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First Reflection

The first meeting for Introduction To Interdisciplinary Studies felt far shorter than an hour, but was enjoyable. I was pleased to see multiple people I know, who I never knew were interested in the same major as me, show up for the first cass meeting. It will definitely be nice to have friendly faces within […]

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The Case Against Boycotts

As a student of International Relations one of the topics I have discussed in class more than once is social movements; people who band together and peacefully protest in order to create political or societal change. I, like most Americans, enthusiastically support everyone’s right to protest and participate in social movements. However, it seems that […]

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Capstone Project

Capstone Project James Mattes Introduction The motivation for this study of golf statistics is I want to find the most important factor that helps a golfer achieve the best score. I will look at Yards per Drive, Driving Accuracy, Drive Total, Greens in Regulation, Putting Average per Green, and Save Percentage. By the end of

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A Senior Synthesis

By: Maeve McKenna My Major in the Interdisciplinary program, Human Resources with Youth and Development is mixing two worlds opposite from each other, together.  It brought sides of the business aspects of Human Resources like communications skills and management skills together with sides of Youth development, aspects like how adolescents work, develop and what they …

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My Intellectual Journey

I grew up in White Plains, New York which is about forty minutes north of New York City; my early life was spent in and around Manhattan which is a very diverse and urban area and has had a very strong impact on my life. My parents come from South America and my family is […]

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Eport Post #7

Throughout the articles for this week, there were many great ideas. Some I agree with and some I disagree with, but none the less well thought out and stated with purpose. The firs article I read was “Why Openness in Education”, which was a textbook article. My first though while reading this was how can …

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Addiction, depression and the war on drugs — Phil Ebersole’s Blog

Hat tip to Pete’s Politics and Variety. Johann Hari is the author of Chasing the Scream: the First and Last Days of the War on Drugs (2015) and Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression—and the Unexpected Solutions (2018) In the first book, he argued that drug addiction is not mainly a chemical dependency; …

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Barre Class

Hey followers! This week I wanted to share with you on what is going on with my week! This is the week where i am hosting a free body barre class! Body barre is one of my favorite things to do and it is a great whole body workout. If you have never done body … Continue reading Barre Class

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Environmentally Conscientious and Sustainable Gardening Practices for Public Spaces *

An Introductory Overview Cassidy Brennan Why bother with environmentally conscientious and sustainable gardening practices? “Ecological gardens meld the best features of wildlife gardens, edible landscapes, and conventional flower and vegetable vegetable gardens, but they go beyond simply adding these styles together… These gardens are grounded in relatively new concepts such as permaculture and ecological design, […]

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Reflecting Off

At the moment I don’t know what to think about this course yet. Although, I am pretty excited to see what it has to offer and what I can get out of it. Before the class had started for the semester, I didn’t know what to think and I wasn’t sure how it was going […]

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Reflection

Henry Huang Dr. Cheney Intro to Interdisciplinary Studies Reflection on the first class Due: 9/3/19             Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies is a three-credit course, meeting Tuesday nights or Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. It is required for all Interdisciplinary Studies majors and is one of two specific IDS classes. Going in I knew that we were […]

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ePost #2

ePort #2 Intro to Interdisciplinary Studies Robert Jaarsma  9/10/19 In both of the articles that we read, they both stress the importance of moving into an online world. It opens many opportunities to reach more people in a much easier manner. One of the main points in Matthew Cheney’s article is that he hopes “Some …

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Senior IDS Précis

Adamowicz et al in the Journal of Environment and Management  1994, states that the major drawback of Dynamic stochastic general equilibrium modeling methods is that they can measure the use values of environmental goods, but non-use values cannot be captured when analyzing environmental services.  Adamowicz et al supports his claim by unaccurate valuations of nature […]

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ePost Brainology

ePost Brainology  Intro to Interdisciplinary Studies  Robert Jaarsma 9/24/19 After reading the article the topic that stood out to me the most was the praise in today’s society and how it affects younger people and grown people. All through our time as a kid, we receive daily praise. This could be through our parents, friends, …

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Reconnecting Spirtuality and Culture to Ecology

Todays world views are completely self centered and materialistic. As time has progressed we as a species have started to lose our connection with nature as a whole. We continuously take from the earth without giving back or replenishing what we have taken. We have started to lose the spiritual importance food should have in our daily lives. Mass productions of food are unsustainably harvested across the globe. The convenience and quickness that processed and fast food possesses has started…

