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My PhD: Summer 2016

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Remembering Dad

Remembering Dad on his death date.


New paper published!

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.

Barry and Aho


Its always wonderful to receive a new diploma in the mail, but I am sad to say the quality (paper and ink) of the physical diploma has come down over the years.

Carl J. and Dorothy L. Aho Photograph Collection, ca. 1940s

My dad donated a bunch of old photographs in his and my uncle’s name to the Alaska and Polar Regions Collections at the University of Alaska Fairbanks- Rasmuson Library back in the 1990s. The photographs are: “The Carl J. and Dorothy L Aho Photograph Collection consists of seventy-one black and white photographs. Images include aerial views, landing fields, landscapes, aircraft, military personnel, buildings, insignia and dog teams. The images were taken in Barrow and other Alaskan locations, as well as in California, and all relate to the activities of the Naval Air Transport Service.” No idea where the photos came from, family lore has it that they were given to them probably from someone in Barrow, but they were both pack rats and saved way too much junk.

The collection was to be called the Terrence and John Aho Photograph Collection, but somehow it ended up being named after my grandparents Carl J. and Dorothy L Aho. You can see the collection here: just type in “aho” into the search field.

Here are the various library records:

Fresh and squeaky!

My mom is home from the family picnic in Wisconsin and what did she bring back? CHEESE CURDS!!!!

Your Friday cat photo

A great quote by Steve Jobs

“Creativity is just connecting things…A lot of people in our industry haven’t had very diverse experiences. So they don’t have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have.” ~ Steve Jobs in Wired Magazine, February 1996

Steve may have been talking about the tech industry, but sadly you see this everywhere, in the library, in business, in life. Think different. Be different.

LT Media Lab News

I learned today that the LT Media Lab had posted “Congrats to LT’s newest M.Ed. graduates!” back on May 15, which you can view here: The department does a great LT M.Ed. showcase. I am even in a few of the photos posted, which is always fun to see. All photos and images listed below are courtesy of The LT Media Lab

4th of July party

Carole’s (aka Mom) annual 4th of July party! Lots of good food and good people.

Happy World UFO Day!

Happy World UFO Day! Yes, there really is a holiday for everything!