Writing survey questions for research studies is a very tricky task that must be done carefully in order to not bias the results. Not only must one be careful in the wording of the questions in order to not bias the survey taker or lead them toward a certain response, even the order of the questions must be taken into account. Researchers have long known about the existence of what is called the “order effect” where the order that questions in a survey are asked actually effects the response. For example, a 1997 Gallup poll asked whether respondents considered Bill Clinton and Al Gore honest and trustworthy. There were two versions of this survey, one with the question about Bill Clinton first and the other with the question about Al Gore first. Among those that took the version with the question about Clinton first, 49% said that both Clinton and … [Read More]
The concept of ‘pay it forward’ is something that is very familiar to Ohio State fans thanks to people like Woody Hayes. For most of us, paying it forward takes the form of donations, in the form of time, money, goods, or a combination of these, to various causes and groups that are important to us. For many of us, that includes donating to Ohio State so that the university can continue to grow and impact that lives of future students for years to come.
This week was graduation at the University of Sydney and several of the students from my department received their degrees today, including the student I supervise who received his Honours Degree; Honours is a weird Australian thing which is an extra year on top of a Bachelors without exactly being a Masters. As part of the graduation ceremony speeches, various higher-ups in the university encouraged … [Read More]
Buckeye fans enjoy seeing Ohio State at or near the top of rankings for a variety of things including numerous sports, academics, and research spending. Thanks to the all-around strength of OSU, we’ve gotten rather used to seeing the university we love at the top of those lists. However, not every list is one that you want to be at the top of and OSU fans and alumni had that reinforced this week when the Institute for Policy Studies named Ohio State as the Most Unequal Public University in the country; several other Big Ten schools also had the misfortune of appearing on the list as the rest of the top five were Penn State, Minnesota, Michigan, and the University of Washington. The IPS rankings were based on a combination of high pay for top administrators, high student debt, and large increases in low-wage or contingent faculty labor.
The fact … [Read More]
Football has always been a dangerous game and while most people have always recognized that there was a chance that players can be injured at any time, that risk has generally been accepted as a cost of doing business. However, in recent years research into the long term effects of concussions and other repeated head traumas have shown that perhaps that cost is too high. The research into the dangers of repeat blows to the head have led to the passage of new rules on all levels designed to reduce the numbers of blows to the head sustained by players and to make sure that players who suffer potential concussions are evaluated properly by medical personnel before being allowed to return to the game.
While many of these rules have been met with disdain from fans who see them as the “pussification of football”, the truth is that something needed … [Read More]
It is May and now that Ohio State has switched to semester, that means the school year is winding down; of course back in the day of trimesters we’d still be in school for another month. That means that students are studying for finals, seniors are hunting for jobs and preparing to graduate, coaches are recruiting, and the university is handing out faculty awards. While student-athletes and coaches are used to getting attention for almost everything they do, OSU faculty members are often overlooked for the work they do in making Ohio State one of the top universities in the world. Fortunately the annual faculty awards do at least a little to help give these people the attention they deserve.
First and foremost, the job of a university is to educate students and that isn’t possible without the hardwork and dedication to teaching from the faculty. While many people … [Read More]
In this weekly feature at some of the exciting research being done at Ohio State that has the potential to have a major impact on our world. Of course cutting edge research that makes a big impact is nothing new for Ohio State; Buckeyes have been making world changing discoveries pretty much ever since the university was founded. This long history of cutting edge research has helped lead to Ohio State being ranked as one of the top research universities in the world and cemented a reputation that continues to attract top level faculty and students who are making new discoveries today. Thus it is only fitting that a series dedicated to looking at the exciting research being done at OSU take a moment to look back at some of the major discoveries in the past that helped the university gain its reputation. OSU made this task of looking back … [Read More]
Whether it be from movies such as The Best Years of Our Lives, Taxi Driver, The Deer Hunter, or others, or from personally knowing someone or even just watching the news, most Americans are at least somewhat familiar with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). While PTSD was first brought to the public’s attention by war veterans returning home from combat, it can effect anyone and can be triggered by things such as being a victim of a crime, car accident, natural disaster, etc… In 2009, the National Institute for Health estimated that around 7.7 million American adults suffer from PTSD. Due to the nature of combat, PTSD is more common in the military and in 2009 the Department of Veterans Affairs estimated that 31% of Vietnam Veterans, 10% of Desert Storm veterans, 11% of veterans of the war in Afghanistan, and 20% of Iraqi war veterans … [Read More]
Most everyone probably remembers the news that came out during the Christmas shopping season about the massive data breach at Target that resulted in the theft of credit card data of hundreds of thousands of people. This data breach resulted in renewed calls to do something to make credit cards and the information they contain more secure. This is a major, far reaching problem that potentially impacts everyone in the US and beyond but fortunately researchers in the Ohio State Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering are on the case.
The major problem with credit cards in the United States is that the vast majority of them rely on magnetic strips to store the credit card data. While this is an easy means of storing and transmitting the data to the terminal at the checkout, all you have to do is swipe your card, it isn’t very secure as the … [Read More]