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Sending off 2019

Wow! 2019 is coming to an end and we are about to start a new decade! First, I wanted to say that I am sorry for my inactiveness since graduating in May. I have been busy and I haven’t had time to write about all my adventures since graduating. Since the year is coming to … Continue reading Sending off 2019

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Inside Out: New Perspectives from Incarcerated Artists

Today I attended an art gallery opening that my best friend helped curate. It was unique, inspiring, and in a certain tone, sad. The gallery featured about 20 pieces all done by males and females incarcerated. The pieces were mostly pencil or colored pencils done on paper, but the amount of talent and creativity presented Read More

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Applied Project

On Friday, April 19th, 2019 I had the pleasure to teach a Body Barre Class. This class was open to all PSU students and faculty and was a free class for all to attend. The class was held in the Silver Center dance studio room 121 from 9-10am. I have been in the process of … Continue reading Applied Project

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Personal Learning Network

A Personal Learning Network (PLN) is a tool that one can use to stay up to date and engaged in their respective field(s). I have chosen to start with a diversity of methods to form my PLN. I am using Facebook, Google Scholar, and OutdoorEd.com. I am focused on entering the field of wilderness therapy […]

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Antihypertensives and Horseshoe Crabs

Last time I wrote about something not pertaining to interdisciplinary studies, I wrote about American Horseshoe Crabs. You can read more there about the little interesting facts about them, because in this post I want to focus on the results of my recently finished study. While in my first study I examined the effects of …

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Research Article & Applied Project Prospectus & Timeline

Research Prospectus: I have decided to dive into propaganda art/posters for my research article. Specifically I want to look at WWII propaganda posters and their effect on people’s view on the war. Propaganda posters played a major role in the general public’s perspective not he war, specifically in Germany. I would like to research this […]

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Summary Synthesis

My IDS major’s general focus is filling the requirements to get into a doctoral physical therapy program. I have created a major the fills all the requirements course wise, with an addition of several courses that will help me in the long run. The program created is named Pre- Physical Therapy, and has allowed me …

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Rough Draft of Research Article: Low Back Pain

This is a copy of my very rough draft of my research article. An updated and more complete article will be uploaded shortly. Low back pain (LBP) is among the leading causes of disability worldwide (Hartvigsen et al., 2018). The greatest increases in disability from LBP have come from low- and middle-income countries which emphasizes […]

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Synthesis

Conservation has always been important to me, therefore it made since to make it my major. I took a combination […]

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Youth Leadership Through Adventure

This past weekend I was helping out at a youth leadership conference in Fairlee, VT. This was the high school conference for Youth Leadership Through Adventure which caters to youth in northern New Hampshire. This organization works towards prevention by teaching students leadership skills through team and adventure based learning. It also showcases to students …

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Process and People

I want to keep a live record of the people helping and guiding me on my capstone project as I go on the journey of creating my children’s book. This post I will continue to update as there are new ideas and developments for my story. Katie Herzig: Professor of psychology at Plymouth State University, … Continue reading Process and People

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Summary Synthesis

Senior Seminar Robert Jaarsma For my Interdisciplinary Major, I created Adventure Tourism. This was a program that I designed to set me up for what I wanted to do exactly. I say exactly because there was no major that was offered that allowed me to truly feel qualified for my career goal. I was a …

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Environmentally Conscientious and Sustainable Gardening Practices for Public Spaces

An Introductory Overview Cassidy Brennan Why bother with environmentally conscientious and sustainable gardening practices? “Ecological gardens meld the best features of wildlife gardens, edible landscapes, and conventional flower and vegetable gardens, but they go beyond simply adding these styles together… These gardens are grounded in relatively new concepts such as permaculture and ecological design, but […]

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Senior Synthesis

My Interdisciplinary Studies degree title is “Health and Human Recourse Management”, although I am in the process of changing it…

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The Précis

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in the article, Childhood Obesity Trends (2019) explains that the national obesity rate among youth ages 2 to 19 is 18.5%. This foundation supports their claims by comparing surveys from …

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Prospectus and Timeline

Applied Project Prospectus  Vaccinations have become a very hot topic in the United States over the years, but recently it has become more heated than ever. So many people across the nation have been deciding not to vaccinate their children and I […]

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Interdisciplinary

I had no idea what this word meant until earlier this year in the summer. I knew it existed but never fully looked into it. I never knew this would be the major I needed this whole time. By definition interdisciplinary is relating to more than one branch of knowledge. Interdisciplinary is a smoothie of …

