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Status on the Culture 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