Dragons and Data: Update #1

Teaching a computer to play a game is much more complicated than it sounds.

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Repeat Photography and Glacial Shrinkage in Glacier National Park (Update 1)

Over the past few weeks, I have been working on the first stage of my project—preliminary research. My main focuses have been on Ansel Adams’s photography in Glacier National Park, repeat photography, climate change and glacial shrinkage, and climate change’s impacts on glacial tourism. The next stage of my research will be my trip to Glacier National Park in August.

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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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