Post #2: which words do women use to describe themselves?

It’s been a few weeks since my last post and I have now almost 600 responses– 597 to be exact. To add onto the results from my and my Facebook friends’ original posts, I decided to post in the school meme group. After examining the demographics of my survey respondents, I hoped to find more respondents that weren’t similar to me, white and from northern Virginia. As W&M is a state school, and the Facebook group is meant for students, the number of college-aged Virginian participants grew dramatically. However, the participants were more diverse than the original group, and I hope to be able to represent more with this data. I will continue to recognize the imbalances in my data, and here especially the age group differences.

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Research Update #2 (Our Microbial Minds)

Update #2!!! I’ve finished my research (which consisted of watching TED talks, reading books, and reading lots of scientific articles). I feel like I now have a clear understanding of what the microbiota is and its role in the human body, modern day causes of dysbiosis, how the brain-gut axis works, and science linking gut microbes to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), anxiety/depressive disorders, and Schizophrenia. I ended up going beyond the initial scope of my research question and exploring the application of bacterial probiotics (also called “psychobiotics”) as a form of alternative medicine. Psychobiotics are a class of bacterial supplements specifically aimed at treating psychiatric conditions. While they are still very much in the research phase, there have been surprisingly promising results, especially on the ASD frontier.

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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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Repeat Photography and Glacial Shrinkage in Glacier National Park (Update 2)

I have now been in Montana for a few days, and I have finished taking photos for my repeat photography (see my last post for the photos I am recreating). For the duration of my trip, visibility has been hampered by wildfires. Saturday night, three wildfires started in Glacier National Park, and they have further reduced visibility and caused a major closure in the park.

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