Inquiry Project Reflection #1

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When I first decided on my research topic, I didn’t have a clear picture of what I was focusing on. I had broad sub sets but no specific research question to basic the project on. So after some consideration my question is “Why is ultrasound only considered a platinum standard?”. Some additional questions that may arise from this direction is:

“How will ultrasound change with the digital age?”

“Could ultrasound have the capabilities to surpass other modalities for the gold standard?”

Throughout this project, in order to answer some of these questions I will describe:

What ultrasound is and how it is used in the medical field.

How ultrasound compares to the gold standard.

The technological advancements for the future of ultrasound.

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Concept Experience Week 4: Research + Zotero

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Research before Zotero…

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Research after Zotero…

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Who knew research could be so simple? Licklider, Nelson, and Engelbart had a vision similar to this for the ease of research.  They understood the complexity combined with the simplicity of computers and the endless possibilities we would one day be faced with.

It was frustrating while trying to decipher Zotero, however, once the initial meaningless threats and rude gestures passed the process lessened in difficulty. Even though learning Zotero was difficult, the research process beforehand was lengthy and more detailed. Zotero has given me an organized and compacted way to keep all my thoughts in one place. In my previous concept post I mentioned that my research for me was like osmosis. Zotero will help this process even more so by acting as a filter. I look forward to future research with this wonderful discovery!

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Nugget #4: Computer Lib/Dream Machines

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“An exploitive attitude is fostered. Not becoming involved with the subject, the student grabs for rote payoff rather than insight.”

“Everything is interesting, until ruined for us. Nothing in the universe is intrinsically uninteresting. Schooling systematically ruins things for us, wiping out these interests; the last thing to be ruined determines your profession.”

“Under such circumstances [of students controlling the sequence] students will actually be interested, motivated to achieve far more than they have ever achieved within the normal instructional framework; and any lopsidedness which may result will be far offset by the degree of accomplishment which will occur—it being much better to create lopsided but enthusiastic genius specialists than listless, apathetic, or cruelly rebellious mediocrities. If they start soon enough they may even reach adulthood with natural minds: driven by enthusiasm and interest, crippled in no areas, eager to learn more, and far smarter than people ordinarily end up being.”

I had a hard time choosing only one nugget to base my assignment off of this week. Throughout the reading I got the impression that Nelson had a passion for knowledge and for allowing the “creative juices to flow”. While the grading system of the United States can be helpful in that it gives a student certain goals to strive for, it can also be a hindrance to some students. To have one’s focus strictly based on that A+ grade can cause a student to sell himself short.  According to Elaine Weiss, “Pressure on test scores has crowded out the art, music, and drama that cultivate a love of learning and that draw out children’s unique skills.”  Don’t get me wrong…I’m not blaming teachers for this, or the parents, or the United States even. Every person’s situation is different and whether or not you choose to rise above and not join the masses in the struggle for that perfect score is what matters. Not that a good grade isn’t important…just don’t sell your soul to get there.

And just some extras for your Monday. 🙂

“When you can’t tear a teeny kid away from the computer screen, we’ll have gotten there [to real media of the future].”

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“The computer doesn’t work that way”

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“Computers are not everything, they are just an aspect of everything, and not to know this is computer illiteracy, a silly and dangerous ignorance.”

Inquiry Project Proposal: Ultrasound – the platinum standard

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Compelled with a passion for the medical field, primarily ultrasound, I chose to create my inquiry project on ultrasound. The basis of my research will be the different varieties of ultrasound and other tests available to us and the gold standard vs the platinum standard of medical testing.

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I will admit that as a vascular ultrasound sonographer some might think that I am only choosing a subject that I am familiar with for an easier project. This is not the case…I chose this topic because of the ignorance and complete misunderstanding people (even medical professionals) have of this field. “Oh, so you scan babies?” or “So you’re an x-ray tech?” are phrases I hear often. People have no clue. Also, while explaining the difference between the several varieties of medical testing and the gold vs platinum standard, it is my intent to generate further awareness for you as a future patient to know more about the test that you may be receiving to give you a greater understanding as to the necessity and purpose of the study.

