Universal Influenza Vaccine: Update 1

Over the past week and a half, I have been researching basic facts about the influenza virus and the burden of influenza on the U.S. healthcare system, with an emphasis on the 2017-2018 influenza season. I have also begun to delve into the structure of the influenza virus, though this has been more challenging than I initially expected. Originally, I had ambitiously planned to extensively cover the detailed structure of the most prevalent influenza virus subtypes and lineages circulating in the United States human population (namely, the A(H3N2) and A(H1N1) influenza A subtypes and the B/Yamagata and B/Victoria influenza B lineages) before launching into my comparison of the various efforts to create a universal flu vaccine. However, I did not anticipate how complicated this structural information truly is and how large the gap is between my current comprehension level and the comprehension level necessary to understand the many scientific articles written about this subject. As a result, my research has been progressing much more slowly than I had hoped. Nevertheless, I am persevering through all of the highly technical language and working my way slowly but surely through the literature. Hopefully, I will be able to get into researching attempts to create a universal flu vaccine and begin my analysis of these efforts in the coming days. As I research, I have been creating a detailed outline of my paper so that once I have finished the research portion of my project, it should be fairly easy (fingers crossed!) to turn my outline into a cohesive, essay format.

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Russian-American Relations in the Media Update 1

At this point in my project I have completed the majority of my research analyzing to what extent the perceptions Russians and Americans have of each other has been influenced by the media. My research consists mostly of articles that analyze both Russian and American newspapers, movies, and television. Furthermore, my research is most concentrated in the time periods during and after the Cold War as they have been and continue to be the most tumultuous times in the countries’ histories.

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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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