I am looking for journalistic organizations that, (1) provide statistical number crunching and (2) legal interpretation to help to reporters working on complex stories. Whenever I've had an ethical question, I sought the help of Poynter, but on this current project, I need more specific help. Are there non profit journalistic entities whose mission is to help freelance reporters and/or their organizations with their legal and quantitative research?
I'm entering what is probably my last year of college, and as I look towards my career plans, I'm worried that I'm not creative enough to do what I want to do. How do I fix this? Special snowflake details follow. [more inside]
I submitted a prospectus to my thesis committee last month, but haven't started work on the thesis. Since I submitted the prospectus, I've come to have some doubts about whether or not this is the thesis topic for me. I'd like to take things in a slightly different, but still related, direction. Is is too late for me to do that without coming across as flaky, uncommitted, or reluctant to accept criticism? [more inside]
Librarians, researchers, logisticians: I'm working on a research project that centers on a court case from 1910. There appear to be only two copies of the transcript in existence. Please help me figure out my options. [more inside]
Tell me about Las Vegas. What are the weirdest or most interesting ways to gamble? What can you do beyond the ordinary slots, poker, roulette, sports betting? [more inside]
How can I consolidate my collections of notes and annotations on decades of reading, so I can find what I've read and what it was about? [more inside]
I love researching historic things that I have never heard of, such as the Victorian chatelaine: [link]. What other items might I enjoy learning about? Thank you!
Hey, my spring term is almost over, and its been kind of brutal! But I rewatched Real Genius last night and am feeling pretty okay about things again. What are some similar movies I can stockpile for future terms? Setting should be university, or maybe something post-university with a research/impossible-thing-to-build-but-hey-they-build-it-anyway angle.
I love research and learning, and keep running into a lot of research groups and programs that sound absolutely fascinating. However, most of them either involve getting a Masters or Ph.D., or require possession of a Ph.D. beforehand - which I do not want. Is there any way I can still get involved with these research groups that doesn't involve being responsible for an academic paper? Are there similar groups that do this kind of research work that aren't necessarily academic? [more inside]
Apparently a new law passed in Wyoming last week. Called The Data Trespass Bill, the bill seems to be a ban on citizen science in the state.I'm looking for examples of any laws that specifically support or encourage citizen science data collection. Thanks! [more inside]
I took neuroscience, research-methods and sociology courses in college and got a BA in Psychology from a respected state school in NY. I loved them, but taking courses and doing well on multiple choice tests in those courses is about all I did. I learned enough to get the gist of a more conceptually straightforward journal article, but now, trying to get a job, it's become clear that I need to know what I'm talking about. Help? [more inside]
I'm pretty new to programming and I'm trying to resolve an issue with a java-based program I'm using for a research project. I've downloaded/installed the program files and updated the directories, but when I run the program I get an "InvalidClassException" error. The bigger problem is that when I try to define my "serialversionUID" I get another error: "StreamCorruptedException". I'm running the program in my terminal on my Mac. I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong or how to get the program to run. Any help would be greatly appreciated. [more inside]
I graduated last spring with a humanities BA, I moved back to Canada the summer following and got in touch with local uni. faculty, looking to gain a little research experience. This led to me doing a little data-crunching for a faculty member, but fizzled out rather quickly as other commitments got in the way. Would it be inappropriate to contact her again? Not sure exactly how to approach this because I feel I more or less messed up by not being proactive enough the first time around. [more inside]
Mindfulness is trending, and I am opening a meditation studio. I am looking to find out my target audience in order to lock a location. I am seeking a profile on people who meditate. Are they typically baby boomers? Women around 30 years old? Etc. This will also allow me to plan programs, curriculum, and advertising. If anyone knows where I can find information like this (or something close) please let me know. Thank you!
After finishing my dissertation, I successfully applied to become a reporter at a newspaper. I'm liking the work as well as the flexibility and connectedness that allows me to apply what I researched (political theory/discourse analysis) in my writing--I'm wondering how I can better conceptualize my future career path. (Details within) [more inside]
My question is about how to find someone who can appropriately choose a representative set of zip codes from a larger set. How could I get someone to choose, in an intellectually defensible way, a list of 30 to 50 zip codes that essentially represent my entire state? In other words, how could I come up with a list of 30 to 50 zip codes that economically/demographically are a representative subset of the entire state? [more inside]
Ever since I was a kid and saw Luke Skywalker get a robot hand, the idea of modifying my body has been of interest. Over the years I've seen things like Tigerman, Warren Ellis' "What is Best in Life?" series, and plenty of BMEzine. Most of this tends to focus on visual modification which I could care less about, or extreme cases. Still, I want to learn more, but more function, less form. [more inside]
Due to extenuating circumstances, I never finished my honors thesis, and have since graduated and moved on to another institution. I feel bad for disappearing on my PI and for not completing the work. What to do? [more inside]
I'm currently working in prospect research in higher ed, and I'm thinking of moving on to a new position in the near future. While ideally I'd like to stay in the same field, I've managed to become somewhat knowledgeable in a few different areas, and was wondering if there are other industries/companies that might be searching for people with my skill set. Ironically enough, I'm not sure where to start looking, so I'd would love to hear your suggestions! [more inside]
What a Dickensian nightmare the Social Security system is! What is its "administrative message" document type, cited as "AM ###[date]" -- where can I find these -- and, if you are a practitioner, what if any force does it have? I have done a fairly diligent search, but maybe I'm out of it today, or maybe it's one of those things that's just part of the lore of a practice area.
