OT Ph.D. students (was Healing Quilts)

OT Ph.D. students (was Healing Quilts)

Post by Valerie S. Rak » Sat, 18 Jul 1998 04:00:00



So, we've had all sorts of groups identifying themselves here, how about
how many Ph.D. students are currently on RCTQ?  I thought I was the only
one, but Marissa's post has brought us all out of the woodwork.

I'm ABD in Women's and American history at the Ohio State University,
with a background in Women's Studies.  My dissertation topic is
quiltmaking (as a gendered, ie, specifically female, activity; and the
interaction between gender and the commercialization of quiltmaking).
I've finished all my archival research (hooray--evidently, I'm allergic
to ancient, decaying newspapers--got a lovely rash next to my eyes) and
am now transcribing and indexing my ***history tapes.  I hope to
finish my dissertation in the late spring/early summer of 1999 and
graduate in September of that year, on my 34th birthday.

What are you all up to?

Valerie

PS: Thought you might appreciate what I'm using as a .sig on my e-mail
these days

"The idea is, you memorize these things,  then write them down in little
exam books, then forget them. If you fail to forget them, you become a
professor and have to stay in college for the rest of your life."

 
 
 

OT Ph.D. students (was Healing Quilts)

Post by Erica A. Corbet » Sat, 18 Jul 1998 04:00:00



: So, we've had all sorts of groups identifying themselves here, how about
: how many Ph.D. students are currently on RCTQ?  I thought I was the only
: one, but Marissa's post has brought us all out of the woodwork.

I'm working on a Ph.D. in Biology (specialization: plant ecology).
I'm examining the species distributions of prairie plants
in what remains of Illinois prairie (there ain't much!) and
attempting to relate it to environmental factors like
moisture availability.
I've been SAYING I will be done in May, 1999, but now I'm
not so sure...

(Actually, I have to be done....one of my committee members is
retiring then and moving far, far away....)

At least with ecology, a negative result also tells an interesting
story. My problem is that I just have a real long way to go
yet and I'm not too sure of how to do these
next analyses, so I've been majorly procrastinating....

OT, but there was an article in the local paper complaining
about how faculty/staff at this school seem to be "abusing"
their internet access by using their accounts for
other than pure research. As a follow-the-rules
gal, I'm a little worried about it....hope no one
comes after me.....

 
 
 

OT Ph.D. students (was Healing Quilts)

Post by Carolyn &/or Stev » Sat, 18 Jul 1998 04:00:00


I'm not a Ph.D. by a long shot (but DH is working on his Master's), but I
certainly got a kick out of your e-mail sig. Who's being quoted?
--
Carolyn in Harlingen, Texas, USA
http://pages.prodigy.net/ledbottom/carolyn.html


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Quote:

> PS: Thought you might appreciate what I'm using as a .sig on my e-mail
> these days

> "The idea is, you memorize these things,  then write them down in little
> exam books, then forget them. If you fail to forget them, you become a
> professor and have to stay in college for the rest of your life."

 
 
 

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Post by Maarit Whit » Sat, 18 Jul 1998 04:00:00


Quote:

> So, we've had all sorts of groups identifying themselves here, how about
> how many Ph.D. students are currently on RCTQ?  I thought I was the only
> one, but Marissa's post has brought us all out of the woodwork.

Count me in, I'm doing my Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering (Fatigue and
Fracture Mechanics). I am developing a new calculation model for fatigue
crack growth rates under variable amplitude loading, I will be finishing my
dissertation next spring or summer.

I just started quilting this summer, I am taking a beginners' course at the
moment and I have almost finished my 9 sampler blocks! Next week we'll
learn all about sashing and borders...

maarit
(from hot and humid Ottawa, originally from Finland - terveisia Tiinalle
koti-Suomeen!)

 
 
 

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Post by Phyllis Anderse » Sat, 18 Jul 1998 04:00:00


Tiina: You beat me to it! That is just what I was going to say to Maarit.
Darn.....Bigbearlady
 
 
 

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Post by Tiina Kujal » Sun, 19 Jul 1998 04:00:00


Kiitos terveisist?!

Oletko kauan asunut siell? rapakon takana? TUletko joskus k?ym??n Suomessa?
Oletko Jenkin kanssa naimisissa, min? olen vaikkakin h?nell? on suomalainen
nimi.

Tiina

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>> So, we've had all sorts of groups identifying themselves here, how about
>> how many Ph.D. students are currently on RCTQ?  I thought I was the only
>> one, but Marissa's post has brought us all out of the woodwork.

>Count me in, I'm doing my Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering (Fatigue and
>Fracture Mechanics). I am developing a new calculation model for fatigue
>crack growth rates under variable amplitude loading, I will be finishing my
>dissertation next spring or summer.

>I just started quilting this summer, I am taking a beginners' course at the
>moment and I have almost finished my 9 sampler blocks! Next week we'll
>learn all about sashing and borders...

>maarit
>(from hot and humid Ottawa, originally from Finland - terveisia Tiinalle
>koti-Suomeen!)