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Concept Experience Week 3: Part 2

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Each and every day, people are inspired with new technological ideas that will better today’s world and make life simpler. The days of scouring the library to find that one book with that one quote that was said by that one author…thank goodness there is a much quicker and more informative process! We live in a world with technology at our fingertips. Thanks to the ease of internet browsing that I am lucky to have access to, I was able to discover numerous more answers than I was intending and also extend on the subject with new questions. Throughout my research I found myself visiting multiple sites (Google, YouTube, Wikipedia, Google, about.com, Google, etc.). As I followed the technological trail of the past and contemplated the future with the technical advancements that are to come, I realized the importance of technology and how our quality of life has improved thanks to it. It started with therapeutic ultrasound, which led to continuous wave Doppler, which in turn led to Doppler imaging, which in turn led to pulsed wave and now we have reached the stage of 4D ultrasound. The intricacy of a machine with the ability to visualize the inside of the human body and diagnose an issue is mind boggling. The progression to me is nothing short of amazing.

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About 85 per cent of my “thinking” time was spent getting into a position to think, to make a decision, to learn something I needed to know. Especially with the technology we have today, sometimes it’s necessary to weed out the stuff that doesn’t hold any context to what you need to learn and research. While the osmosis process can prevent unnecessary information from entering, it can also prevent me from getting a complete idea of what I’m reading. Despite the fact that there is a voluminous literature on thinking and problem solving, including intensive case-history studies of the process of invention, I could find nothing comparable to a time-and-motion-study analysis of the mental work of a person engaged in a scientific or technical enterprise. Man’s population and gross product are increasing at a considerable rate, but the complexity of his problems grows still faster, and the urgency with which solutions must be found becomes steadily greater in response to the increased rate of activity and the increasingly global nature of that activity. Whether it is an oak tree or a sunflower, it is something that is a lot more complex than its original state as a seed.

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“Ultimately, it’s not that we use 10 percent of our brains, merely that we only understand about 10 percent of how it functions.” The entire effect of an individual on the world stems essentially from what he can transmit to the world through his limited motor channels. It seems that he’s [Licklider] aware that men’s own imperfections actually serve as a strength; that we are the ones who lead computers to where we want them to go and not the other way around. As we discussed the man-human relationship, I realized that while computers are very compatible with us and make our lives much easier, I also came to the conclusion that computers will never surpass humans because of maintenance requirements and the necessity of the human mind for progression of technology. The computer’s capabilities are constantly changing and improving, however, it has always taken the human mind to conspire that change and I don’t foresee that changing anytime soon. My final conclusion was that while we may use 100% of our brain, our mind will never have reached full capacity.

The investigator is staggered by the findings and conclusions of thousands of other workers—conclusions which he cannot find time to grasp, much less to remember, as they appear. Yet specialization becomes increasingly necessary for progress, and the effort to bridge between disciplines is correspondingly superficial. KLT extended on that topic by discussing the fact that while computers are a blessing in some ways, they could also be a disservice to humans by replacing many of the seemingly minute jobs that kept many in the world employed. Sure, I know how and could enter every single line of data and equations into the Excel spreadsheet, however, the amount of time I would save if I were to copy and paste, etc., could be better used for “thinking time” or formulating an answer. It is so fascinating to read the words of someone from fifty years ago and realize that what he is describing is something that has been created and is used by many people on a regular basis. Curious minds all thinking aloud…it’s a great experience! No matter the endeavor, one must always have a foundation––a rock––that is solid and can support the rest of the organization, no matter how simple or complex.

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Concept Experience Week 3: Part 1

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Osmosis.

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I absorb facts in small portions at a time. To me learning is similar to a filter. Especially with the technology we have today, sometimes it’s necessary to weed out the stuff that doesn’t hold any context to what you need to learn and research. I filter information according to the importance to me at the time, after which the next important, so on and so forth. Unfortunately, this can also work in a reverse way. While the osmosis process can prevent unnecessary information from entering, it can also prevent me from getting a complete idea of what I’m reading.

