Update 1: Learning machine learning

As originally stated in my abstract proposal https://freshmanmonroe.blogs.wm.edu/2018/04/10/assessing-antibiotic-sentiments-online-social-media/, I will be using artificial intelligence/machine learning to help detect depression in social media. I’m very excited to work on this project as it is able to combine my two passions., helping people and computer science, into one.

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Rafael Alberti’s Poetry: First Update

After arriving to Cadiz, Spain and meeting with the organizing professor, I realized that I had to shift the scope and subject of my research. For one, I had initially planned on reading much more of his work than time actually allowed. I have now limited myself to one of his most famous poemariosEntre el clavel y la espada (Between the Carnation and the Sword), and to a short collection of poetry, Sonetos para la Diputación de Cádiz (Sonnets for the Deputation of Cadiz). The first collection represents Alberti’s works immediately after the Spanish Civil War, and the second, Alberti after a long period of exile. I own a copy of Entre el clavel y la espada, and am working on finding the sonnets, and plan on checking a rare book store this week. 

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More Research-Based Strategies for College Access Programs

 

In my last blog post, I discussed the strengths of effective college access programs for disadvantaged students. These strategies included serving entire schools, working with those not already planning to attend college, and engaging participants over a long time.

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Research in Renewable Energy: Germany vs. The United States

Germany is one of the world’s leaders in the use and research of renewable energy. The country has made aggressive efforts to cut down their usage of nuclear and fossil fuel power, while increasing the amount of energy harvested from wind, biomass, and solar sources. This movement is called energiewende, meaning energy transition, and scientists say this sort of energy revolution is necessary in order to avoid a climate crisis. The United States, while also investing in renewable energy, has not reached the level of global leadership that Germany has. This research answers how, and why, Germany and the United States differ in their approach and success to alternative energy sources by examining both German and American research papers. This project compares the rationale behind the research of each experiment, as well as the implications of the results, to see whether any differences between the countries become evident.

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