My friend Jeebs has just completed a master's degree program at GVSU. As one of the requirements to earning a Master of Science in Physical Therapy degree, she had to complete a group research project. She worked most of this past semester on this thesis. I made her sit down and explain it to me. It's titled "Inter-rater and Intra-rater Reliability of Slow Motion v. Real Time Rancho Los Amigos Observational Gait Analysis." (Ohh, those long titles get me all excited.) Jeebs gave me a copy so i could read the whole thing myself. The paper itself summarizes the results of a quasi-experimental study investigating the success of a standard quantitative evaluation technique of abnormalities present in the way a person walks for individuals with neurological disorders. They collected a lot of data and got some really interesting results. The paper has been submitted for publication to Physical Therapy Journal. That reminds me, i better renew my subscription.
It's really inspiring to know that the people with whom i graduated from high school are doing such impressive things. Not only Jeebs with her thesis, but also my friend Katie who wrote a chapter of a book on autism (which i got to help proofread). These things further reinforce my desire to pursue a fancy degree of my own.Posted by Matthew at May 1, 2005 09:49 PM