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A PLN Portfolio

My PLN has evolved over the course of my IDS program. Initially, Twitter started off as an opportunity for me to connect with companies and artists. It allowed me to see what others in the music disciplines were doing with their careers and new tools a…

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A Space For Myself…

Although this is a pretty simple and straight-forward class, I think it is very helpful and incredibly practical. In my previous college (Green Mountain College), the “Progressive Program” which would be the equivalent to Plymouth’s Interdisciplinary Studies Program, was very complicated, and required of a lot of the students that wanted to pursue that major. […]

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My Interdisciplinary Studies Experience

From my point of view interdisciplinary studies was completely uncharted territory when it came to the academic choices offered at Plymouth State University. I only started to hear what the program was and what they offered to students only a few weeks prior to when I made the amazing decision of changing my major and joining this program. When I was told I would have to take an introduction course in order to be a part of the program I…

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Eport Post #2

Web security is so important when creating a website. A student does not want their material to be plagiarized or hacked. Hackers on the internet can ruin a website very easily. There has been a lot of legislation passed in order to help students. “These legislative efforts stress the need to protect students when they’re

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Summary Synthesis

In 2017, I started creating my major of Media Production. Made up of the Communications, English, and Theater disciplines, my major focuses on what goes into producing a piece of media. With people consuming media like cups of coffee, it’s a field that I’m excited to hop right in to. I wrote about my experience … Continue reading “Summary Synthesis”

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Application Essay

Wilderness Therapeutic Adventure Henry Huang I have titled my program Wilderness Therapeutic Adventure because the goal is to understand and use the influence of nature with psychology in order to help clientele overcome personal struggle and inner conflict. I have created this program so that I may learn how to facilitate nature to address mental, […]

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Lifework

At 22 years old I have yet to define what my lifework is, and to be quite honest I don’t know if I ever will be able to sum up a definition. Throughout my life I have discovered many facets of myself, for instance I really enjoy being outdoors, I value nature and all the systems and resources it has to offer, I enjoy volunteering my time, and most of all I really enjoy eating chocolate. Some of the major…

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The Culmination of a Long Road

Throughout my time in college I feel that I have gotten to know myself and my interests more than ever before. Whether it was changing my hobbies, changing my major, or even changing my school, those experiences led me to be sure in my passions, and have confidence in my future. After many majors and…

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The Work We Show

                        The two articles by Watters and Cheney explain how we as students can use our own personal websites to show our work as well as use them as a type of portfolio for others to see. The readings are interesting because I have not thought about this idea before or let alone heard […]

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The Take Away

I was sitting in class the other day and the girl next to me was asleep. The boy in front of me was on his phone, and the students in the back were passing notes. I did not notice any of this until our teacher got fed up with everyone and sent them home. That’s … Continue reading The Take Away

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RA Outline

Intro: -Topic Statement, WWII Propaganda Posters Aimed at Women Redefining the female role -In relation to the male role -In relation to females around them, breaking stereotypes fear of judgement -Redefining femininity, how they appealed to feminine females The male gaze -Deeply rooted appeal to the male gaze, and thats relationship with attracting women to Read More

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8

This past week we were working made our abstract. We meet up in the library and started to form a plan about what we wanted our chapter to contain and what the layout was going to be. Everything seems to be working out well and the chapter is starting to come together. Our plans for …

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Spring Semester PLN Plan!

For my PLN plan I plan on making much more use of my twitter, @acrossleydesigns ! I think that Twitter is a very good tool in my field due to the media aspect of it all. Much of what I do is visual as well so Twitter provides a perfect medium to share my work […]

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Summary Synthesis

            My IDS major is fairly new to me and was accomplished in reverse order when comparing myself to others in that major.  I finished all my credits before I even knew what my major was going to be about.  However, I knew what interested me throughout the 155+ credits I have taken so it wasn’t hard to …

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My Interdisciplinary Intellectual Journey

I grew up in the Hanover, NH, area. Being from there, I have always had opportunities for intellectual stimulation; museums, math camps, intellectually stimulating activities and friends. However, I have also lived in Savannah, GA for an extensive peri…

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Research Topic & Applied Project Brainstorms

So far I have compiled an assortment of different research topics and applied projects. RESEARCH TOPICS: I am working on the topic of Graphic Design as communication because I want to find out how Graphic design elements & marketing effects our day to day life in order to help my reader understand better the effects […]

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Summarily Synthesizing Myself

Music-Physics. When most people hear that one of two things is their reaction: 1) That sounds awesome (These tend to be the more tech savy people, 2) What the Hell is that? Both of those are reasonable reactions. Music-Physics is not just about acoustics, although that is a large portion of it. It is about […]

