The first full week of work at AAA has come to a close! I can’t believe how fast time has flown by. Anthropology Information Central is coming along nicely. I was able to compile an array of information covering 7 main categories designed by Katie Vizenor, which include AAA Membership At-A-Glance, Anthropology and Media, Funding & Research, Higher Education, K-12 Education and International Baccalaureate, Publishing, and Workforce and Job Market. On the new website each one of these categories will be a section with the major links and statistics pertaining to it attached. It should be user friendly and informative for anthropologist at all levels!
Now that I have finished up that project I will begin working with the AAA-Communication Plan Survey from 2014. This task will require a lot of data cleaning in order to get the program ready to be transferred into SPSS so that we can analyze the data and make informed statements about the general trends in anthropology in addition to understanding problems within the survey language and questioning. This may sound tedious but I can’t wait to get started! Statistics applied to real world situations can be fun!
As you may have noticed the projects assigned to me at AAA have been much different than those at the Smithsonian and therefore have challenged and pushed me in much different ways. This internship has given me diverse experiences all of which have been exciting and invigorating. I can’t wait to see where the last week at AAA and in DC will take me!
In the meantime, each day in DC I feel as though I learn more about the area and become more of a ‘local.’ On Wednesday Emily and I were exposed to the challenges of the DC metro. Due to a train derailment we were forced to take two trains and bikes to work; we were extremely determined to get into the office and only showed up a half hour late! Now we can officially say we are experienced DC metro goers!
AAA office. Desk-work. The proverbial nine to five. Don’t know that I could ever make this a career choice but it’s an experience I’m grateful for. I got to know my co-workers much better this past week and that always makes all the difference. We went to lunch together and it was great getting to converse in a non-work environment. I have decided it is imperative to any office’s health that its occupants have an all-office lunch at least once a week.
As for the work, I find a set project with a goal and small, easy-to-accomplish, tasks within that goal to be most satisfying and productive. A project is so much more stimulating when you are collaborating on it with others. I am constantly running down the hall to talk to Ed, or Haleema and Lisa, or Vernon or Dexter. I love the quick paced email responses on new ideas and critiques of old ones. It really is a wonder how scientists designed and accomplished statistical studies with large amounts of data and partners before computers.
I am in the throes of gathering data that will be the base of the analysis Ed Liebow and Sidney Greenfield will conduct in their study of senior/retired anthropologists. This study will be starting point that will allow Sidney to assess his group, the Association for Senior Anthropologists, and encourage further research into what anthropologists can expect in their sixth or seventh decades and beyond. The study will also help Ed and the AAA better serve our senior members, giving them the recognition and support they deserve after dedicating decades to the discipline.
Good vibes for my last week!