Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Mag 101 -- dissertation defense

Kimie's research had ended and the writing was done.
Her advisor had approved all her years' worth of work -
(That doctoral thesis had been a son-of-a-gun)
Now in front of a committee she had to defend it.

If all the world is a stage then this would be a cirque.
Kimie did "mock orals" with friends to fine-tune her "skit" -
(What are your defense materials? garnered her smirk)
Her presentation was planned for great drama and fun.

Messing up this "show" part would write her career obit.
Screw being a professor - she could wind up a clerk -
(She heard the words* of her advisor, Dr. Dar Schmidt)
Kimie knew what she must do to hit a raw home run.

She shed her clothes with her mind on the PhD perk -
Walked into the room in control of wisdom and wit -
(They could see Kim was serious - she was not berserk)
And attached herself to her props: woman sushi bun.

                                                               MLydiaM ~ January 2012  

* It is quite alright to bring important visual aids or extracts from your thesis (charts, drawings, quotations, tables, etc.) to help you elaborate on your responses to questions. It is not necessary to carry a heavy baggage inside the examination room, but it is certainly assuring to have with you "everything" that you might think will be helpful. Remember, as always, "pictures speak louder than words," and, when short of articulation, one visual aid may be ready for the rescue. Really, you may not have to say, "As you know" if I have only brought with me that particular diagram, you might know exactly what I mean." Do not underestimate the value of simple tools like colored pens. You might actually be asked to demonstrate certain details on a blank transparency, to support your arguments. Likewise, you may not have to say, "Is there a pen somewhere? I wish I can write it all out for you." Certainly, a lack of simple tools during your defense can be misinterpreted as some lack of seriousness or mastery on your part. [actual source: custompapers.com]

Childhood Personality Traits Predict Adult Behavior 
August 5, 2010   

We remain recognizably the same person, UC Riverside and Oregon researchers find

Personality traits observed in childhood are a strong predictor of adult behavior, a study by researchers at the University of California, Riverside, the Oregon Research Institute and University of Oregon suggests.

The study will appear in a forthcoming issue of the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, a quarterly publication of the Association for Research in Personality, the European Association of Social Psychology, the Society of Experimental Social Psychology, the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, and co-sponsored by the Asian Association of Social Psychology and the Society of Australasian Social Psychologists.

Using data from a 1960s study of approximately 2,400 ethnically diverse elementary schoolchildren in Hawaii, researchers compared teacher personality ratings of the students with videotaped interviews of 144 of those individuals 40 years later.

What they discovered was surprising, said Christopher S. Nave, a doctoral candidate at UC Riverside and lead author of the paper, “On the Contextual Independence of Personality: Teachers’ Assessments Predict Directly Observed Behavior After Four Decades.” Co-authors of the paper are Ryne A. Sherman, a UCR doctoral candidate; David C. Funder, UCR professor of psychology; Sarah E. Hampson, a researcher at the Oregon Research Institute; and Lewis R. Goldberg, professor of psychology emeritus at the University of Oregon. The research was sponsored by the National Institute on Aging through a grant to the Oregon Research Institute.

“We remain recognizably the same person,” Nave said. “This speaks to the importance of understanding personality because it does follow us wherever we go across time and contexts.”
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[Source: redorbit.com]

Visit The Mag to read other Mag 101s inspired by the photo prompt above 
(right image: From Boris Hoppek's Tokyo exhibit "Ever").



kj said...

Lydia! You are a rascal! This was quite a delightful mystery. I had this image of a nekkid doctoral student and I'm saying WTF?!

The 'photo finish punch line is just adorable :-)

As for personality traits, I am following 5 year old mr Ryan and almost three year old drew. It is quite amazing. And yet, is Ryan so independent because his parents let him cry himself to sleep? Would he be more physically affectionate if he had been more comfortably breast fed (first time mother)? Where does drew's love of books come from; not from Ryan who is watching videos?

