Let the survey (and fire eating) begin

We’re ready to launch one of our surveys in Liberia, prompting the most important activity of the research program: the survey launch party.

I’m adjusting to life as a professor, not a post-doc or grad student, and so this is the first survey party I have missed (curse you, classes). I can only enjoy the photos. Fun, but standard so far:

Wait a minute. What is this? Why is my enumerator carrying fire?

Oh no. I hope our health insurance people are not watching this.

Questions pre-tested? Check. Handheld survey computers programmed? Check. Fire-dance performed? Check.

We are ready to go.

(Bryan and Gwen: it is only with great mercy–and reluctance–that your dance contest pictures were not posted.)