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225-It's Podcast Friday! Presenting the "Story behind the Study" with Dr. George Cunningham and diversity in sport

Every study has an untold story behind it and as part of our regular podcast series, we want to bring you those stories. Today we have Dr. George Cunningham back who is in our Sport Management department. He focuses on diversity in sport and we are very glad to have him back to speak about one of his most memorable studies!

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Kevin Hughes
# Kevin Hughes
Friday, September 29, 2017 2:31 PM
Aloha Doc Tim, and Doc Cunningham,

My favorite part of this podcast was the opening moments: "Rejection." Yep. Failure leads to success. Of course I liked the "recipe" for success talked about in rest of the podcast: Diversity alone won't get results- you need strategies too; and for lack of a better term- good people make a good system.

Who knew there were measurable metrics in something as nebulous sounding as "diversity?" I loved that they not only found, but utilized a methodology that quantified such a general sounding term. Way to go Doc!

Still, the opening talk about rejection of papers, research, and the editing process- fascinated me. 10% to 15% of studies get published, and the subtle mention that those selected have been heavily edited for both style and content; wow.

I hope that folks got that message that it takes really good work to make it into a journal, paper, or magazine- sloppy just won't cut it. I also hope nobody listening missed the other "hidden" point: failure does not stop good Science, or good Scientists- they just keep doing the work.

It reminded me of that old Hubert Humphrey anecdote:

When Hubert was a Thesis Advisor for Doctoral Candidates he would take the Students Thesis for a "first read". Only he wouldn't read it at all. He would simply put a note on it : "Is this really the best you can do?"

The student would rewrite the draft. Turn it back in to Hubert. Hubert would wait a couple of days before handing it back with another cryptic note on it: "Are all these words necessary? "

The Student would take the Thesis home, comb every inch for places to be more concise, brief, or anywhere where words could be dropped for clarity. Once again turning their Thesis back into Hubert.

The Student would get the Thesis back in a week or so, with yet another little note: "Are you sure you want this to be your Final Draft?"

The exhausted Student would furiously review, ruthlessly edit, and slash unnecessary verbiage, charts, examples, or indexes, until the Thesis was as tight and well written as they could get it. Once again turning it into Hubert for his study.

Hubert would confront the exhausted Doctoral Candidate personally:

"Has everything been corrected and edited...this time?"

"Doctor Humphrey, I have tried three times to turn my best work in. I can't find anything else I could fix, edit, delete, or change. "

"Okay, I will read it now. " LOL

Smiles, Kevin
Tim Lightfoot
# Tim Lightfoot
Friday, September 29, 2017 4:30 PM
Awww man! You're giving away our secrets in graduate school! 😀
Kevin Hughes
# Kevin Hughes
Friday, September 29, 2017 4:38 PM
LOL. Sorry! Smiles, Kevin
Kevin Hughes
# Kevin Hughes
Friday, September 29, 2017 4:40 PM
LOL. Sorry! Smiles, Kevin

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