King of Stats

By Evelyn Wyman, Brian Chu, and Gabrielle Cooper

Apologies for not making a blog post yesterday, we were out late on a wonderful canoe trip, courtesy of the Pacific Northwest Voyagers. The water was such a nice temperature many of us brave souls ended up swimming. Although swimming got us slightly behind schedule, the perfectly refreshing water and the gorgeous view of the sunset from the row back were completely worth it.  After the long night, most of us were pleasantly exhausted this morning, but we still had an exciting morning of science studying Eelgrass Wasting Disease with PhD candidate Morgan Eisenlord.

View from Kaigani

For the past few days we have been out in the field and in the lab with Morgan. A few days ago we went out to Fourth of July beach with her and collected samples to work with in the lab. Today we laid out more samples from different locations for scans and did some analysis to see the severity of the infection. After two days of entering eelgrass data into spreadsheets, we were lucky enough to have Will King, a graduate student, talk to us about statistics and how to transform data into visual information. He talked to us about proving significance in data, and also helped us individually determine what techniques we would use for our end of the program presentations, which are rapidly approaching!

Will King teaching us stats

Tim Dwyer also mentioned the significance of statistics, and how it separates the “I think” or “I feel like”, from the “I know”.

After a wonderful dinner cooked by chef Tim Brogdon, everyone gathered in the warm common room for Tim B.’s lecture on life skills. Wanna hear a construction joke? Sorry, still workin’ on it! He taught us the importance of being able to keep a positive attitude, how to be a successful leader, and how to be a wonderful human being. Being able to survive in society can be a rigorous adventure, but we are the ones who can make it fun and meaningful. Just as Avicii once sang, “He said, ‘One day, you’ll leave this world behind, so live a life you will remember.’

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