I work in a research lab that is transitioning from working with young adult populations to working with 60 year old and up adults. Most people in the lab who don't have experience with older adults (myself included) are finding the transition frustrating and difficult at times. Can you recommend some resources to help us work better with older adults? [more inside]
Writing a nonfiction book. I am a total quote whore. How much am I allowed to quote from my sources directly if I get this published? [more inside]
Does anyone know of any published studies that demonstrate that members of minority groups (ethnic, sexual, etc.) are more likely to engage in scientific research about members of their own groups than non-members are? It seems like common sense but I'd really like to get something in writing.
After a few months of looking, I've found another research-related job at my university. Tell me what doors it will open to me that weren't open already. [more inside]
What skills should I be developing while in university as to work as an ecologist, environmental scientist, something similar in the future? [more inside]
How should I get involved in doing my own research? [more inside]
I am an advanced PhD student in an engineering discipline. I have been sent a presumably routine email from the department chair asking for comments on my research advisor's interaction with me to be submitted as an email, as a part of a multi-faceted evaluation. [more inside]
How should I manage my workflow for researching and writing a nonfiction book using Evernote and other tools? [more inside]
It is often said that pure math research finds unpredictable applications long after it is done. Has anyone tried to investigate this phenomenon rigorously? [more inside]
How do I print a scientific/clinical research poster? [more inside]
If I want to find out more about the fallout from the Pitcairn rape trials, who should I contact? I have read the wikipedia entry on it, but I would ideally like to hear from people who were actually involved in the trial, or who are closely connected with the community, what the impact of it has been on the community. [more inside]
Help picking a topic that lends itself to document analysis via XML-based techniques that preferably has to do with Politics or Political Science (more inside) [more inside]
Is there software capable of analyzing the note-to-note event data from a melody played on a solo acoustic instrument (live or recorded), and then generating a text file containing said data in a list form? [more inside]
Can you suggest resources or further ideas for a student starting a master's thesis in philosophy (the topic touches on racism and discrimination)? [more inside]
I'm currently performing a mock research comparative analysis for a class. I'm researching the financials of 'our' metrics versus our highest competitors. One of the questions I'm attempting to answer asks if the variances (or standard deviations) of 'our' profit margins are statistically similar to the variances in profit margins of our competitors over a five year period. I have 11 companies representing the profit margins of our competitors, and of course the reports on our profit margins for these five years. Now it's been a while since my last stats course... so I'm wondering, would I use an F or Levene's Test to answer this? Or am I completely off base... and should look to another form of analysis.
I'm considering using Devonthink Pro for research and article writing. Looks very interesting. And MeFites out there already using it with great success? Would love some tips and pointers about what your process is like. Thanks! [more inside]
Can you suggest good books on the evolving social contract? [more inside]
I am looking for books, articles, courses, or other materials on doing research in support of union organizing campaigns. [more inside]
When developing a method of analysis in scientific research, which rules and guidelines can you follow to make sure that the qualities by which you analyze things are valid, sound, relevant and related?
How to find biomedical research publications that are 'guaranteed' to be 'basic' (rather than applied) science?
A biomedical research paper that leads to a new evidence-based treatment guideline could be called the 'gold standard' of clinically-relevant research. Is there a 'gold standard' that defines a 'basic science' biomedical research paper? [more inside]
Where can a fellow (who has access to online academic resources but is 1000mi+ from a quality academic library) get some hands-on advice for gathering data for social network analysis? Bonus substantive questions inside. [more inside]
Looking for short PDFs summarising topics relevant to UK politics, probably posted to Metafilter in the last couple of years. These were produced by civil servants or advisors to explain the broad concepts of a topic (e.g. Nuclear power) to a politician in just a few pages. Thanks.
How concerned should I be about a mediocre paper I co-wrote being presented at a conference (by a classmate I despise and distrust)? [more inside]
I'm planning a grad-student workshop on ways to manage research assets (particularly primary sources) more efficiently using digital tools. Please share your own workflow! [more inside]
Donating eggs for research [more inside]
How can I tell my ex-academic supervisor to leave me alone? [more inside]
Help me design my research project: I'm collecting numerical data on a group of people compared to age-matched averages. Eg, I have a group of left-handed people and I want to know if their blood pressure differs from the average age-matched blood pressure. I don't have a control group, just data on blood pressure. What study design is this? Hint: it's not case control. I'm stuck.
Are there any options for getting research lab experience long after completing my undergrad degree? [more inside]
Online searchable archives of early 20th century NYC newspapers that are *not* the New York Times? [more inside]
Anyone able to help with naval coordinates from WWII? I'm writing a play set in WWII and I want to make it more authentic by using the technical jargon of the time. It's set in the pacific and I'm coming up empty-handed with other searches on how they plotted courses and the coordinate systems used. If anyone could help it would be greatly appreciated!
I love what I do but I don't love the way my organization functions. I want to go solo. Help me figure out how to become a freelance data analyst/researcher [more inside]
Help me find the name of a novel about a Harvard research lab. [more inside]
How do I cope with persistent project failure at work? [more inside]
My sister is looking for undergraduate research funding to support some field work in Japan for her BA thesis project. She's especially interested in questions about gender and sexuality. Any advice on grant-giving organizations she might look into? [more inside]
I know I'd like to buy my first house in the next five years. Help me learn as much as possible before I get to the point where I'm ready to do it! [more inside]
TLDR: Are there any in-depth, English-language guides to the French tax system? [more inside]
How can I use Zotero better? [more inside]
Is it acceptable to list more than one Principal Investigator (PI) for a DOD SBIR proposal? [more inside]
I recently finished a very rigorous school year. For the last month I was in class/lab/doing homework around 12-16 hours a day 7 days a week. I am looking for tips, anecdotes or exercises for keeping up a similar, though less crazy level of productivity now that I am not racing against the hard deadlines (homework and projects, tests, etc.)? [more inside]
Atlas.ti Survey Import question: how should my Survey Monkey exports be formatted in order to be successfully brought into Atlas.ti via the new Survey Import tool? [more inside]
Employment angst - what to do when not motivated by current fantastic job? [more inside]
I'm a social scientist heading off to do a year of field research, which will include lots and lots and lots of interviewing. What tools to you recommend to keep all your interviewees' data straight, and to show how they are connected to each other? [more inside]
(Public education filter): Who decided that children are stupid? [more inside]
I'm looking to research consumer demographics for a couple of specific businesses. For instance, Who goes to Disney World or Cirque du Soleil (age, race, income, city/state of origin, etc.)? I realize this is pretty basic stuff, but it is not anything I've done before and I'm coming up empty. [more inside]
For work I am making a complete database of all existing (reasonably current) data on Native American health/risk factors. But I know next to nothing about the area. What are some surveys I should look at? It would be especially helpful if the data were at the tribal level of analysis. I'm at a bit of a loss and I'd appreciate any help you could offer! Thanks in advance.
Looking for specific suggestions of particularly innovative successful/popular US national-level grassroots right-wing civics activist groups (can be conservative, libertarian, religious, non-religious etc. etc; but not extremist) for an academic research project. We are especially interested in youth-focussed/web & new media-savvy/participatory culture savvy groups. Any research report (academic or non-academic) recommendations are most welcome too. [more inside]
What does an undergraduate biology lab inquiry look like? Help me work for free. [more inside]
I have recently started a research project about people who establish careers in media late in life. I would like to find people who started media companies or started public or management roles in media late in life and interview them, but I am having trouble finding leads. Can you signpost me? [more inside]
How do I go about researching what I've seen termed as "aid culture", specifically in Haiti? [more inside]