 
 
 

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Post by Ruth Ponti » Sun, 19 Jul 1998 04:00:00


Hi Valerie,
   I am also ABD at Ohio State University--small world.  I am in the
recently reorganized and renamed department of "Evolution, Ecology, and
Organismal Biolgy" formerly known as Zoology.  (Be careful when saying the
new department name out loud).   My dissertation research is on the impact
of zebra mussels on Lake Erie pelagic food webs so I have spent 4 years
off and on from April-Sept.on Gibraltar and South Bass Island, Lake Erie.
I use my quilting (and reading this newsgroup) to keep me sane while
writting up my research.  If I have had a good day writing or analyzing
data, I "reward" myself with an hour of quilt-related relaxation/activity.
Of course, I don't count the time I spend thinking up ideas for future
quilts--e.g., bottle quilt.
   I turned in the form to graduate this summer quarter, but it isn't
going to happen. More realistically I should be done winter quarter 1999.
I am 50 years old and taught high school sciences for 17 years before
deciding I wanted to work with ***s, hence, the Ph.D.  Whenever anyone
asks when I will be done I tell them this century!!

Ruth Pontius

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> So, we've had all sorts of groups identifying themselves here, how about
> how many Ph.D. students are currently on RCTQ?  I thought I was the only
> one, but Marissa's post has brought us all out of the woodwork.

> I'm ABD in Women's and American history at the Ohio State University,
> with a background in Women's Studies.  My dissertation topic is
> quiltmaking (as a gendered, ie, specifically female, activity; and the
> interaction between gender and the commercialization of quiltmaking).
> I've finished all my archival research (hooray--evidently, I'm allergic
> to ancient, decaying newspapers--got a lovely rash next to my eyes) and
> am now transcribing and indexing my ***history tapes.  I hope to
> finish my dissertation in the late spring/early summer of 1999 and
> graduate in September of that year, on my 34th birthday.

> What are you all up to?

> Valerie

> PS: Thought you might appreciate what I'm using as a .sig on my e-mail
> these days

> "The idea is, you memorize these things,  then write them down in little
> exam books, then forget them. If you fail to forget them, you become a
> professor and have to stay in college for the rest of your life."

 
 
 

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Post by Pibba » Sun, 19 Jul 1998 04:00:00


Hi Valerie,

I became interested in quilting (and then started doing it) after taking a class
"Text and Textiles" taught by Judy Elsley at Weber State University in Ogden,
UT.  As part of the class (the basis for the class was the intersection between
quilts, women's history, and the texts describing each) we needed to make a
quilt that described/exhibited something of our lives.  Now, Judy was incredibly
OPEN about this and anything from a collage to a "quilt" of words would have
done (perhaps the only "piece of cake" assignment from this wonderful but tough
Prof.) but I (and most of my classmates) wanted to make a real quilt.

I made a "Trip Around the World" (actually, it turns out that I got the pattern
wrong and it is something else entirely) using clothes from my DH and kids
(definitely a non-traditional student) for the fabric.  It is not all that
lovely and I don't know how long it will last since some of the fabric was about
used up before I put it in the quilt.  I have left university, and even though I
hope to return (my dream is to be a Prof. myself someday and stretch my students
the way this wonderful woman stretched me), the best thing that I've taken with
me is the desire to quilt -- to use my quilts and my words to leave a history
for my descendants.

I happy for you and envious at the same time.  Hang in there when things are
tough.

Blessings,
Ann

 
 
 

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Post by Kate Baldwi » Mon, 20 Jul 1998 04:00:00


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> So, we've had all sorts of groups identifying themselves here, how about
> how many Ph.D. students are currently on RCTQ?

Count me in, too.  I'm an nth-year PhD student in Psychology at the University of
Chicago, working on my dissertation proposal and wondering how I'll get it done
before the baby is born in November!  I was a linguistics major as an
undergraduate, and language comprehension is still my primary interst, so my
dissertation will be about how people signal and keep track of topic changes in
conversation, and what the consequences of topic change are for the accessibility
of associated concepts.  I have the theoretical background worked out, I just need
to think of some experiments!  

It's so inspirational to have you other student/quilters on line, to remind me
that it really is possible to combine quilting with something as demanding as a
PhD -- although I have a feeling that adding in motherhood is going to be a real
challenge . . .

Kate in Chicago

 
 
 

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Post by Mariss » Tue, 21 Jul 1998 04:00:00


So, answering to Valerie's question, I don't remember if I already told you
guys, but I am goint for my PhD in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology.

We are trying to understand how the modifications of the cell's chromatin
(which is just the stuff that makes up our chromosomes, that is, out DNA
wrapped around proteins) can regulate the expression of genes.

My advisor recently got a Howard Hughes grant so we are doing very well
economically (and also scientifically, this month only people from my lab have
published in Nature and Cell, two big journals in our area - so you should
understand that there is a lot of pressure to have good data)

I already had a Masters in Molecular Biology, from my stay in Rome, so I've
been in school for more than 10 years (including college!).

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> So, we've had all sorts of groups identifying themselves here, how about
> how many Ph.D. students are currently on RCTQ?  I thought I was the only
> one, but Marissa's post has brought us all out of the woodwork.

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