My friend Dave Davis (aka Hugh L. Davis III) finished his PhD and is now Doctor Dave! Dave’s dissertation was on “The Impact Of Commercial Banking Development On Economic Growth: A Principal Component Analysis Of Association Between Banking Industry And Economic Growth In Europe.” He was very kind and thanked me and fellow PhD students: “To my classmates, Shawn Lowe, Ed Bee, Richard Baker, Greg Bonadies, Patton, Melissa Aho, and Madeline Messick: had it not been because of their friendship, it is doubtful that I would have ever completed this chapter of my life” (pages iv-v). I am sure that Dave would have done just fine without us, but its still nice to be thanked. Thanks Doctor Dave!
My friend Todd just had an article published and he thanked me in the paper for helping edit the paper. How cool is that. Thanks Todd!
Barry, Todd. 2017. “Trade Gains via Business Market Share: U.S.-Global Posturing with Insight from Previous Manufacturing Battles” International Journal of Business and Information Volume 12 Number 1.
You can find the paper here: http://ijbi.org/ijbi/article/view/201
Happy 2017! My one resolution (you only need one) for 2017 is to finish the PhD!
New paper published! The paper that Todd and I presented at the MPSA Conference and then updated has been published! And yes, it is an economics paper! Actually its about economics and AI (artificial intelligence).
Todd J. Barry and Melissa K. Aho. 2016. “Technological Unemployment and Socio-Economic Change: Historical Perspectives and the Future.” Communications in Applied Sciences Vol 4, No 2: 1-48. http://infinitypress.info/index.php/cas/issue/view/89
Dr Madeline Messick dissertation is now online for your reading pleasure. This wonderful little sentence is to be found in the Acknowledgements: “Melissa Aho, AKA the Citation Goddess, deserves extra thanks for reviewing all my references”
Good news! The paper “Technological Unemployment and Socio-Economic Change: Historical Perspectives and the Future” that Todd and I presented in Chicago at the MPSA is going to be published in the Communications in Applied Sciences!
My friend Madeline, whom I met the first day of my PhD program (along with J and Issam), successfully defended her dissertation “Natural Disasters In Latin America: The Role of Disaster Type and Productive Sector On The Urban-Rural Income Gap and Rural To Urban Migration” today!
I purchased a Congratulations PhD Graduation card for her 6 years ago. It gets mailed tonight! Well, maybe tomorrow.
Congratulations Doctor Madeline Messick, PhD!!!
(photo courtesy of M. Messick 2016)
Wow, Madeline’s hair has really changed over the past 6 years.
Candy and PhD Graduation card!
Today was my 90 Minutes PhD Comprehensive Oral Exam.
April 28th, 2016
8:00 a.m. until 9:30 a.m
It was a crazy day! I got less than 3 hours of sleep (not a good sleeper I was trying for 6 hours, but could not fall asleep), so I was not moving too quickly this morning. The weather was pouring rain, the streets were flooding, there were Flood Warnings like crazy, thunder, lightening, etc. I arrived on campus and was soaked by the time I got inside. There were three professors at the exam and me. I have been joking for years that I would do an interpretive dance routine for my Oral Exam (there was a funny video a few years ago about someone doing an interpretive dance routine for their PhD and it was hysterical) and no, I did not dance (I cannot dance), but I did make a joke about it and one also about the Magna Carta. We started with my major – Political Development and then moved on to my minor – Security Studies. The exam was crazy hard and I could not remember anything. No names or dates or things that I had been studying for the past year. My mind went blank and stayed that way. The whole thing was much harder and much more stressful then I thought it would be. After over an hour we finished and I left the room and they talked. I figured I had failed. I only had to wait about 10 minutes or so, which is a really short time. Too short and that’s never good. I went in and the IDV Challenge Coin (the sign that you have passed) was waiting for me. At first I thought it was a joke, but no, it turns out that I passed!!! I Passed!!!
Afterwards braving the rain I stopped for a celebratory meal at the Waffle House! I have not been there for years, so it was time for another visit.
Then tonight IDV Department hosted a dinner tonight at the Harbor View Cafe Restaurant. It was fun to see and talk with friends and meet some of the new students.
Later the names I totally forgot to mention keep coming back to me…haunting me…taunting me…Inglehart and Wlezel…Modernization…101 things about globalization…Joe Schumpeter…Acemoglu, Johnson, and Robinson. Its like PTSD for Comps.
Comprehensive Exams now passed. I am now ABD!!! All But Dissertation!!!
Today is Study Day Wednesday, so named due to the fact that I am resting, letting my back recover from yesterdays long flights, and studying like a crazy lady for tomorrows PhD Oral Examination Day.
Today was also rainy, humid, and included a trip for tacos to Juan Tequilas.
Back to Mississippi today to take my Comprehensive PhD Oral Exams!
While at the MSP Airport I stopped in a bookstore and looked for Patrick Rothfuss books, as I know that he signs copies when he goes through the Airport. While I expected to find The Name of the Wind, I did not expect to find an autographed copy, but look what I found! A autographed copy!
The flights down were luckily uneventful, but my flight to Gulfport had two military dogs on it. They were incredibly well behaved and if you did not know they were there, you never would have noticed them. I said to the guy sitting next to me that they were better behaved than the most kids that fly and the guy said they were better behaved than his kids!
So back in Mississippi or as I like to refer to it, the land of the frizzy hair. Seriously the humidity, in April, is insane.