Well, the course is coming to an end and although I have had my struggles with trying to work 40-50 hours a week and go to school full-time, I was still able to learn a lot of new skills. I learned how to create and maintain my very own blog, which is something I might just keep using in my personal life. I learned how to embed hyperlinks and how to cite pictures and media. I chatted with a librarian for the first time and expanded my skills at obtaining research. I learned how to create a budget in Excel, too!
In addition to new skills, I feel like I have gained a broader perspective on gender, both historically and presently. I was excited to learn that although we have historically had a very patriarchal society, this has dramatically shifted and women are even surpassing man in many different areas.
I am definitely going to continue using many of the skills I learned. I will probably continue using my blog and make it into something where I can talk about all the new recipes I come up with. I will also keep using Excel to maintain my budget and plan for trips, since I will be done with school so soon . . . well, for now. Overall I am satisfied with the class and all the things I have learned.
Well, after a very late evening, I have finished the cultural research project. It seems not very long ago that I thought I would never be able to get it done! However, the time has come and now I get to talk about it being complete and moving onto the next phase of the class. I found it to be fairly simple to insert images into my blog. I think the only hangup I had was trying to find the copyright symbol, so I just wrote it out. I also had to do some adjusting with sizes as well. However, Los Alamos National Laboratory apparently has some very strict copyright guidelines because there was no way to copy my graphs needed for the “technology” section. I am pretty tech-savvy and was able to get them into a word document, but no matter what I did, the image would not copy correctly onto my blog. It was the only place I could find related graphs as well, so hopefully that won’t ding me too horribly.
Legos, now we get to talk about legos! I used legos all the time! I had a pink and purple lego house with a “glass” (ok, so it was plastic) elevator in it and all sorts of lego accessories. My brother had a lego castle! Yes, I know what you’re thinking…talk about gendered toys! The only part about them that wasn’t gendered was the fact that my brother and I played with both of them, equally. I think I loved that castle as much as my fancy lego mansion. I work with kids and have nephews now, so I still get to play with them every once in a while.
Dr. Betty Harris grew up in Louisiana. She pursued a chemistry degree in college and received both a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in chemistry. After getting her master’s degree she got a job working as a college assistant professor in the chemistry and mathematics department. She then began working with the Los Alamos National Laboratory and ended up becoming a research chemist and became known as an expert in her field. Among many of her accomplishments, one of them was helping the Girl Scouts develop a chemistry merit badge. However, she is most well-known for her invention of a device that could perform tests in a field environment to identify explosives. She eventually began to work in explosives research and development. She managed the lab at Solar Turbine Inc for a while before going to work for the U.S. Department of Energy Office. Harris also received the Governor’s Trailblazer Award for all of her chemistry-related achievements. And last, but certainly not least, Harris strongly advocated for a stronger education in science and engineering, “As a nation we must continue to provide a comprehensive and competitive education in science and engineering for our young people. We must always encourage and support them, for without research and development, progress in technology and information transfer will not occur.”
Well, I have made it through the set up process. I am working on learning how to use all of the functions, change settings and to meet all of the requirements for class. It has been a learning process to figure out how to use WordPress, so I am just hoping I have done everything correctly. The main problem I have run into is with creating a sidebar. I have all of the necessary categories on my “sidebar”, but I am not sure if it showing up in the correct spot (it is underneath my most recent blog posts, rather than to the side). Hopefully, everything is okay. I’ll just keep learning!
Welcome to my first blog! This will be a brand new experience for me and I am not quite sure what this will be like, but I am excited to learn some new technology! So far it has been pretty easy sailing and I haven’t had a problems…yet. I have set up my email signature, that was also simple and quick. I have only tried the text to speech option a couple of times and I think I have a love-hate relationship with it. It is nice because I am am auditory and visual learner and I absolutely hate reading for classes. However, the voice on my screen is probably one of the most obnoxious things I have heard! I’m excited to explore even more with this blog, though!