Research frustrations

I have finished compiling all of my research and am now just waiting for Dr. Prakash to respond to my interview questions via e-mail.  I tried to call her in India one night last week (there is a 12 1/2 hour time difference), but all the lines were busy and I couldn’t get through.  She had promised to answer my questions last Friday, but as of today (Tuesday evening) she still hasn’t returned the questionnaire.   While I think I have enough information to complete my report, I am really hoping to include more about her personal life experience as a female inventor in India.  I just don’t feel my project will be complete with her insight!

On a positive note, she did send me a bunch of great photos which will really enhance the visual aspect of my report.  I was also able to interview a retired professor from OSU’s Agricultural Research department to get some clarification on the technical aspects of Dr. Prakash’s invention.  I feel I have a good grasp of Glass Bead Liquid Culture Technology.

I have been frustrated with my inability to get current statistics about women and technology in India.  I was hoping to find out how many women are graduating from college with science and technology degrees.  I wrote to over 10 Indian universities to ask for their most recent graduation statistics, but no one responded.  I was able to find a little bit of information online, but not as much as I had hoped.


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