End of a great week #1
Thanks for joining me again for my next blog post! I've been here a full week now and it seems like it's been almost a month. I've met so many great people and have started forming the beginnings of my dissertation. I've also spent some time walking around the city snapping some photos of the natural beauty: you can see the amazing contrast of colors from the photos I am posting. As you can see, Norway is a city full of an eclectic blend of vibrant colors (not the people of course, it's a pretty homogenous town [well, country] in terms of race). Today, an "American scientist" came to workshop ideas with the Norwegian scholars; it turns out that this professor (Dr. Jay Belsky) works with professors in my department and friends of my in California. It really is a small, small academic world. For the most part, I have been able to figure out the city and begin to know how to get around without asking locals for help. The bus system is one of the best I have ever seen- it is almost always on time and there are busses everywhere. It is much more enjoyable to drive around here than in the big American cities, but there is still traffic during rush hour, which is more like 4:00pm here. My plans for the upcoming week are to map out the three papers of my dissertation, play around with the data I will be using, host a colleague and friend for a couple days before we travel to Lausanne, Switzerland for a conference, and enjoy the sun while it lasts. The temperature was an incredible 70 degrees today and will continue throughout the weekend, so I best enjoy the sun before the snow and freezing temperatures arrive. My California skin will probably be in shock once the cold weather arrives. One of the places that is central for students is the student union, or "stud enter samfundet", the red building in the photo to the right. This is where most of the activities happen for the students; I have yet to visit inside. There are also cinemas (movie prices aren't too bad, about $16 per movie), and a national theatre that brings Norwegian versions of plays like West Side Story. I will leave you with some other photos I took today, and will write about Switzerland in a week!
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
|The Nidelva River in Trondheim|
Greetings and welcome to the blog about my European travels this Fall 2013. This is my first blog ever, so please bear with me. A little background: I am studying in Trondheim, Norway for 3.5 months funded by the National Science Foundation and Research Council of Norway; my host scientist is Dr. Lars Wichstrøm at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. While I am in Norway for 3.5 months, I will be working on my dissertation using Norwegian prospective, representative data. Dr. Wichstrøm will mentor me and help further my program of research. While I am in Europe, I will be traveling to Lausanne, Switzerland for the European Conference on Developmental Psychology (Aug 30-6) and take short day trips to Zurich and Bern. My Aunt and I will also travel to Germany for a week and visit Frankfurt, Munich, Rothernburg, and other small cities.
First impressions of Norway
|The view I had walking to buy my groceries|
Norwegian people and my studies
|Cathedral two blocks from my house|
In terms of work, Dr. Wichstrøm was able to provide me a private office to work in. We have met to discuss what types of research questions I can explore using the data he is generously offering to me. The dataset is one-of-a-kind and provides the ability to trace developmental trajectories over the life span; in my case, I will be investigating mental health disparities and stability of identity over time
(in terms of behavior as well). I plan on organizing the data and developing my conceptual models the first couple weeks. During this time, I will work on my dissertation proposal and potentially propose my dissertation to my committee via Skype while I am in Norway. The idea is to begin 2 out of the 3 required manuscripts that will eventually become my dissertation.
|I had to ask 3 people|
whether this was mustard
I will plan to update the blog weekly to report on neat findings and share exciting photos from my journeys. Thanks for reading!