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Biometrics: Automated Unobtrusive Measures

Bush et al. (2020) described qualitative researchers as primary instruments who investigate real-life events or problems. In addition, reflexivity is defined as the possibility of the occurrence of researcher bias at any time during a study. It is suggested that researchers incorporate methods to address researcher bias and remain neutral, as well as objective throughout the investigation to ensure the quality and credibility of the study. For example, direct observation requires informed consent for all voluntary participants. In addition, the investigator should inform the participants of their right to opt out of the study at any time.

In contrast, Connelly (2017) described unobtrusive measures as indirect observations that take place in real-life situations without the permission of the individuals who are under surveillance (possibly violating individual rights to privacy). Further, unobtrusive measures permit investigators to gather data while individuals are unaware and nonreactive. The use of unobtrusive measures combined with technology is becoming more prevalent in various aspects of everyday life in the form of biometrics.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, law enforcement, the National Institute of Standards and Technology discuss how biometrics has evolved. Biometrics is also used in e-commerce and airports. However, there are risks involved with using biometrics.


Bloomberg. (2014, October 31). Killing the need for passwords with biometrics.

Bush, A. A., Amechi, M., & Persky, A. (2020). Qualitative research in pharmacy education: An exploration of pharmacy education researchers’ perceptions and experiences conducting qualitative research. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 84(3), 334–344.,sso&db=a9h&AN=142856738&site=ehost-live&custid=s8876422

Connelly, L. M. (2017). Understanding research. Unobtrusive Measures. MEDSURG Nursing, 26(1), 59–61.,sso&db=a9h&AN=121353517&site=ehost-live&custid=s8876422

Financial Times. (2016, November 4). Banking biometrics: Hacking risk: Personal finance.

Homeland Security. (2019). Biometrics. United States Department of Homeland Security.

National Institute of Standards and Technology. (2010, March 2). Key to security: Biometric Standards.

Wall Street Journal. (2019, August 15). How facial recognition will get you to your gate faster.

Washington Post. (2019, April 30). Police are using Amazon’s facial recognition technology: Privacy experts are worried.

UIC’s Math at Home: Toddlers Master Math

UIC’s Math at Home: Toddlers Master Math!

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) has a Math at Home website that supports age appropriate math mastery for children from birth to five years old. Parents and early childhood educators can browse the many lessons, videos and other math resources that are designed just for infants and toddlers. However, if you are curious and would like to learn more about early childhood math skills, feel free to explore the website!

The Scholarship of Dr. W. E. B. DuBois

Dr. W. E. B. DuBois
Born: February 23, 1868
Died: August 27, 1963

William Edward Burghardt DuBois was born on February 23, 1868. He began his journey as a scholar in 1884 when he graduated from high school. Sadly, his mother passed away in 1885. Nevertheless, from 1886 until 1887, DuBois continued to develop as a scholar and he taught in rural Alexandria, Tennessee. He completed a BA degree at Fisk University in 1888. He continued his scholarly journey at Harvard University where he earned a BA cum laude in philosophy in 1890.

DuBois continued his scholarly journey at Harvard University and earned a MA in history in 1891, as well as a PhD in history in 1895. Further, he published his doctoral thesis in 1896 and published The Souls of Black Folk in 1903. The scholarship of Dr. W. E. B. DuBois continues to enlighten and inspire many scholars globally today! Click here to listen to the audio book.

Chicago Museum Free Days 2020

Chicago’s museum campus

Chicago’s museums are fun, educational, and innovative places to visit!

Art Institute of Chicago

111 South Michigan Avenue
FREE admission to Illinois residents
Wednesdays (5 pm-8 pm)
(312) 443-3600

Chicago History Museum

1601 North Clark Street
FREE admission to Illinois residents
Tuesdays (2 pm-9 pm)
(312) 642-4600

Clarke House Museum

1827 South Indiana Avenue
FREE admission Wednesdays,
Fridays, and Saturdays
Tours limited to 15 people
(1 pm and 2:30 pm)
First come, first served
(312) 326-1480

DePaul Art Museum

935 West Fullerton Avenue
FREE admission all year round
(773) 326-7506

DuSable Museum of African American History

740 East 56th Place
FREE admission Tuesdays all year
(773) 947-0600

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Money Museum

230 South LaSalle Street
FREE admission all year
(312) 322-2400

Field Museum

1400 South
Lake Shore Drive
FREE admission, February 1-29
Additional dates TBA
(312) 922-9410

Museum of Science and Industry

5700 South Lake Shore Drive
FREE admission February 3-6, 10-13, 18-20, 24-27
(773) 684-1414

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