Bystander Effect

Next Monday I’ll be the presenter in my doctoral seminar class. This semester the doc sem is on classic studies in psychology and education. The students, 9 of us, were given a list of topics to choose from and I chose Bystander Effect.

I came across this issue back in Malaysia when I borrowed this book titled “40 studies that changed psychology” from the UM library. I have yet to prepare for the presentation but here’s the gist of it:

Many years ago in NY, a woman by the name of Kitty Genovese was murdered on the street somewhere near her own apartment. The man took over 30 minutes to assault, rape and finally kill Kitty. This would not have been an exceptional crime in NY except that there were 38 witnesses to the crime and none of them did anything to help Kitty.

I chose this topic because I find it intriquing. I think since the time I read about this I’ve always reminded myself that I shouldn’t be a bystander and in any emergency I should be the first to take action. But things are not as simple as that. Well when I’ve finally read all the assigned articles and finished my powerpoint slides, I’ll do a summary here.

Famfest flood

Playground flood

NC4 had the famfest on saturday. Famfest is the first family event held by NC4 and about 90% of the members signed up to go. The event was held at this place called Tuscarora at the foothills at the Poconos. I was supposed to go but then the rain came and didn’t leave till the next day. Here’s a picture of the flooded playground in the backyard.

Research Forum #1

Today I attended the first research forum for this semester. Basically the research forum is where the doctoral students and professors of the Dept of Special Education gather about 3-4 times per semester. The main function of the forum is for the students to present qualifier proposals and results and get feedback from the faculty.

There seems to be fewer and fewer doc student in the dept. This year there’s only 1 new doctoral student and she’s from Russia. Only 8 doc students attended the meeting today.

I proposed my qualifier last semester and I have yet to really work on it yet.


I’ve been borrowing videotapes from the library the past 2 weeks. So far, I’ve watched

1. Eat Drink Man Woman
2. Breakfast at Tiffanys
3. Raising the Red Lantern
4. Emma
5. Children of a Lesser god

And today I borrowed
1. Godfather, the complete epic
2. To Live
3. Beaches
4. Silk Road

Any movie suggestions?

And because I took time to rewind all the videotapes at the Media Center, I missed the 7:10pm van back to Baby-ville. So that’s why I’m now here at the library to pass time till the next van which is at 8:10pm.

Where’s Baby-ville? That’s the graduate student housing area where I’m living at now. I just called it Baby-ville because the place has so many babies and pregnant moms.

Stuffing envelopes

That’s pretty much what I’ve been doing the past several weeks..preparing and sending out survey packets. These are the unseen steps towards getting a survey packet to a participant:

1. Get the surveys, business reply envelopes (BRE), and envelopes with return adddress printed at the Printing Services. I’ll send an email to Jose with all the pdf files attached and about 4 business days later I’ll get boxes of survey supplies.
2. Printing out address and coding labels. But first I have to enter all the participants info (address etc) into an excel spreadsheet, this step I did about 6 months ago. And I have to mail merge word and excel files to print out the mailing labels.
3. Photocopy invitation letters. Bringing 20lb color paper to the photocopy room. This is my only avenue of creativity in the whole survey preparation process…I get to choose the color of the paper 🙂 And then fold the invitation letter into thirds.
4. Stuffing envelopes with survey, invitation letter, and BRE.
5. Stick coding labels on the keep track of who responded and who haven’t.
6. Stick address labels.
7. Send survey packets to the Mailing Room and they’ll seal and mail the packets.

My report at the PBS meeting today:
1. 500 surveys sent out last week.
2. Another 150 surveys will be ready to be sent out soon.

So I’ve prepared 650 survey packets in about 2 weeks. That’s my rice bowl.