What science topics remain to be explored, that an amateur scientist could do research/experiments and be the first person to look at it? [more inside]
Looking for research on good marriages, not memoirs or personal anecdotes. My therapist asked me the qualities of a good marriage and I hadn't a clue. My immediate family are all unhappily married, and I only recently realised how fearful my own marriage is and left. I basically assume that "If they're not beating you or cheating on you, that's enough." I'm looking for what comes after reading John Gottman: research on thriving marriages, including multicultural or historical. Books, documentaries, films and novels, scholarly keywords etc. I'm not looking for personal accounts but bibliography recommendations.
I have tipped Google upside down and shaken it but can't find this YouTube clip/book/name of relevant professor. I think I found the first mention of his academic work (with a female co-author) on behavioural change/competing priorities in an Ask answer. He discussed interviewing stroke (?) patients who were prescribed daily medication and how he unexpectedly found the underlying reasons they wouldn't take their pills. More details under the cut: [more inside]
I'm have a PhD in computer science, and after an unsuccessful location-constrained academic job search, have decided to finally try industry. If you made a similar shift, I'd love to hear your experiences. What was the career transition like? What sorts of jobs should I be applying for? [more inside]
I'm trying to find out example of adaptations of marine fish that live at a certain depth and what that habitat looks like. But I'm not sure how to go about finding this information. I'm running into information overload where I don't know how to narrow this down. [more inside]
I'm looking for universities that have strong research in behavioral economics, decision science, political psychology, organizational psychology—basically, applying psychology to understand systems and society. Any universities come to mind? [more inside]
I'm not talking about "information management" in terms of corporate IT, which is all you find when you search on Google. I'm talking about someone to help me develop a sustainable plan to process the absurd amount of information that constantly bombards me. I figure I need someone who can help my develop reliable, efficient systems and also probably the mental toughness to keep doing it. I've looked at so many books, but my situation is beyond any one of them. I feel like I need someone who understands the psychology, systematizing , and technology of the matter. [more inside]
What question can I ask undergrad research assistant candidates to see whether they are good at looking things up on their own? [more inside]
This is a two-part question about commodity prices in California in the 1860s. Part 1: How is this newspaper report of "current" (1862) prices read? The @s throw me off. (My best guess is that those are price ranges.) Part two... [more inside]
I have a medical condition that is relatively common, but little is known about it. I want to create a website where people with this condition voluntarily answer surveys about their symptoms, diagnosis, and test results. [more inside]
I hope this doesn't sound like a "do my homework for me" Ask, but I'd like some help with researching gender bias in STEM. As I mentioned in this thread, I've been asked to write an article regarding gender bias in STEM for an internal newsletter at my company. [more inside]
Are there resources or just tried-and-true methods to improve my Russian reading ability? Difficulty: I know zero Russian. [more inside]
I'm doing a big research project and have come across a few articles (and a few videos, one produced by VICE) containing interviews with people I would really love to talk to. How can I get in touch with these people, assuming googling their info is not an option? [more inside]
Inspired by this, I'm interested in seeing what MeFites would nominate as the best thing (paper, article, book, presentation, etc.) from your field in the past 10 years or so. [more inside]
I plan to interview Oregon non-profit organizations this year. Not counting Guidestar, I have compiled a list of about 1800 NPs in the state from six other lists (Charity Navigator, nonprofitlist.org, Oregon Department of Justice, Combined Federal Campaign Oregon, Non Profit Association of Oregon and GiveGuide2014). I want to explore the work of some of those little known who never get publicity or don't have a lot of money but have missions worthy of attention. [more inside]
How can I get paid to be a human Google + Wikipedia + Snopes? [more inside]
Looking for software recommendations for managing grants from the perspective of the granting agency, ideally on a limited budget. [more inside]
A few years ago, Ben Goldacre and some people from the Cabinet Office published a paper, 'Test, Learn, Adapt: Developing Public Policy with Randomised Controlled Trials' calling for UK government departments to use more randomised controlled trials in the formulation and evaluation of UK public policy. Can anyone point me to research tracking RCT usage by the UK government both before and after the publication of the report? [more inside]
When you consume multiple books on one topic, what does your notebook look like afterwards? Does making a wiki, or a concept map, or a relational diagram help? [more inside]
Trying to track down a research paper involving homosexuality and identity. Or something. [more inside]
I'm undertaking a research project in which I'm evaluating several different organizations based on specific yet qualitative criteria, e.g. "promotes outreach", "reports on progress", etc. I need to able to capture the information and then display the results in some sort of meaningful way so that it can be incorporated into a report. [more inside]
I’m wondering if there’s any academic or research value in the papers my mom kept, documenting her struggles to get a long-term care insurance provider to honour their contract. [more inside]
I'd like to read some great non-fiction books about political revolutions, both successful and failed. I'm particularly interested in the past couple hundred years of history, and in revolutions involving (former?) colonies. [more inside]
What are the best ways to keep working for more time? [more inside]
Is this bad? [more inside]
I'm looking for more information on someone I used to know and all I have to go on is their first name, the street they lived on when I knew them, an age range, and... that's about it. Oh and, this was 20+ years ago. Is this even possible? [more inside]
My partner is struggling as a new post-grad student. I don't know how best to help them. Details inside. [more inside]
I need to write a paper for school showing that Amazon.com is an empire based on several criteria of classic empires, like the Roman empire, Portuguese empire, etc. I'm feeling overwhelmed and unfocused on how to find what I need. [more inside]
I am a doctoral student that needs to deploy a short survey as my research data collection instrument for my dissertation. I have passed a rigorous IRB process at my University. I am having an incredibly hard time getting college and universities to respond to my email request for permission to deploy my survey to their school student email systems. [more inside]
My brother is being charged with a criminal offense -- I am researching similar cases to get a general understanding. Is it possible to somehow obtain Pre-Sentence Reports and Psychologist Reports from past-cases posted in say CanLII?