The History, Function, and Significance of Semaphore Telegraph Towers – Update 1

     Over the past two weeks, I have consulted various sources concerning optical telegraph systems, ranging from technical diagrams and close-up photographs to philosophical analysis of communication and comparisons to ancient and modern technologies.

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Repeat Photography and Glacial Shrinkage in Glacier National Park (Update 2)

I have now been in Montana for a few days, and I have finished taking photos for my repeat photography (see my last post for the photos I am recreating). For the duration of my trip, visibility has been hampered by wildfires. Saturday night, three wildfires started in Glacier National Park, and they have further reduced visibility and caused a major closure in the park.

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Combining Magic Realism with Psychedelic Art

I began my research project this summer with the intention of creating a realistic scene of nature with magical, unrealistic aspects. I wanted to paint a scene that had meaning in my imagination so that I could embed some interesting images from my imagination. This idea changed, however, when I visited Seattle, Washington in June. Seattle is a vibrant city with a rich culture centered around art and expression. Many buildings in the university district had giant murals painted on them. This is where I became interested in psychedelic art. These paintings were so colorful and mind boggling because they brought to life a whole other world that lies deep within a person’s mind. These artist were able to create a visual that allowed onlookers to  experience the sights, smells, sounds and feelings of hallucination. I thought about what this type of art would look like in the genre of magic realism. When I returned home I did some research and found an artist who created paintings very similar to what I had in mind. Hannah Yata is a psychedelic, surreal painter and her work exemplifies an explosion of colors and characters that keep your eyes wandering around and finding new things. I have taken a lot of inspiration from her work and I would like to learn more about how to create eye grabbing paintings like hers.

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Socioeconomic Determinants of Oral Health

Since posting my initial research plan in the spring, further reading has convinced me to slightly adjust my topic. While I was originally set out to uncover the reasons why some people feel uncomfortable at the dentist, I stumbled upon a much larger and perhaps more obvious problem: it’s not that most individuals don’t want to go to the dentist, it’s that many of them cannot go to the dentist. According to a recent study of the National Health Interview Survey, the main cause for adults to avoid the dentist is cost: over 40% of the surveyed population could not afford treatment or had no insurance, whereas only 10% of adults cited fear as the reason they had no recent dental visit. Certain populations within the United States are facing a serious disparity in accessibility to quality oral healthcare; many individuals either lack dental insurance and cannot afford it or don’t have access to a health center offering affordable services.

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