February 11, 2016 | After four weeks, I now have an idea as to how the 3.5 weeks of a Cornell class translates to the “real world”. I am glad to say that I am starting to gain more confidence with what I’m doing and the ability to work independently. Of course, I always check in to see what […]
February 11, 2016 | I've also managed to find a number of good websites which cater to Latin American Spanish and different vocabularies, colloquialisms, and so which are specific to given countries; they've been immensely helpful in identifying "non-correct" or at least nonstandard Spanish which is not necessarily readily available through more academic dictionary sites. Interestingly, many of these appear to be fairly new websites...I would guess that recently many countries have probably been developing a greater sense of pride in their differences recently, but that could just be my own speculation.
February 3, 2016 | Time seems the most allusive, the more busy I am. Before this experience, I have never worked a 40 hour week, just random days for maybe 5 hours at a time. I have never had to learn skills that require so much attention in a work-related setting, which I appreciate because it means that I […]
February 3, 2016 | I never expected that working in a lab would require such fine motor skills, especially since the development of motor skills (not fine ones, though) is what is being studied in infant rats. Although I do not think that after I learn these skills that I twitch while I am sleeping in the same way […]
February 3, 2016 | At one point, I found myself considering the impact that the large Guatemalan Spanish population had on the local Spanish in Postville; "my" interviewee is from Mexico, but she was one of very few Spanish speakers from Mexico at least for the first several years, meaning when she spoke to those around her she was hearing mostly Guatemalan Spanish, which in turn was being influenced by Midwestern English. In a day and age when people are traveling more than ever, I would venture to say all languages are changing faster than we realize and in ways we can scarcely imagine.
January 20, 2016 | The first time I saw a real human brain was during my Foundations of Neuroscience class, in which I realized that the brain is what I am passionate about. Research Methods and Statistics taught me that I am probably too methodological to not pursue research. So, now, I am able to apply what I have learned during my […]
January 20, 2016 | While most recognize the dangers in labor industries in the 1920s and '30s, and Upton Sinclair's "The Jungle" brought to the public eye the horrific conditions in the meatpacking industry more than half a century after that, few seem to recognize the conditions people go through every day now... It's sobering.
January 14, 2016 | ...hearing of the interviewee's first-hand experiences during the raid brought home in the most significant way possible some of the real struggles many such individuals, as well as the communities they live in, face far more than we could ever see on the news.
January 14, 2016 | The Labor Center which I am interning with has an ongoing project, the Iowa Labor History Oral Project (ILHOP), with which I am assisting in my own small way. ILHOP has been going on for more than forty years, interviewing the diverse individuals which have built the history of labor in Iowa, organizing unions and going through many struggles in their day to day lives to make things better for themselves and for future workers. In recent years, many of those workers have been immigrants, including some locally large numbers of Spanish-speaking immigrants.
December 22, 2015 | This last week at Jatun Sacha it was only myself, Lily, and one other volunteer. When I leave, Lily will be the only volunteer left (a stark contrast to the past few weeks where we’ve had 7 volunteers). Lily and the other volunteer went on a two day and a half day hike to a […]