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Summary Synthesis

Throughout 4 years and countless changes to my IDS contract, I’ve settled in my most comfortable place yet. From a Spanish translator for sociological purposes, to a journalist for sociological purposes, to a psychological interpreter of sociological behaviors through writing… it’s been quite the ride. The information across various disciplines that I’ve had the absolute …

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Research Article Outline

Environmentally Conscientious and Sustainable Gardening Practices for Public Spaces (meta analysis) Prospectus with Outline I am working on the topic of environmentally conscientious and sustainable gardening practices for public spaces, because I want to find out some of the best ways to integrate environmentally conscientious and sustainable gardening practices into communities, so that different demographics […]

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Update!

Hey Everyone! Just here to update you on my Dad HandBook. Not much has changed or become more difficult with my capstone project. If anything, I seem to be enjoying it more and getting more creative! I cannot wait for the final product. It seems so professional to me. I cut out all the pages …

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Sustainable and Diversified Entrepreneurship

As a young entrepreneur with a passion for sustainability and the outdoors, I have been on the search for an education that is both practical and applicable to my life goals. This search for a different type of education that not all students strive to receive lead me to the Interdisciplinary Studies program at Plymouth …

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Final exam

Throughout the duration of this class i learned many different skillsets and attributes that will further help me excel in life. The greatest thing I learned from this class is that integration between two disciplines is critical for success in many different areas. I realized that some people that have a regular one dimensional major …

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College now and Then

I read the articles entitled “Brainology and “The Struggle is real”. I can remember the first time I entered a college campus back in 1979. It was called a junior college back then, and it was in Rhode Island.  It was called Rhode Island Junior College. Some kids in the area referred to it as […]

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Spotify Analytics Using Python: Stage 1

I’ve been toying around with spotipy, a Python library for Spotify’s web API. This library allows me to easily mine data from Spotify and look for ways to let that data tell a story. Some of the mineable data are quantifications of qualitative data. Tw…

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SEO & Artificial Intelliegence

Artificial intelligence (AI) once seemed like a far fetched idea, only captured in sci-fi films and horror stories of the future. But what many fail to realize we now live in an age where we interact with AI on a daily basis, and may not even know it. As technology starts to advance artificial intelligence becomes the norm when it comes to search engine optimization (SEO). According to chapter 8 in the text “SEO is the practice of optimizing a…

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Capstone

RED PILL VS BLUE PILL: Why Can’t Two Parties Agree on a Joint System of HealthCare The topic of healthcare…

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Work hard, Score High?

I was never gifted with incredible intelligence and have still not been given any special skills in school. In my early years of school, especially middle school math, I was the type of student who would give it their all but once I was handed back a bad grade I would shut down. I would […]

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IDS Self-Evaluation

IDS has been a long and extraordinary learning experience for me this semester. Taking Intro to Interdisciplinary studies has taught me one great tool, creating an e-port to self reflect on the course throughout the semester. Social media was one thing I learned to self promote myself and to explore other disciplines within my chosen […]

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Research Article Draft

How and why does green infrastructure add value to real-estate?   Introduction: “Green Infrastructure can be defined as strategically planned and managed networks of natural lands, landscapes and other open spaces that conserve ecosystem values and functions and provide associated benefits to human populations. Additional elements and functions of green infrastructure are working lands, trails […]

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The Story of Maeve

Once upon a time there was a 16 year old girl.  This young girl was from a small town where nothing bad happens and everything is perfect. She has the best group of friends and family around her.  This girl was very pretty, smart and funny but she didn’t realize any of these things.  She’s …

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The Admissions Fellow Manual

Admissions Fellow Manual A guide on how to be be successful in the admissions fellowship  By: Maeve Bins Mckenna 2021 This Manual is dedicated to Shasta  Welcome to the Team! Dear New Fellow, Congratulations on being chosen as the Admissions fellow! Being a fellow for the admissions office was the best decision of my career …

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Research Article Draft

Research Article draft Epigenetics is a interesting and fairly new part of science and society that is rapidly growing in the amount it is studied.  Essentially Epigenetics pertains to the notion that exposure to certain environmental factors early in life, lead to biological changes in your DNA later on in life.  Now, these changes were originally thought …

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Worm Reflection 1

Coming into the Intro to Interdisciplinary course, I was excited, but horrified that I’d be unable to take the directions I wanted. Also not being an IDS major only added to my fears; had my peers already started some of these things? When should I proposal for my major be ready? Are they flat out […]

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