Immunotherapy as a Cancer Treatment: Update 1

I recently began my project which focuses on immunotherapy and its increasing usage as a treatment for cancer. To start my research, I have begun by compiling articles I found online that both describe different types of immunotherapy and discuss the various results of clinical trials.

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Mapping Health Care Access in Malawi: Update 1

In my attempt to study the state of health care in Malawi – a small country in southeastern Africa – I have divided my research into three parts: reviewing literature to gain context, completing training for the software system ArcGIS, and compiling maps generated with ArcGIS alongside my literature findings to write a paper summarizing my findings. With this first update, I will draw together some themes I discovered while reading current research reports and learning about the culture and health policy in Malawi. I dug into Google Scholar as well as databases available through William & Mary to find these scholarly articles focused on equity, under five mortality, maternal mortality, access to care, and more in sub-Saharan Africa and, more specifically, Malawi. In order to gain a historical perspective informed by long-term work in Malawian communities, I also read reports and web articles from non-governmental organizations working in Malawi. These NGOs helped give me a realistic view of both the organization of Malawi’s health care system and the struggles preventing effective public health service provision.

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Defining Modern Terrorism and Resisting Stereotypes: Update 1

Prior to beginning the in-depth research of my project, I conducted a preliminary interview with a retired Army colonel and current FBI agent, Col. John Tumino, in New York City.  Through this interview, I gained important insights regarding the topic at hand, specifically that he believes in the necessity of a universal definition of terrorism.  To paraphrase Col. Tumino’s words, in a world where information is so easily recorded and accessed, it is essential to have very specific guidelines that leave little room for discretion.  Furthermore, in his opinion, most of the mass murder case studies that are going to be discussed in my research should not be considered terrorism (domestic or otherwise).  According to Tumino, classifying events such as school shootings, etc. as terrorism ignores the role of mental illness; in a society where mental illness is so stigmatized, we cannot afford to discount its involvement in certain cases.  If we treat someone with a mental illness as a terrorist, that could create an even larger stigma and lead to more issues.

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Update #1: Economic Trends and Relationships in Broadway Theater and Movie Musicals

This is the first update post for my Monroe summer research project. My project is split into three main sections: data collection, calculation of summary and inferential statistics, and the final analysis and presentation development phase. I decided to post my first update because I am about to finish the data collection portion of my project. As a reminder, for my research this summer, I am analyzing public data on movie musicals and Broadway musicals to see if there is a relationship or correlation between the two. Does one form of entertainment influence the other? Which one has grown more steadily in the past 17 years, etc? These questions can be answered through exploratory data analysis.

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