In January of 2014, I traveled with a dozen students, two professors and an earnest French bus driver named Gerard to France, in order to study how innovation happens in cultures that are steeped in traditions, history and a language that is far removed from that of the United States. During the trip, we traveled up and down the countryside and visited cheese farms, a vineyard, and multiple roadside gas stations—and also visited Airbus, Dassault Systems, Michelin, and other globally operating French enterprises.
This pilot survey, conducted in fall of 2013 for a Research Methods course, looked at the motivations of contributors to the Drupal (drupal.org) open-source project. Our goal is to assess differences in motivating factors between those who contribute code and non-code contributors. To inform future research on non-contributors, we also collected open-ended data related to those who had considered contributing, but chose not to.
Emotional eating is the practice of eating in response to negative emotions, like stress or depression. A longtime problem in my own life and my family, I started my final semester at Lesley University looking at the most current research about this behavior. What I found was striking: while researchers were clear that the behavior exists, the results of several studies could not show that emotional eaters actually ate more during negative moods.