The research symposium on Wednesday was really great. It made me feel pride for NWU and our students. So many people presented and sometimes even more than once! It makes me proud to know that I go to a University that is able to encourage growth and these types of skills in all of its students. Not until this year, did I truly realize how special NWU is as well as the faculty. So thanks for that. Anyway, I went to a ton of presentations but specifically two I will talk about for this class.
The first was Grant Riekenberg whom I love and who presented on Remittances leading to development. His presentation was chalk-full of information and quite dense but applicable and somewhat interesting. I learned about what remittances are, how they’re affecting the world, what countries see high levels of them, and that it appears that they do lead to development. He analyzed 114 developing countries and determined that remittances increase as life expectancy increases, remittances increase as industrial development increases, and that remittances increase as primary enrollment in schools increases. Who knew that the money individuals are sending back home can really make a difference, but it makes sense. We didn’t really talk specifically about remittances in our class but it is totally relevant to globalization since the people sending back the money are in other countries. Also the fact that they’re abroad, is helping other countries grow and develop.
The second was presented by Taleigh Hansen who presented on Globesity. While her presentation was much shorter than Grant’s (6min), she brought up interesting points. Her hypothesis was that as globalization increases so to will obesity. She had a few theories to explain this such as the Globesity theory, which is that globalization allows people to share their cultures and thus things like McDonalds. The second theory she mentioned was the Modernization theory which refers to, in her case, specifically the nutrition transition. It’s important that as a country develops, it continues to educate its population on nutrition and health. The US tells us what nutrition is but doesn’t tell us very well how to manage it, etc which is perhaps why the US is so thick. Even the WHO called it an epidemic. She found that both GDP per capita and globalization are significant variables in obesity. These results are not surprising but I want to know more about how to solve the problem of globesity which she did not address. This presentation also correlates with our class since we’ve covered globalization briefly and if the world powers are obese, it makes sense, that as we push our ways onto the developing world, that they too may follow in our steps and become obese because that’s how we’ve taught them.
Lots of cool presentations. Thank y’all for presenting, I know it’s hard work and nerve wracking!