Profiling for Good Blog

Entry 03: The Cave Johnson School of Statistics

posted Nov 19, 2012, 7:43 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Nov 19, 2012, 7:43 AM by Brad Kohl ]

Hello readers! Patrick Curoe here, with new news in the field of statistics. 

Well, not really, nothing's really new, but everything proceeds as normal. Which is good. The survey has more work done to it, I start sending emails by the bevy (a unit of measurement associated with metric kilotonnes), and I begin construction of the stick of statistical science to wave at things. And that is the reason for the title of this post by the way. Because Cave Johnson, investors.

Also, yesterday, I spoke on a panel about being a child of my decidedly unique parentage (half-god, half-dragon, five-sevenths Queerspawn) at PFLAG. (Parents and Friends of Lesbians And Gays, which really should be something like PAFOLAG if they are capitalizing the A, but I digress.) So if you happen to have a time machine you have not started marketing for the vast amounts it would take in, (and the Science! that could be done by messing up the timeline) you can go back and time and watch me shamelessly make jokes while my mother tries to shut me up. Great entertainment, that.

Pointless self-advertising aside, now you know what goes on in the gay rights front of my life, where I try so very hard to be fair and balanced, despite the considerable difficulties I have not being lesbspawn at people. On reflection, I suppose that turns me into some kind of BGLT-friendly Fox News. There's a comforting thought.

Patrick Curoe. We're done here.*

*bonus points and a potato if you got that.

Entry 02: Conference Acceptance Letter and Survey

posted Nov 14, 2012, 6:50 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Nov 14, 2012, 6:52 AM by Brad Kohl ]

First off, I have some pretty good news. The following will hopefully, with some minor changes, appear in the program for the PFLAG Safe Schools Conference this January: It's pretty cool.

Profiling for Good:  Identifying Hotspots for GLBT Bullying Before it Happens

Patrick Curoe, Justin Anderson, Brad Kohl

Patrick Curoe, Student Researcher; Justin Anderson, OutFront Minnesota Safe Schools Initiative; Brad Kohl, Breck School Advanced Mathematics Research


Patrick Curoe is taking a new approach to GLBT bullying - Stop it before it starts!  Through surveys and demographic research, Patrick is creating a predictive model of communities and schools in Minnesota where GLBT bullying is likely to occur.  Working with the Safe Schools Initiative at OutFront Minnesota, this model will be used to proactively target educational resources.  Learn how create and implement a similar model, and how you can Profile for Good!

It's pretty cool. But it's also fairly intimidating, as January's coming up pretty fast, and that means I need to kick the "Profiling for Good" thing into high gear. Thank goodness college apps are in, really. Which brings me, in a circuitous and unconnected manner, to my second point, which is that the survey is in processing. Again. However, now that we have secured a copy of the GLESN school survey from 2012, it's a whole lot simpler to write up so that statistics can be done to it with more accuracy. Yes, I am aware that statistics are not a large blunt tool made of wood that can be waved around while shouting "Science!" like some cheap Cave Johnson ripoff, but I enjoy the thought of statistic-ing at things. 

Either way, good news. the project progresses and gets people somewhat exited about it.  

Entry 01: A Long-Delayed Blog Entry

posted Nov 7, 2012, 7:14 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Nov 7, 2012, 7:14 AM by Brad Kohl ]

Hello Internets! 

First off, The amendement got defeated. That's great. Really. And it gives me nice new shiny possibly relavant statistics to work with. (Yay.) And isn't messing things up by being another interfering factor. (Yay.) But at this point, we really shouldn't get too excited. There's still work to be done, and, although I'm not exactly known for my nature as a workhorse, even I know not to get too distracted from the ultimate goal(s) of the Gay Rights Movement.

Yay for fair and balanced nonpartisanship.

That said, we, which is to say Mr. Kohl and I, have been accepted to present at the National Service Learning Showcase with the NSLC. It's actually kind of a success.

And, of course, the survey is almost out. We have a first draft, at least. Maybe 'almost out' is a bit of an exaggeration. Details, details.

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