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Course Reflection

Some of the things that I learned that I wasn’t expecting was some of the skills that was needed to create a blog. Also learned a few techniques on how to write formal emails with the proper etiquette. Using websites such as Delicious proved to become great research tools that I plan to use in my future studies.

I believe I meant the majority of the course objectives that was listed in the syllabus. Several things that I learned in this class I will be planning to use in other courses.

Taking this course my eyes have widened about topics of feminism. I have become more aware of my surroundings and I have noticed things around me that I did not previously noticed before. The way I talk has also changed now learning some of the things taught in this class.

Yes this course exemplifies feminist pedagogy. The virtual learning environment was very collaborative with the discussion boards and comment sections of the blogs. Everyone’s ideas counts as contributions to knowledge.

Starting with this school term I have been needing to drink coffee to stay awake at my job. I am not use to waking up at 5 in the morning and going to work at 6. With the help of coffee I get that extra little boost to stay awake and on with my day. Usually I buy coffee at our cafeteria but after a month I have found out that it is quite expensive per cup of coffee. To save money I have decided to learn how to make my own cup of coffee in hoping that it will not only taste better than what I can buy at the cafeteria but will also be cheaper. Please stay tuned to my blog. We have a lot to learn!

My Dreams and Asipirations

Top 5 Dreams

  1. Tour China.
  2. Tour Europe.
  3. Earn over six figures and be in a career that I love.
  4. Earn an MBA.
  5. Buy my father a luxury car.

Touring China

After conversing with several of many family members and asking them what their big dreams were in their early twenties; the common dream was traveling the world. My family members were all advising me to travel as early in life as I can before starting a family. Which all makes sense since I do not have to take care of any children or make any payments towards a house at my age. I too agreed with what they had to say about traveling the world. One of the places that I would love to visit is China. It would be amazing to get a look of my culture with my own eyes instead through books, magazines, television and etc. I had my very first birthday in Hong Kong alongside with many of my mother’s family which I rarely see. However, I hardly remember anything from my visit, I think I am at an optimal age to visit this great country and to maximize my experiences in this foreign land.

There are two cities that I really want to check out which are Hong Kong and Shanghai. Researching online to find a tour was a breeze. I find a website called Ritz tours which offers many quality and affordable tours throughout all of Asia. Looking at their premium tours I find one for $4980.00 for a tour of 6 cities in 18 days and 16 nights. I thought this was amazingly priced tour since it includes air fare, lodging, food, guided tour and special entertainment. What I really like about this tour is that everything is setup and guided, meaning that I do not really need to worry about the stresses of traveling as much as someone who is arranging a tour to a country they have never been to. My goal is to travel on a tour similar to this one by sometime during the summer of 2011. If I was to start saving money for it right at this moment I would need to save about $356.00 to start traveling in the month of July. This only includes paying for the tour and does not include other random expenses that may come with the trip. After talking to a few of my relatives they say bringing an extra $1000.00 would give me a pretty comfortable trip traveling in 18 days over in China.

Check out the start of my financial analysis of my dream here.

Culture Project is Done!

After going through the threads on BlackBoard and getting some valuable feedback I have finally finished with the Culture Site. By going through other people’s sites I was able to extract some valuable information on how they did some things on to my site. I am pleased with how the website came out. The only challenge I had was trying to add images into my pages without disrupting the text around it. After a few trials and some tweaking I was able to tackle the challenge. I also learned how to use delicious to add some valuable bookmarks to the course that I thought were useful when doing my project.

So far the culture project is doing fairly well. I’m about three-fourths of the way done with the paper. I haven’t had too much trouble in knowing what to write about her. Much of the information I have already learned through my courses and makes sense of what they are trying to say. I believe I’ll be able to have enough information to meet the requirement length. I am struggling a little bit with the structure of the paper making sure things make sense from section to section. However, I think with a little more time and reviewing I’ll eventually get it down. It has been very interesting though researching about a pioneer in Industrial Engineering. I should have the entire paper finished by sometime tomorrow which will leave the entire week to proof read and to make it pretty.

