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Faculty Adventures in Cyberspace!

In this column we ask SPEA faculty members to describe their relationship to the Internet, e-mail, and related gadgetry. This month we go online with SPEA assistant professor Nicole Quon.

quonWhat are your favorite work-related Web sites and why do you like them?
My most important work-related Web site is e-mail! I also like the Kaiser Family Foundation (www.kff.org) and the National Center for Health Statistics (www.cdc.gov/nchs/) Web sites. Both produce many reports and tables that keep me up to date on health issues. I also read the Health section of the New York Times (www.nytimes.com).

Where do you go on the Internet for fun?
I enjoy television, but I often do not have time! So I like to read the recaps on www.televisionwithoutpity.com. I also read the Sunday magazine of the New York Times. And I shop online, especially at www.bananarepublic.com and www.expedia.com.
 
How has your work life changed as a result of the Internet and e-mail?
Well, I’m part of a generation that grew up with technology, so I have been using the Internet and e-mail since high school! So my work life has not changed.
 
Do you have any other gadgets such as a PDA or BlackBerry? 
I have an iPod.

How are you using the Internet to connect with your classes? 
I use the OnCourse Web site (https://oncourse.iu.edu) to post lecture materials, assignments, readings, grades, and announcements. I also use the Internet to quickly download the most recent copies of reports so that I can present current information during my lectures.
 
What’s the one Web site, academic or not, that you can’t live without?
www.google.com.

Nicold Quon specializes in health policy and health politics, the influence of politics and science on decisionmaking at federal agencies, and how perceptions of access and quality of care within health care institutions are shaped by patient knowledge and market forces.


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