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participation in this study, so the only knowledge I had of him was characterizations from other
faculty members, staff, and students.
The second research participant, representing the School of Public Health at the health
science center, was recommended to me by several people. While these people recommended the
Nurse, I already knew her. The semester before her graduation from the health science center, the
School of Public Health had hosted an anniversary celebration. I had been on the committee
planning the celebration, and her company had purchased a table at the event. I saw her there, but
did not realize she owned the company that had purchased the table. It was not until I was
contacted by her major professor that that information suddenly made sense to me. The Nurse
had done her dissertation on living wills. She defended her dissertation on the day Terri Schiavo
had died, so the Nurse's major professor contacted me to see if media outlets would be interested
in talking with the Nurse about her findings. I initially contacted the Nurse and spoke with her
about the story. For a few days, we talked several times, scheduling times to meet with media for
interviews and photo opportunities. After that week of concentrated activity, I did not speak with
the Nurse again until I asked her to participate in this study.
The Scientist is the only participant representing the Graduate School of Biomedical
Sciences at the health science center being studied. He was also the only Latino doctoral
graduate from the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences during the 2004-2005 academic year.
I have known him for almost a year. I have known about him for much longer, because he was a
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