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More talk about poop, and some results

December 28, 2011

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While I was in Mariscal Estigarribia I spent some time in the regional hospital for Boqueron learning how they do lab work. They have limited resources, so they don't get to use very advanced techniques and often have to come up with creative solutions. In particular, I was interested in learning how they do their fecal analyses for parasites.

They called me ‘Amanda poop’

November 12, 2011


While I was visiting my study communities, the kids would often sing-song my name when they saw me. At first it was "Amanda foto [photo], Amanda foto" because I always had my camera on me. Then it was "Amanda camion rojo [red truck], Amanda camion rojo" because they liked my big red truck. And then it was "Amanda samook, Amanda samook". Samook is the Nivacle word for 'poop'. It's okay, they weren't bullying me, they were just really excited about fecal samples.

The importance of Dissertation Plan B

May 9, 2011

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I wrote my first grant proposal for my PhD research in the first month of the graduate program.   The project I proposed involved monkeys and humans.  The next proposal I wrote dropped the monkeys.  The one after that changed to a different group of humans.  I was introduced to a new theoretical perspective and had […]


September 6, 2010


Double post today!  For those interested in what the CEDIC (Centro para el Desarrollo de la Investigacion Cientifica) laboratory is like, a guided tour: Unfortunately, because my videos are awesomely HD, they take a very very long time to upload here.  Don’t expect too many.