Spencer writes in the library, part 31: In tribute to… medical technology?

Written by: Spencer Greenhalgh

Primary Source: Spencer Greenhalgh


This episode of Spencer Writes in the Library took place Thursday, February 12th around 1:15pm.

The Spot

Where am I working today?

I decided to change things up and go to the third floor of the west wing of the library. It turns out that there are some hidden treasures up here, too, so I’ll be discovering new spots for weeks to come.

What’s a perk of this spot?

The electrical outlets at each desk are very handy.

What’s a problem with this spot?

I used to like having a “shelf” at the top of a library desk, but now that I use a stand with my laptop, I find that it kind of gets in the way.

What have I learned in this spot?


I suppose it’s not that surprising to see a particular part of the library dedicated to a person or to a cause, but it still surprised me that someone would sponsor the desk next to mine in tribute to “the profession of medical technology.”

How would I rate this spot?

4 out of 5 dentists. (Why dentists?)

The Work

What am I working on today?

I’m still waiting to hear back from a statistics consultant, so I spent some more time fiddling with my R code and collecting the data that I’ll eventually be applying my statistical tests to.

What’s the highlight from today’s work?

I couldn’t figure out an efficient way to do this with R, so I spent some time manually identifying and recording each of the 199 educational board games that I’ll be looking at for my practicum study.

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Hi there! My name is Spencer Greenhalgh, and I am a student in the Educational Psychology and Educational Technology doctoral program at Michigan State University. I came to Michigan State University with a strong belief in the importance of an education grounded in the humanities. As an undergraduate, I studied French and political science and worked as a teaching assistant in both fields. After graduation, I taught French, debate, and keyboarding in a Utah private school before coming to MSU, where I plan to study how technology can be used to help students connect the humanities with their lives. I have a particular interest in the use of games and simulations to promote ethical reasoning and explore moral dilemmas, but am eager to study any technology that can help students see the relevance of studying language, culture, history, and government.