Post #1: Low Vaccination Rates in the United States and the Outbreaks they Cause

In order to improve vaccination rates and prevent diseases such as measles, it is first necessary to understand why people choose not to get vaccinated. So far, I have spent much of my time reviewing the literature surrounding anti-vaccination. I have also analyzed MMR vaccination data using R to see if there are any links between race, income level, and geographic location in MMR vaccination rates. I have decided to narrow my focus to measles and the MMR vaccine due to the differences in reasons for anti-vaccination in different vaccines.

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Update #1: An Idea of Scale– Big Pharma in America

I am a little over a third done my research this summer and need to provide a much-needed update! So far, I have looked at roughly 55 sources in forms of documentaries, YouTube videos, newspaper and magazine articles, government reports, and research studies. Because of this extensive research so far, I plan to devote a lot of my remaining time to sorting through this and making it more understandable.

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POST #3: Theory Behind the Initial Solution

So far I have discussed most of the practical knowledge that a crystallographer needs, but I have not mentioned much of the theory. Crystallography requires the careful analysis of thousands of reflections by a computer, but at one point, it was all done by hand. The math behind the initial solutions is very tedious, but in short, it relies on Fourier transforms. Fourier transforms are used to break complicated oscillations into only sines and cosines. A Fourier transform lets us look at the repeating patterns of reflections (similar to a harmonic function) and determine what the unit cell looks like, as well as the arrangement of its contents.

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Post #1: First Week of Zebrafish Research Complete!

Now that my first week of on-campus research is complete, I have details about my zebrafish research to share and a rough outline of what is next for my investigation of the effect of alcohol on vasculature development.

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