Abstract: Socioeconomic Status and its Impact on Child Health

This research aims to investigate the correlation between socioeconomic status and child health through a literature review. The literature review explores the determinants of health, and how inequalities in these determinants create disparities in child health among populations. Using the information found in the literature review, health data from Rochester, New York is applied to achieve a more local and small-scale context. Photos from different areas around Rochester are also used to visibly display the disparities and assets in the community. This topic is relevant on a large scale because this problem does not just affect residents of Rochester. Health disparities created by socioeconomic status can be found in everywhere in the United States. 

The Magic of Realism: An Exploration of the Technique Behind Magical Realism

ABSTRACT: For my research I hope to explore and further understand the artistic genre of magic realism. This is a genre of art that expresses a primarily realistic view of the world while also incorporating magical and dreamlike elements. Specifically, I want to discover a technique that produces the most successful magic realism oil painting in terms of composition, craftsmanship and creativity. I will test the effects of painting from life while incorporating fictional elements from my imagination versus painting a scene completely from my memory and imagination. I would like to find the perfect world that exists between dreams and reality.

A Literature Review on Identity, Humor, and Offense: Exploring and Understanding Cards Against Humanity

ABSTRACT: I plan to explore how various aspects of one’s identity–e.g. age, gender, sexuality, race, etc–inform and influence one’s sense of humor as well as one’s sensibility. More specifically, I will conduct a literature review wherein I compile the most relevant scholarly work across several fields on the subject–including humor studies, psychology, and sociology. Finally, I will use the popular party game Cards Against Humanity (CAH) as a connecting focal point for my research. Cards Against Humanity, i.e. “a party game for horrible people”, asks players to choose the funniest punchline from a set of cards to complete a given setup or prompt–the result is oftentimes a dirty, dark, or satirical joke. As players confront controversial cards, they are forced to decide what is funny and what is simply offensive. Subsequently, each player must define their sense of humor, their sensibility, and their identity amidst a social group. At the same time, players must be mindful of the particular humors, sensibilities, and identities of others in the group. For that reason, CAH is an excellent medium through which to research the interplay of these three factors. This piece of research is an essential first step in moving towards an understanding of the fascinating social phenomenon that is Cards Against Humanity.

Defining Modern Terrorism and Resisting Stereotypes

Due to recent incidents, the word “terrorism” has been plastered on countless headlines and news articles, regardless if the subsequent story fits the actual definition of the abhorrent crime.  In order for a crime to truly be terroristic in intent, it must be politically motivated.  Many of the terrible, heart-breaking mass shootings that have been so prevalent in recent events cannot be considered terrorism, despite being falsely identified as such in everything from news sources to Twitter posts.  Throughout this research, a case by case examination will be given, analyzing these crimes and discussing whether or not they can be categorized as terrorism.  It is essential for the general public to become more educated on this topic, as terrorist organizations tend to claim these acts in the name of fear-mongering – they are able to maintain a greater presence in the United States by taking ownership of mass shootings, bombings, etc.  Furthermore, it is important for people to understand that, although much of terrorism is deemed “Islamic terrorism,” it is not in any way a representation of true Islamic values.