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The tornado

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When I was at Alabama, I tutored a third grader at Englewood Elementary School in Tuscaloosa. She needed help with reading and math because, as her teacher told her, "You can't graduate to the fourth grade unless you pass the ARMTs."

I was very unhappy at Alabama when I started tutoring her. It was right before I applied to transfer to Johns Hopkins University. My "little sister" didn't fit in that well with the Southern-belles-in-training in her class, and she was often the only white girl hanging out with black students. Being the only Northerner at an Old South school, I felt some affinity.

Training camp takeaways

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This past weekend was Venture for America’s reunion in Providence, RI, and the graduation ceremony for VFA’s first-ever class, the 2012 Fellows. Joining VFA has been the best decision of my (young) life. I learned a lot this weekend, and I want to share a list of takeaways from the reunion that I brainstormed with my friend and fellow 2013 Fellow, Astrid.
Takeaway #1: First jobs are tough.                 Transitioning from college to the real world is already tough, but it’s exponentially harder with the added challenges of working at an early-stage company and moving to a brand-new city.

Human engineering paper

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As mentioned in "Stuff I think is cool: Thermal comfort studies", I wrote a research paper on the father of human engineering:

Stuff I think is cool: Thermal comfort studies

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When I was in college, I wrote a research paper on “The Father of Ergonomics,” Alphonse Chapanis. Ergonomics, also called human engineering, is the study of people’s efficiency in their working environment. Hippocrates recorded the earliest known ergonomic guide, which advised doctors to arrange surgical implements within easy reach before starting a procedure.
Today, nearly every product on the market is designed with the user in mind, but I found a lab that takes human engineering even one step further.