Lillian Gilbreth Research

Research has been going fairly well. I contacted a librarian and she give me several useful resources to help me conduct my research. It was interesting because the librarian that was helping me does not even go to Oregon State, it was some person from Ohio. However, many of the links that she gave me I could have probably have found myself she did get me one link in particular that was a database on Gilbreth which I plan to use extensively. I still need to contact Jane Nicols to more insight on a few other resources that I could potentially knew since the librarian didn’t in particular give me more resources/insight. It could however also be that I didn’t ask the right questions at the time.

I will in particular research how Gilbreth and her theories on ergonomics. Several inventions have been developed from her theories of making products more ergonomically friendly. One of those that we still see today is the foot pedal on trash cans. I was very surprised to find out that technology was invented almost a hundred years from today. Another topic that is related to ergonomics that I would also research is how she influenced our country with her advice to the previous presidents.

Overall my research has been going fairly well. I think I can find much of the resources by myself since I have done numerous research projects. That does not mean however that I will not use the librarian as a resource which I plan to do during this upcoming week.

I didn’t notice that Rosalind Franklin was one of the women that was off limits for research. I have decided to research someone that was closer to what I am focusing in college. In the few weeks I will be researching Lillian Moller Gilbreth who is one of the first working female engineers holding a Phd.

Lillian Gilbreth can be argued to be one of the first industrial/organizational psychologists. Alongside her husband Frank Bunker Gilbreth they were pioneers in the field of industrial engineering. Majority of her work revolved with ergonomics, and time/motion study. Her worked focused on inefficiency and waste. Not only waste in reducing time to perform tasks but wastes in areas like transportation, paperwork, unnatural movements, waiting, and extra processing. Gilbreth was one of the first scientists to recognize the effects of stress and lack of sleep of workers. Her work is still present today. The trash can with a foot-pedal lid-opener was that of something that she patented over 100 years ago. She also served alongside as an advisor to President Hoover, Roosevelt, Eisenhower, Kennedy and Johnson on civil defense, war production, and rehabilitation of the physically handicapped. Another notable achievement that Lillian Gilbreth achieved was that she was the first women elected into National Academy of Engineering which is one of the highest awards and engineer can achieve.

It is unfortunate that I will not be able interview Ms. Gilbreth since she has been deceased for nearly 30 years. It would have been pretty amazing to talk to a women who was one of the pioneers of industrial engineering. However, I should be able to a lot of research regarding her through various resources that I have accessibility to.

Rosalind Franklin

I have chose to do my research on Rosalind Franklin. There is probably not other women scientist either today or in the past with as much controversy surrounding her life and work. I first heard of Rosalind Franklin in my high school class learning about the history of DNA. Franklin was responsible for much of the research and discovery that led to the understanding of the structure of the DNA.

What caused her work to become so controversy? There was a dispute about whether Franklin was given proper credit to the determination of the structure of DNA. The men that received credit for the work that she performed was given to James D. Watson and Francis Crick use of DNA X-ray diffraction collected by Franklin. In short she did all the gritty or behind the scenes work while the Watson and Crick received all the credit for the model of DNA. The possibility of Franklin’s work was not revealed until Watson wrote in his book, “The Double Helix.” From this inspired people to investigate this situation. Franklin did not receive any recognition however until she passed away at the age of 37 due to ovarian cancer. After her work with DNA she went on to become a pioneer on work on the polio virus vaccine and tobacco mosaic.

Quick Facts:

Born – July 25th, 1920

Deceased – April 16, 1958 (Due to ovarian cancer)

Occupation – British biophysicist, physicist, chemist, biologist and X-ray crystallographer

Father was against her wanting to pursue a higher education and wanted her to pursue work as a social worker.

Important Contributions  in understanding the fine molecular structures of DNA, RNA, viruses, coal and graphite

Week 2 Blog

Updating the blog wasn’t too much of hassle. I did however had some trouble in determining what was required to get the full points. However after viewing other peers blogs I figured out what was needed. My next goal to do in this class is to find a topic for the culture site.

First Blog

This is my very first blog. Setting up the blog was a breeze. I’m still working out all the kinks on here trying to make it look pretty. I’m curious how much I can do with this blog and will be exploring through all the menus.

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