The path to becoming a doctor is littered with distractions. I’d like to thank those distractions for making me the person I am

I would like to thank many people who have helped me through the completion of this dissertation. The first is my advisor, Steve Harrison, who is captivating, honest, and the true embodiment of a mentor. In combination with the mentorship of my advisor, I am blessed to work with dynamic and intelligent committee members Dr. Dennis Kafura, Dr. D. Scott McCrickard, Dr. Enid Montague, and Dr. Deborah Tatar. I would also like to thank the Computer Science Department at Virginia Tech and ADVANCE NSF for funding my time at Virginia Tech. Peggy Layne, who worked with me at ADVANCE was a brilliant and insightful mentor Additionally the mentorship of Victoria Bellotti, Oliver Brdiczka, Tara Matthews, and Tom Moran was instrumental to me during my internships, and their continued advice is invaluable.

This work was not completed in a vacuum. I worked with many brilliant students who broadened the value of the work: Laura Agnich, Monika Akbar, Aubrey Baker, Stacy Branham, Tom Dehart, Zalia Shams, and Edgardo Vega. Working with each of these students has been a gift that went much further than just completing work that needed to be done. Working with them expanded the value of the work. I appreciated each and every minute they spent with the data and (more important) with me.

I am thankful for and would like to acknowledge many others who helped me along the way: my father, Richard Hobby, who proofed many of my papers; my friends and family for late night phone calls; and my colleagues for bouncing ideas with me. This includes, but is not limited to Julia Hobby, Rich Hobby, Laura Harty, Elaine Hobby, Jason Lee, Shahtab Wahid, Tejinder Judge, Rishi Pande, Ross Goddard, Bobby Beaton, Sarah Peck, Kim Gausepohl, Kelly Meredith, Michael Evans, Jamika Burge, Manas Tungare, Ben Congleton, Pardha Pyla, Manuel Perez, Megan Beavers, Jocelyn Casto, Uma Murthy, Mara de Silva, Jon Howarth, Theresa Blanchard-Klunk, Sirong Lin, Joon Lee, Susan Wyche, Promita Chakraborty, Michael Stewart, the Garcoskis, Ben Hanrahan, Yeong-Tay Sun, Caitlin Sadowski, Alexandra Holloway, and Rex Hartson.

I am beyond grateful to all of my participants who were not paid to participate in the project. The people who participated in my study were generous with their time in a way that I can never repay.

Cameron Vega, my son, thank you for reorienting my life.

There are many neglected people and groups that are involved in the completion of a Ph.D. that I would like to acknowledge. I would like to thank Meg Kurdziolek for starting a dissertation writing group. I would like to thank all the amazing women in the front office in the Computer Science Department who calm me down when I express a complete lack of knowledge about paperwork, protocol, and procedures. I would like to thank my music library for the writing trances that helped complete each chapter. The group Horse Feathers has been specifically amazing. I would like to thank my university library for access to the many books and articles that influences how I think. The also sometimes purchased books that were relevant to my dissertation. I’d like to thank all the people who provided feedback when I presented posters and talked about my research at conferences. I’ve also received numerous scholarships, which have allowed me to travel to said conferences. Thanks for supporting a poor graduate student.

Being a woman in computer science has, in part, made me the woman I am. I’d like to thank the Anita Borg Institute and all the women who have been, and will continue to be, in the Virginia Tech Association for Women in Computing for the continual support. To complement that last comment, last, thanks to all the men in computer science who gave me explicit and implicit warnings that, as a woman, I couldn’t cut it. You enrage my inner feminist (read: “bitch”). Thanks for making me push myself harder.

The path to becoming a doctor is littered with distractions. I’d like to thank those distractions for making me the person I am.

Contributor: @LadyLaurian

Source: Vega, L (2011) Security in Practice: Examining the Collaborative Management of Sensitive Information in Childcare Centers and Physicians’ Offices. PhD, Virginia Tech, Computer Science.


Mum – it might all have been worth it in the end!

I  would like to take this opportunity to thank a few people who have made the process of writing this dissertation somewhat easier during the past year.

Firstly, I would like to thank my supervisor, Dr. William Webster, for being patient, encouraging and supportive. Also for giving me lots of valuable advice that has certainly made this project a lot easier to complete.

Thank you to Topshop and Stirling University Library for allowing me to use them as case studies for this project.

To Catherine and Amber for taking part in the study, you helped me out a lot. Thank you.

To Justine, who has managed to keep me smiling through the hardest parts of this process and who I will always be grateful for, thank you.

Thank you to Doug, Ash and Jeff – our days out and banter has meant a lot to me and has kept my social life alive during this (somewhat isolating) process.

My friends have been a constant support and have kept me sane through the last few months: Thanks to Amy, Stuart, Gillian, Ailsa, Craig, John, Fiona, Christine, Adam M and Adam RF.

To Will and Debbie for providing me with very sound advice and endless support on the other side of a screen. Thank you.