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Reverse osmosis.

During finals I wish osmosis worked this way…

This article intrigued me when I read the phrase: “Osmosis is the art of unconscious learning. It is where we stop studying materials, and start absorbing them.”

Week 3 Nugget

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“The entire effect of an individual on the world stems essentially from what he can transmit to the world through his limited motor channels. This in turn is based on information received from the outside world through limited sensory channels; on information, drives, and needs generated within him; and on his processing of that information. His processing is of two kinds: that which he is generally conscious of (recognizing patterns, remembering, visualizing, abstracting, deducing, inducing, etc.), and that involving the unconscious processing and mediating of received and self-generated information, and the unconscious mediating of conscious processing itself.”

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This paragraph reminded me of the movie Limitless. For those who haven’t seen it, here is a general synopsis. It starts with an average guy who “runs into” this fellow. He learns through this certain fellow that everyone in the world can only access and use a very small percentage of our brains. Miraculously there is this mystery drug that can open up your mind and allow you to access 100% of it. Basically this guy became extremely smart and his senses went through the roof. He becomes extremely rich and powerful, but also extremely addicted to this drug.

The paragraph made me reminisce back to the movie because of the small amount that we, at each stage in our lives, truly use of our brain. As a baby very little is used, throughout childhood our minds are constantly at work asking questions and figuring things out; however, our knowledge base is still considered at a low level and therefore our brain isn’t truly fully functioning. Even now, at the age each of us is at, I believe we have yet to use our brains to their full potential. But then I looked into this and I was proved wrong. “Ultimately, it’s not that we use 10 percent of our brains, merely that we only understand about 10 percent of how it functions.” My final conclusion was that while we may use 100% of our brain, our mind will never have reached full capacity. Unless you could honestly tell me that you have learned everything there is to know and could possibly ever know. Our mind is constantly growing and changing and absorbing. Don’t ever stop and keep an open mind!

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Week 2 Reflection

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This week I found to be a little more difficult in a way. I don’t consider myself to have an extremely creative mind…I never could journal or draw or do any of that. I’m hoping this class is able to help draw out the creative part of me that’s hidden way deep down somewhere. The part of this week that I enjoyed the most was the concept experience. Curious minds all thinking aloud…it’s a great experience! It really pushed me to open my mind and question things. In my concept experience I truly discovered the advantage of using the computer for research.

As we discussed the man-human relationship while I realized that while computers are very compatible with us and make our lives much easier, I also came to the conclusion that computers will never surpass humans because of maintenance requirements and the necessity of the human mind for progression of technology. Computers will also never be capable of true thought, logic, and emotions.

Analyzing the Obvious

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Fire is hot.

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Throughout my research I found myself visiting multiple sites (Google, YouTube, Wikipedia, Google, about.com, Google, etc.). While I started out looking at what causes heat and chemical components, I quickly found rabbit trails to explore. I went everywhere from chemical components to fire sand glass to glass made from lightning to wood smoke toxins. So while I found an answer to my statement by discovering that the heat in fire is created from the fast release of stored energy. Thanks to the ease of internet browsing that I am lucky to have access to, I was able to discover numerous more answers than I was intending and also extend on the subject with new questions.

 

Man-Computer Symbiosis Revised

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The basis of my nugget was rephrased by Najia, Karen Li, and Site in that computers have eliminated a majority of the busy work that once demanded so much of our time.

KLT extended on that topic by discussing the fact that while computers are a blessing in some ways, they could also be a disservice to humans by replacing many of the seemingly minute jobs that kept many in the world employed. And along with that Thought Vectors echoed KLT in the thought that computers will never completely rival humans due to the fact that they will never fully grasp the emotions and knowledge of right and wrong that humans do.

The computer’s capabilities are constantly changing and improving, however, it has always taken the human mind to conspire that change (Rachel Marcinko) and I don’t foresee that changing anytime soon.

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