Thought provoking every which way, this fine post

Love kj

izzy said...

Very fun! and entertaining-both parts! thanks- now I feel I might be brave enough to do an advanced degree!

Laurie Kolp said...

hehehe... love this take on the mag picture prompt...

Trellissimo said...

Now why does that get me worried? LOL Second childhood looming?

Kathe W. said...

Great twist on the image! And the second item is quite true I think.
My children were who they were from the beginning- the oldest very introspective and the other very busy and in motion- now they are in their 40's and not much has changed

Brian Miller said...

ha, nicely played on the thesis and visual prompts...lol...def truth in that second part as well...see it all the time...

Wander said...

I liked the poem then I scroled down and got a belly chuckle from the picks, thanks!!

thingy said...

A very cool take on the post. Well done. : )

Amber Lee said...

I don't know how I feel about being the same person - I was a pretty rotten child!

Lydia said...

kj~ I appreciate your appreciation, and your quirky way of spelling nekkid! Fun reading tidbits about your grandsons, too. :)

izzy~ Of course you are brave enough! You can do anything you set your brilliant mind to do!

Laurie Kolp~ Thanks. This photo prompt sure got a varied and fun response from everyone!

Trellissimo~ No doubt there is some second childhood looming there (or possibly just some darn good pay!).

Kathe W~ Thanks, and also for the bit about your kids. I'm fascinated by it.

Brian~ You see it all the time, no doubt because you are so very observant (and it shows in your writing, most definitely).

Wander~ Glad you had a good laugh. When I saw the one of the little girl in that costume I couldn't believe my good fortune, Cookie!

thingy~ Many thanks. :)

Amber Lee~ I have been wrestling with that myself since reading the article and giving the whole thing some consideration. I don't have a strong impression of who I was as a child, and there are even mixed impressions between what I felt inwardly and how I was perceived by others. This must be one of those things dealt with in counseling....

jane.healy said...

I really enjoyed your poem and concur that your second half is also very true.

I think personalitys are formed very early on ... outside elements obviously influence but it really is the way the personality reacts to those outside influences that control our destiny.

Helen said...

Fascinating Magpie entry this week .. makes me think back to the 60s when my children were 'forming' ... not much has changed. They do keep getting better and better though, isn't it wonderful how that happens?

Claudia said...

haha...what a great take on the prompt lydia.. .ove the pic you added..and true it is..

Paige said...

Excellent, intelligent and informative post- along with the
thesis and the two photos - very
provocative for the mind.

Tess Kincaid said...


Roxana said...

ooooh my

you are amazing, such delightful wit and such stunning skills of making it into a really good poem! i can't stop laughing!!!
however did you come up with this idea???

and i have always wondered about this topic of personality - especially now that it is so fun to watch my little daughter and imagine how she will evolve in a few years - which traits will remain, which will get lost...

Lydia said...

**I absolutely remember replying to the group of you above, but something went awry. Sorry! **

jane.healy~ I found your second paragraph truly profound. Thank you.

Helen~ It is wonderful, and I think that the mother has an awful lot to do with that outcome!

Claudia~ Thank you for your kind comment!

Paige~ I appreciated your comment and enjoyed knowing what you liked about the post. Thank you.

Tess~ Thanks. That describes your prompts.....and most definitely all your poetry.

Roxana~ Heck, I am not sure where this crazy Mag came from this week. The photo prompt elicited some amazing variety this week, that is for sure. :)
Do you know that this is the first you have mentioned your little daughter. I wonder now about some of your photos of children and if she is the subject in any of those studies. I am sure she is an amazing child and will grow up to be a unique and creative woman.

Roxana said...


i usually not talk about my private life on the blog, but as i feel very close to you and protected here in your world, i felt at ease doing that ;-)



Lydia said...

Roxana~ I am touched and honored by your comment. I feel exactly the same about you and in your world.♥ So many, many thanks for the link, as I have just spent precious time steeped in those images. Exquisite!



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