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New programs.
New programs under consideration:

Old Dominion University
Human Factors
Location: Norfolk, VA (>2 from Richmond and >.5 hours to Virginia Beach)

Reasoning: Ergonomics has yet to spread fully west as a research based degree in America. Subsequently, the Ph D programs are relegated to East Coast areas. Also, Fox and I have recent met an extremely friendly group of people from ishtar_star's LARP group this weekend. She and I were both enamored with these folks pretty instantaneously.

Of Note:The department has a new Human Computer Interaction
and Usability Analysis lab, a state-of-the art driving simulator,
psychophysiological recording equipment, an animal lab, and other
research facilities. A close collaboration with the Virginia Modeling,
Analysis and Simulation Center provides students with opportunities to
engage in command and control simulation, surgical simulators, and
virtual reality research. The psychology faculty and graduate students
also maintain active collaborations with NASA Langley Research Center,
with Eastern Virginia Medical School, the Center for Pediatric
Research, and the Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters, and
community and government groups, such as Virginia Department of Motor
Vehicles, Department of Public Health, and Tidewater AIDS Crisis
(from APA.org)

Tentative consideration:
George Mason University -
Location: Fairfax, VA

Reasoning: Good university with many programs, some new that suggests pioneering attitude in psychological study. Looks like it "has it all."

Of Note:The Human Factors/Applied Cognitive labs include
numerous workstations for computer display and data collection, several
eyetrackers, several simulators [including a cockpit simulator] and
human electrophysiology; a Near Infrared Imaging System is planned for
the very near future. Industrial/Organizational research space includes
laboratory space for work on groups, teamwork, and leadership.
(from APa.org

Why tentative: It's located about six feet from DC, which is a very crime-ridden area. I have rarely heard good things of DC and know nothing of Fairfax. Anyone lived in DC recently?


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elenuial From: elenuial Date: June 6th, 2005 12:37 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes, NoVa gets all the money, leaving the po' trash of the gentrified parts of Virginia to try and strangle their way out of there on their own.


For what it's worth, I always liked GMU better.
abmann From: abmann Date: June 6th, 2005 03:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Had experience with VA's university system?
elenuial From: elenuial Date: June 6th, 2005 04:02 am (UTC) (Link)
I moved there when I was eight, graduated high school there, and went to two different colleges there, and have friends all over the state in various colleges. I do not however, go to school there now. I'm back in town visiting my parents and working a dull job for the summer though, since they requested it and I can't move into my apartment until closer for the academic year to start.

If you want more info on any of the schools around here, I can give it, and possibly put you in contact with a student/alumni. Lemme know.
abmann From: abmann Date: June 6th, 2005 03:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Research is showing that Fairfax is about equivalent to Madison as far as crime, cost, healthcare adn such. Seems pretty good. Much better than Norfolk by comparison.
beloitst From: beloitst Date: June 5th, 2005 08:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I spent last summer in that area. It's not crime ridden. It's a really, really NICE part of the NOVA area, actually. Sure, there are bad place to live if you're living IN the District, but Fairfax isn't one of them.

Any of the NOVA area schools you're looking at are nice.

Be careful and check prices though -- cost of living is pretty high.
beloitst From: beloitst Date: June 5th, 2005 08:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
As an aside, the NOVA area is PACKED with Hilton hotels and Hilton brand hotels, and Hilton pays better in the DC area than most others. No doubt Fox could transfer if she starts looking early enough.
lady_fox From: lady_fox Date: June 5th, 2005 10:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Very good to know... Thanks!
ocarina_justin From: ocarina_justin Date: June 15th, 2005 01:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know this entry is very old - but I feel compelled to comment anyway. Sharon and I will almost certainly be living in fairfax for the next three years as I wend my way through law school, so you'd have us nearby too. Fairfax is NOT crime ridden at all (as conan pointed out) and has pretty good food.
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