To Niall, thank you. For absolutely nothing.

Thanks to Kyle, Sam and Rachel. Just because.

And finally, thank you to my parents, Mandy and John. Their endless support has meant more to me than I could possibly express and will be forever grateful to them for their assistance, comforting words and lovely hugs. Mum – it might all have been worth it in the end!

“What’s next?”

President Josiah Bartlet – The West Wing.

Contributor: @lornypoppins

Source: BA (Hons) Business Studies, Stirling University

The most influential group of people I will ever know, and they have made me the man I am today

It seems redundant to observe how lengthy a process developing a doctoral thesis can be; more significant is acknowledgement of those people whose support has allowed these last four years at the University of Toronto travel as smoothly as they have.

First, I would like to thank the two institutions who accepted my scholarship and invited me to develop it within their auspices.  The University of Western Australia was the site of my true awakening of love for Shakespeare and drama; the University of Toronto provided the means to develop and extend my exploration in such ways that I had not dreamed possible.  I would like to thank the administration staff at the Graduate Centre for Study of Drama, particularly John Astington, whose support was critical to my transferring over to the DC, along with the patient guidance of Stephen Johnson, Luella Massey, Bruce Barton, Paula Sperdakos, and Rob Moses.  I was lucky enough to take two research trips during the course of my PhD studies.  The fantastically helpful staff at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C. made the process of digging through prompt-books and Olivier’s personal documents as joyous as I had hoped.  Zoë Wilcox and the rest of the staff at the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain’s Waterloo Archive graciously allowed me extended access to Richard Eyre’s production information, and were always patient and helpful with all of my endless queries.

My friends, both in Perth and Toronto, have been hugely influential on my life over the process of writing this dissertation, and are far too numerous to mention their roles individually, but a list of names might suffice: Rochelle Côté; Chris Jackman; Patrick Robinson; Gabrielle Sugar; Dom O’Kane; Colette Gordon; Guillermo Verdecchia; Jo Jackson; James Bradshaw; Cillian O’Hogan; Lindsey Eckert; Carolyn Black; Sally-Beth MacLean; Iris Turcott; Jeremy Smith.  Two personal heroes need to be acknowledged: Kenneth Branagh, who showed me that text editing was much more than a foregone conclusion, and Charles Marowitz, who showed me that such cuts can change the game forever.  Garrick, Olivier, and McKellen, of course, hold a position of highest admiration in my heart, and much to my surprise, Cibber has taken his place of esteem alongside them throughout this process.

My supervisory committees, who span two continents, are among the most influential people in my life, and it is no exaggeration to say that I would not have stayed focused for so long without the input of Jill Levenson and Chris Wortham.  Both have had a monumental impact on me academically and personally, and to have two legends of the field show such care and expend such personal energy on my work has been truly humbling.  They have taught me well, and I trust I can carry on their examples.  My committee members, John Astington, Linda Hutcheon, and Bob White have all supported me every step of the way, and their care at proofing endless chapters has been critical to my progress.  In the lead-up to the final defence, Rob King and Charlie Keil graciously lent me their insight into cinema theory at the suggestion of my wonderful external examiner, Barbara Hodgdon: many thanks to you all.

I leave my family to last because they stand as the most influential group of people I will ever know, and they have made me the man I am today.  My sister Georgia, Grandmothers Noni and Nana, and siblings-in-law Kate, Mary, and Rob, have always loved me unconditionally, and it is with daunted humbleness that I thank you with all my heart.  My mother- and father-in-law, Jean Lashley and Jim Logue, have welcomed me into the fold over the last ten years and have made the six years since emigration a joyous process and I truly feel like I am family.  As for my parents, some of the most important lessons of my life have come from Jo and Mick Malone, and for that I am forever grateful.  My mum always told me that creatively visualising the things you really want will make them come true, so for the last four years I have visualised finishing my formal education with distinction.  My dad always told me to “never die wondering” and that “you can’t be selected if you’re not there at the end”: these pieces of advice have become something of a mantra in all aspects of my life, and particularly through grad school.

It is with infinite gratitude that I dedicate this work to my beloved parents.

Finally, of course, is my rock, my inspiration, my world: without my wife, Meg, none of this would ever have been possible.  At the dark times when we questioned whether emigrating was the right thing, when we realised just how little time we’d known each other before we married, when I decided that my acting career was over, when catastrophic rugby injuries threatened the really important things, Meg was always there, and always supported me unconditionally.  To have a woman of such infinite talent and dynamism put her own professional career on hold to support the dreams of the man she’s married is a powerful thing, and I have striven every day to live up to that.  Our family has expanded this month to include our beloved son Cormac: our old five-year plan is complete, and the next adventure has begun.  I am blessed to be able to share it with such a magnificent woman.

Contributor: Toby Malone
Source: Malone, T (2009) “Hast Thou Been Tampering?” Dramaturgical Adaptation and Richard III, PhD,University of Toronto