Hedonic Price Models and Cell Towers

I continue writing my thesis chapter on hedonic price modeling as applied to cell tower sites near homes. It has become so very clear that hedonic price modeling has extremely limited utility in this context because of data limitations.  HPM also has severe political problems that are tough to overcome.

I’m enjoying the chapter.

I never thought I would say that.



Hoping to defend in August

With all that’s been happening in my family life over the past 2 1/2 months, I’ve been pushed by from completing my thesis on time.  That’s life, and I accept what is for doing what I needed to do when I needed to do it.

Now, my goal is to finish in August so I can graduate (actually, be hooded) at the end of September.

It seems doable, especially with the encouragement from my Cohort, Professor Estrella-Luna, and members of prior cohorts including Dr. Hustus (who should update his Linked In page to reflect his new title).



New England Political Science Association (NEPSA)

(l-r: Jonathan Kramer, Michelle Puhlick, Edward Kammerer, Ph.D.  Photo: Darin Detwiler.)

Last Saturday (April 23, 2015) I had the privilege of presenting  the New England Political Science Association (NEPSA) Annual Meeting.  My presentation was on some of the preliminary findings to be reported in my thesis later this year. The NESPA meeting was held in Newport, Rhode Island.


Family or Thesis – An easy choice

About 5 weeks ago a significant and negative family event occurred that has forced me to refocus my priorities.  The on-schedule completion and defense of my thesis has had to take a backseat to the family event, but family must come first in situations like ours.

I’m hoping that I’ll defend in June, but more likely it will be July.



Grades for Winter 2016 Posted. I don’t care.

I’ve just received the grades for the Winter 2016 quarter, which ended at 23:59:59 on Sunday, April 2, 2016.  As I have promised for transparency purposes, I’ve posted them to the left side of this screen…scroll down if you’re interested.

I am not interested…anymore.

Huh?  I don’t care about my grades?

The reality now is that the real grade for me will come during the first week in September, when I’m officially notified whether my thesis is accepted in final form and I have successfully defended it.  There’s no guarantee of either or both, so I cannot lose sight of what’s vital…finishing up the writing and getting the defense completed and behind me.

Okay, to be fully honest, I do care about my grades, but that’s my pride speaking.  I’m glad that I’ve meet the high standards set by the institution, so far, and I’ll be happy when my final grades are posted.  But I’ll be a lot happier when I get the official letter from Northeastern saying that I should stop by for the doctoral hooding later that month.

That’s the only grade that counts, now.



Finishing up the Winter 2016 Quarter…Thesis Time

I’m (way) behind on my writing timetable.  Who would have thought it would take longer than planned to write a thesis?  No, not me.  Yeah. Not me.

Pages don’t write themselves.  It takes fingers on keys to make the magic happen.  That’s that magic I’m working on.

Talking with some of my Cohort members, I’m not alone.  We use the discussion boards to push and pull each other along.  I don’t know where I’d be without the support and encouragement of those 15 friends and colleges as we face our final quarter together, starting in, ah, 2 hours and 46 minutes.

I should be able to post my grades for the almost completed quarter later this week.

Time passes.


On the passing of Justice Scalia

justice_scalia_20160215No, I have no special connection to the last Justice Scalia.  No, I was not a big fan of his opinions (and, more accurately, his many dissents).  However, I learned long ago to read his opinions and dissents.  He was a brilliant legal scholar, a literate writer, and a debater to be feared.

Over the past couple of years in the DLP program, we studied many of Justice Scalia’s dissents and opinions.  The dissents were always more fun.

Here are some links to quotes from the great mind, now silenced.






Plan B from Outer Space

Okay, then, things are changing.  Like my thesis. I have to ponder a different reality, but one thing is for sure: Neenah Estrella-Luna, Ph.D. was right. The thesis you write may not be the one you planned to write.

Yeah, I’m down with that.

More later.