Monthly Archives: July 2017

Podcast weeks

Whew! Where did July go? Now that the excitement of splitting the sediment core has passed, the last couple weeks have been a bit of a blur of intensive sample processing. I wrote in my introductory post that lab work can often be monotonous. To be perfectly honest, I can find the routine protocols soothing, especially… Read more »

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Impeached

We have been busy trying to wrap up our research here. Towards the halfway mark, we had to revisit what we have done. Then, we decide on our angle for our long-form piece and documentary. We scheduled more face time with our subjects to get more material. Also, some nice intimate dinner with them to… Read more »

Can small-scale local food production really increase a city’s food security?

Throughout this summer, I’ve struggled with the following question: How can local food production spaces (e.g. urban/peri-urban farms, community farms/gardens*, and people’s home gardens) that don’t produce significant amounts of food (for individual households or through other retail channels) increase a city’s food security? Can they? Through this blog post, I’ll focus on how/why/if community… Read more »

Week Six!

My survey and interview project is fully underway! At the start of this week, I worked with Dr. Phillips to further finalize all of my survey forms in Redcap, and at the end of the week I sent my first recruitment email to participants. I got so excited when the lab’s phone rang on Friday… Read more »

Daichi wo Mamuro

After racing in a giant circle across the Bangkok airport, accomplishing none of my wifi dependent tasks I hoped to do before my second (this) flight, I’ve finally just sat down at the same seat I got out of about half an hour. To clarify, my airport lap was not accidental: it was necessary to… Read more »


When I met Fatima for the first time, she struck off as a lovely, graceful lady. At the same time, she managed to command respect from everyone at the Bonded Labour Liberation Front. Now, those are a few signs of a great leader. Fatima was very comfortable in front of the camera too. I did… Read more »

When plans change

One lesson in research: you can never expect things to go according to plan.               Although last week was in many ways really exciting for me and my lab group, and involved lots of new instruments and new opportunities, we also hit a number of road bumps. The freeze… Read more »

Week Five!

My first full week back after the fourth of July felt like a long one! Fortunately, this was just what I needed to get everything with my project finalized to launch next week. I will be collecting data over these next few weeks and then analyzing the results of my interviews and surveys at the… Read more »


We set out for Lahore to find out why the practice of bonded labor is still happening despite it being illegal in Pakistan. Pre-assumptions aside, we needed to speak with people who understand the topic well. So far, we spoke with those who are in the brick kiln industry, which practices bonded labor widely, a lawyer… Read more »

Core sampling week, in pictures

As compared to usual, lots happened this week! Here’s a summary of what’s been happening, told in pictures.   Testing out our brand-new core splitter on an empty core tube.   My very own freshly split core!   The new core scanner took super-high-definition photos of my core so that changes in color and texture… Read more »