took the campers on a “color hike” last week. Before we left, each camper was given a few swatches of paint color, and then had to look for those colors while on our hike. The campers aren’t just given swatches of green and brown, but also [...]

2017-08-15T11:19:34+00:00 August 15th, 2017|Megan, Maguire Fellow in Dallas|

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|

‘It’s Like a Whole New World’

Megan B. is a graduate student studying anthropology. She was awarded a Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Fellowship for summer 2017 from SMU’s Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility. She is spending the summer studying environmental advocacy with the Trinity River Audubon Society.

2017-07-11T10:34:21+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Megan, Maguire Fellow in Dallas|