Lunch and Learn March 30: Disasters in Field Research

This Friday, join Dr. Gillian Ice and Dr. Nancy Stevens as they discuss their recently published book titled Disasters in Field research: Preparing for and Coping with Unexpected Events.

They will offer a guide to what can go wrong while conducting fieldwork—and what you can do to avoid or minimize the impact of unexpected events. From ravenous ants and temperamental gear to debilitating illness and unpredictable politics, field research can be fraught with challenges and opportunities for mishap. The speakers address the issues confronting both students and professional researchers as they embark on field research.

Dr. Gillian Ice is a Professor and Director of Global Health in the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her research interests include human biology, aging, stress, long-term care and grandparenting.

Dr. Nancy Stevens is Professor of Functional Morphology and Vertebrate Paleontology in the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. She explores interactions between organisms and their environments through time, in particular the relationships between form and function in primates and other animals. She has conducted paleontological field research in over a dozen countries in Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.

Future installments in the lunch and learn presentation series will take place at The Ridges this spring, rotating between buildings 21 and 22 on select Fridays. The final presentation will take place on April 6 and will offer participants a chance to hear Dr. Bill Mitsch discuss wetlaculture, a sustainable process that uses wetland systems to remove excess nutrient pollution from landscapes.

Pizza will be provided, but participants should bring their own water bottles, as this is a zero waste event. For additional information about the series, contact Joe Wakeman, manager of enrollment and student success, at wakemanj@ohio.edu or 740.593.2133.

Directly after this week’s lunch and learn presentation there will also be a special opportunity to prepare for the Student Research and Creative Activity Expo. From 1-2 p.m., Dr. Sarah Davis and Laura Alloway will be available to help you practice your Expo oral presentation and give feedback. Bring your poster file or your poster proof, and take advantage of this opportunity to finalize all the hard work you’ve put in so far!Screen Shot 2018-03-28 at 2.20.05 PM.png

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