Post-Research Reflections: Final Update

I totally forgot to make a third blog post. Whoops.

My main takeaway from this research, which I pretty much understood to be the case going into it, is that the music industry suffers from a severe lack of a queer presence – regardless of genre. That being said, my work is just a snapshot of the reality of music’s queer underrepresentation; more expansive research is entirely possible, and ought to be conducted in the future. In terms of expanding my own project, I think it would be beneficial to examine queer visibility across multiple music services, not just streaming ones. Looking at music providers such as radio stations and CD/record stores, in addition to streaming services, could offer a sort of comparison analysis of whether or not the type of music service influences queer representation. I also could increase the number of genre-based playlists I study. Furthermore, examining playlists exclusively featuring lesser-known, “indie” artists within each genre alongside playlists containing only current-day hits (like the ones I used in my research) might answer questions of how commercial standing contributes to queer representation. Even simply incorporating more genres could yield newer, more diverse findings. The point is that my project is merely a stepping stone into a much broader research scope.

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Post #3: Summer Melt

In my last two blog posts, I’ve discussed how college access programs can help disadvantaged students reach higher education. Studies have shown mixed results about the effects of these programs, but there are several tactics that can help them better support student achievement, from starting early to targeting more disadvantaged students.

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Gender Reveal Party – Final Update

Hello! I’m posting late because my advisor allowed me to continue to contribute to my project after the deadline, and I wanted this last post to reflect my entire writing experience.

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

When I first proposed this project in February 2018, I formulated several research questions I hoped to answer: Who developed semaphore telegraph systems and when, and how did the systems and codes of different nations differ from one another? How did the mechanical aspects of the towers function, and how were they controlled? What were the experiences of tower operators? How did this form of near-instant communication, and the resulting increased speed of information, affect society, culture, and government? How did governments balance the systems’ great advantages with the massive costs of erecting dozens of towers? How did this technology relate to previous and later revolutions in communication, such as the electric telegraph and the internet? I believe my work, including my research, my research paper, and my models, answered all of these questions.

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Gendered Nouns – Final Update

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The Key To Every Painting: Don’t Force It

After finishing my painting for this project I learned something very important when it comes to creating art within a specific genre. There is an extremely wide range of pieces that may fit the description of that genre. When I was looking at work by Hannah Yata I had imagined myself creating an explosive piece similar to what she had done. While I loved to look at work and I admired the how much was going on, this was not my style of painting. My art in the past has usually had just one subject because I like to put a lot of my focus into that one thing rather than all over the place.

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Proposed Solutions to Bridge the Gap in Oral Healthcare Accessibility

Since my last post, I have spent considerable time investigating the proposed solutions to bridge this oral healthcare gap. While the facts and figures warrant a change in health policy, what would a feasible, effective change look like? Some experts in the field suggest community-based sealant and fluoride programs. Dental sealants are clear plastic coating applied to molars (the teeth most likely to get cavities), can be applied by hygienists or dentists, and require little equipment. Fluoride can be added to a community water supply or administered as a mouth rinse to strengthen the enamel (outer, protective coating) of teeth. Both options save far more money in dental treatment costs, which can include Medicaid dollars and therefore save the States considerable funding.

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Summary: The Impact of Stress on Child Health in Impoverished Communities

Children are more largely susceptible to physiological effects of stress as they are still developing. Children in poverty, are disproportionately exposed to stressors that contribute to poor health outcomes. In my paper I focused on types of stress responses, the physiology of stress, the relationship between poverty, stress, and health, and maternal influence.

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The History, Function, and Significance of Semaphore Telegraph Towers – Update 2

After several weeks of research and writing, I am coming close to finishing my research paper. It begins by noting that decades before the spread of the electrical telegraph, a message could travel across France at fifty times the speed of an equestrian messenger, a feat possible through the pre-electrical data network of semaphore lines. Many people today assume that the speed of information only exceeded the speed of humans and animals when Morse introduced the electrical telegraph, so this introduction serves to alert them that this paper covers an intriguing technology which achieved what modern people assume was impossible in the 1790s.

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Update 2: In Development

Over the course of six weeks in Berlin and throughout Germany, the vastly varying architecture, often within blocks of each other, showcased the differing perspectives on growth and destruction during the postwar period. Looking through the imagery that now dominates the modern perception of Berlin and the German perspective as a whole, it‘s difficult to decide how I can represent these buildings accurately, without overimposing analyses.

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