Musings

  • Happy Holiday’s?

    By jessicabroome on December 19, 2016
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    It’s that time of year again. My inbox is full of holiday greetings from every research vendor who has me on their mailing list. I know it’s the thought that counts, but really these greetings are pretty easy to ignore. In fact, the only one that really stood out was one I got last week, with the subject line “Happy […]
  • How San Diego’s Weather is Just Like Research

    By jessicabroome on January 18, 2016
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    I got to San Diego at the beginning of January for a 2-month stay. I was expecting sunshine and warm days at the beach. Instead, I was welcomed by El Niño and a lot of scenes like this. After a long drought, most of the locals were pretty relieved to see some rain, so I adjusted and made the best […]
  • Research Humor

    By jessicabroome on March 17, 2015
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    Today I just want to share this funny comic my mom sent me years ago…          
  • A Research Valentine

    By jessicabroome on February 18, 2015
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    Better late than never…  
  • Happy Holidays

    By jessicabroome on December 11, 2014
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    I love the holiday season. For the past few years my dear friend Nicole of Sloe Gin Fizz has been designing research-themed holiday cards that I send to all my contacts. Here’s a sampling:        
  • Days you Never Saw on Facebook

    By jessicabroome on October 22, 2014
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    Every time I talk to someone who only sees me on Facebook, they say some variation of the same thing: “Your life looks amazing! I can tell your business is going really well!” Both of these things are true, but I recently realized that, just like many people, I “curate” my Facebook updates to show the sunny side of the […]
  • Decaf Coffee and Yes/No Questions

    By jessicabroome on September 3, 2014
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    I only drink decaf coffee. I know, this is terrible and tragic and I’m obviously not living life to the fullest. But bear with me. When I order decaf, in a restaurant or a Starbucks or wherever, I know that I’m the anomaly and that often waitrons often forget or tune out the request or there’s just no decaf to […]
  • Fun Times in the “Academia Nut”

    By jessicabroome on July 25, 2014
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    I’ve been teaching Questionnaire Design at the University of Michigan’s Summer Institute in Survey Research Techniques, and I’m finding it hugely fun for a few reasons: 1. My students are fantastic. The Summer Institute is always an eclectic bunch. There are a lot of PhD students from other departments (public health, education, sociology…) who are using surveys as part of […]
  • Show me the Money!

    By jessicabroome on July 8, 2014
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    This piece about putting a toddler to bed in 100 easy steps has been making the rounds lately, and it makes me think about the process I’ve been going through with a few clients… Finish project. Send invoice. Client returns invoice, requesting different address/ additional code/ different font size. Edit invoice. Re-send invoice. Wait. Follow up with client. Learn that invoice is […]
  • The Top 10 Moments In My Research Career

    By jessicabroome on May 9, 2014
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    David Letterman is on his way out, but in his honor, here’s a top 10 list. 1. Getting locked in a strange Indian family’s bathroom after an in-home interview. The respondent had to let me out! 2. Being told by a respondent in Shawangunk Maximum Security prison that I had some “funky, Frankenstein-looking shoes.” 3. Passing out during focus groups the day after running the New […]

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