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Life Gets Away From Us…Until We Are Role-Driven

Happy New Year to all!   Another year has come, gone, and now we’re off to 2014.  While we are making plans for 2014, I reflect upon what happened last year, “did my goals get fulfilled?” and “did I live my best life?”  Life moves quickly, and I’ll paraphrase Woody Allen, “One day we’re getting out … read more Life Gets Away From Us…Until We Are Role-Driven


The Self-Fulfilling Prophecy and the Pygmalion Effect

Henry Ford said, “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.” As we move through our days, interacting with family, friends, and business associates, our personality ethic comes through. Our personality ethic includes having a positive attitude, positive affirmations, belief in oneself, an attitude of openness, and positive expectations. The focus of … read more The Self-Fulfilling Prophecy and the Pygmalion Effect


November Webinar 2013

Complimentary Graduate Student Webinar “Results Section: Conducting, Interpreting, & Writing” Wednesday, November 20th, 2013 8:30PM – 9:30PM ET / 5:30PM – 6:30PM PT Results Section: Conducting, Interpreting, & Writing During this webinar Dr. Lani will describe how to: Conduct the most common statistical tests; Identify the relevant statistical output; Present findings in narrative and APA … read more November Webinar 2013


October 2013 Webinar

Update: You can watch the archived webinar here: VIEW WEBINAR Complimentary Graduate Student Webinar “Research Methods: Design and Analysis” Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013 8:30PM – 9:30PM ET / 5:30PM – 6:30PM PT Research Methods: Design and Analysis During this webinar Dr. Lani will describe and exemplify core sections of your methodology chapter and IRB/URR application, … read more October 2013 Webinar


Navigating Graduate School

September 2013 Newsletter Well we’ve all been accepted into a graduate program, now we have to figure out how we can complete the program. And how do we complete the program with the least expense in terms of time and money? I see graduate school as three interconnected blocks: coursework, comprehensive exams, and the dissertation. … read more Navigating Graduate School


Tools to Expedite Your Proposal, IRB, and Results

Back in the mid-90’s I began as assisting masters’ students with the statistics.  The students came from many disciplines and it was fun to sit in a coffee shop and crunch through research questions.  Then came my own master’s thesis and my own dissertation.  Whatever could take longer did take longer.  While I’m proud of … read more Tools to Expedite Your Proposal, IRB, and Results


Trials and Tribulations of Dissertations and a Methodology and Results Chapter Game Changer

*Update:  If you missed the webinar, you can view it at the link below. View Webinar In this newsletter, I will talk about the dissertation process, and how this process can be made more humane.  The barriers to completing the dissertation are institutional, preparedness issues, and personal.  To overcome these stumbling blocks I’ll discuss academic … read more Trials and Tribulations of Dissertations and a Methodology and Results Chapter Game Changer


Refresh This Summer

During school, a lot of us don’t take a break.  Most people in the US have a type of Protestant work ethic of working hard and having our children live better than we did.  Self-reliant, preserving is the motto.  Vacation, relaxation, and time for contemplation is not part of this ethic.  Yet, we all have … read more Refresh This Summer


The Law of the Farm and Your Dissertation

Too often in our undergraduate years we’ve learned to cram for school and tests.  You may have procrastinated all semester, and then pulled all-nighters for the final paper or test.  Cramming is antithetical to the law of the farm.  The Law of the Farm essentially says that to be a farmer, you have to plan, … read more The Law of the Farm and Your Dissertation


The Greatest Stress

At the risk of sounding too philosophical this month, here’s one of my favorite passages.  Nietzsche, in 1882, wrote about “The Greatest Stress.”  Essentially he said to imagine that what has happened, and is happening, will happen again and again and again (eternal recurrence). “This life as you now live it and have lived it, … read more The Greatest Stress