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SCUBA Research Paper

Discussion in 'Good Causes, Petitions and Solicitations' started by SeaTriskeLion, Jan 15, 2019.

  1. Steve_C

    Steve_C Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Raleigh, NC USA
    An important topic in many areas of Science is Citizen Science. Having thousands of volunteers create and help search data to assist and inform the experts. Exoplanets have been found with citizen science such as Zooniverse’s Exoplanet Explorers. Within the world of scuba we have the REEF program where citizen divers help create data for scientists to use.
  2. shurite7

    shurite7 Dive Shop

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: MT
    Pregnancy and diving. The vast majority of students have been told not to dive if pregnant. The reason for this is the lack of research on what the effects are on the human body and fetus are. When I became no instructor I was told the same thing. I've always wondered how accurate this was.

    As a non-trad undergrad I chose to write my English 101 research paper on this topic. The information I was able to find was quite interesting. I no longer tell my students not to dive when pregnant "due to lack of knowledge". I inform them what I learned. Rubicon, Google Scholar, DAN, and ILL were good resources for information. Other sources came from countries such as England, Canada, and Australia.

    Good luck and have fun.
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  3. tursiops

    tursiops Marine Scientist and Master Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: U.S. East Coast
    Given the instruction to "read and analyze scholarly material" I strongly suggest you NOT quote anything from Google...always go to the original sources and read and quote from there. Google -- and all forums (including ScubaBoard) -- are not "scholarly material" but rather are full of opinions stated as facts, and BS stated as facts, and BS stated as opinion so is argued incorrectly to be OK because it is "just an opinion." A second huge error found in the non-scholarly material is to assert that something is "just a theory" so it can be ignored if one chooses; in the scholarly world a "theory" is something that explains the evidence......but in forums a theory is often incorrectly conflated with "hypothesis." A third huge error found in the non-scholarly literature is to assert whether one "believes" something or not; facts -- even if controversial like vaccines, climate change, and evolution -- are not something one "believes," but rather are facts based on well-founded evidence. As Daniel Patrick Moynihan said, "Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.”

    Google IS useful in helping you find source material, which is your target. Google Scholar actually contains source material so is very useful....but make sure your references and quotes are from the sources themselves.
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  4. SeaTriskeLion

    SeaTriskeLion Angel Fish

    # of Dives: None - Not Certified
    Location: Pacific Northwest - Southeastern WA
    Thanks for the advice!

    Don't worry, for the first couple weeks of the quarter we've been learning about how to find reliable sources and how to analyze any information we find to determine its legitimacy. This is an entire course on how to write a research paper, so they've got the logistics covered. :)
  5. Doctor Rig

    Doctor Rig Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Michigan
    Yes, @SeaTriskelLion, please do keep us informed on your progress and of coarse the results! I’m excited to hear that progress and see the results! You’ve got a good start by researching possible subject matter before jumping in.
  6. JohnnyC

    JohnnyC Divemaster

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: United States
  7. BurhanMuntasser

    BurhanMuntasser Dive Charter

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Nomad
    "Diving and its affects on Marriage, sex-life and Libido"

    "PHLS" or "Post-Hyperbaric Libido Syndrome"
  8. tursiops

    tursiops Marine Scientist and Master Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: U.S. East Coast
  9. Mantra

    Mantra Barracuda

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Brisbane Australia
    Seeing you are a psych major how about the relative opinions on diving with an anxiety disorder?
  10. Esprise Me

    Esprise Me Barracuda

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Los Angeles, CA
    I gather you were being a bit flippant, but this could actually be good fodder for a critical look at research. Clickbait bots are working overtime these days generating headlines that are variations on "Breaking News: Millennials Suck," backed by some data about fewer young people buying homes or whatever, while millennials on Facebook clap back with variations on "it's the economy, stupid" or "you raised us; what does that say about you?" So yeah, maybe an analysis of conclusions drawn from incomplete data without context as it relates to kids taking up scuba or not.
    Or, yeah, that.

    I love the diving and pregnancy idea. In a similar vein, what about the lesser causes of DCS-- fatigue, dehydration, PFO, etc.?

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