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Tag: Victorian Theses

October 6, 2008

Dr Peter Manglethwaite is conducting a study on the sociology of defecation in the Occident. He aims to identify trends regarding the act of taking a shit from antiquity to today. “It’s really interesting,” Manglethwaite explains, “seeing how the social connotations of defecation have changed over time.”

September 29, 2008

Chris Aitken is studying the effects of powerlessness and fatalism in relation to climate change. He seeks to ask whether people will change their actions in an effort to prevent climate change, or whether the enormity of the problem and tragedy of the commons nature of the issue leads to individuals deciding not to make […]

September 22, 2008

Kimberly Andrews is a Master’s student in the School of Geography, Environment and Earth sciences, and her thesis is studying the possibility of a supernova playing a part in the formation of the solar system.

September 8, 2008

Jasmine Freemantle is in her final year of a PhD in Gender and Women’s Studies. Her thesis examines how women’s activism has been constructed and subsequently represented in New Zealand print media. Jasmine’s thesis covers the period 1890 to 1981, and specifically focuses on three political campaigns: the campaign for women’s suffrage (1890- 1893), the […]

September 1, 2008

Stealing is for suckers This week’s ‘Victorian Theses’ is a double dose of lame. I would have two really interesting theses to talk about, but some fucker stole my mp3 player from KK207 on 19 August. So if you know anyone with a new pink DSE mp3 player filled with music they don’t listen to: […]

August 11, 2008

Stacey Dravitzki is studying towards a PhD in meteorology looking at predicting short and long term weather patterns in the Waikato. Her research is funded by Mighty River Power Ltd, and predicts rainfall. Her research is teamed with a second researcher, who models how rainfall affects the level of the Waikato River.

August 4, 2008

You know when someone sends you an email with “my thesis of awesome” in the subject line it’s going to be something special. Pippa Ström talks about her MA thesis in classics.

July 28, 2008

Greg Haslett is doing a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry. He is researching the molecular cause of asthma, attempting to build upon previous research and identify the particular glycoprotein that causes an asthmatic reaction in humans.

July 7, 2008

Stephanie Fisher is doing her Master’s thesis on the impact of the media on society’s perception of crime. Her study is carried out by providing subjects with one of two questionnaires presenting offending from two opposing standpoints. The offender is presented to the respondent as either a ‘moral stranger’ or ‘fellow traveller’, and Fisher is […]

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