Leaving Phnom Penh

My last day in Phnom Penh was eventful. I got up early to ride across the city on the back of a moped taxi – a motodup, to my first interview. The interview was with the director of an organization that, among other things, holds dialogues between former members of the Khmer Rouge and Buddhist monks. The interview went well, and I was able to finish it in time to squeeze in lunch before my next one. The next one was with the director of an organization that works in areas such as water sanitation. I was lucky to schedule interviews with NGOs working in a variety of areas, including development, education, and community dialogues and reconciliation.

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Oil Completions

When a cap is placed over a newly-dug well line, the well is said to be completed. As of tomorrow, my summer’s research into the oil and gas industries of the 1930s and 1940s will also be completed.

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presentation at the group meeting

yesterday was our group meeting and it was my turn to present a paper. The one I talked about is” seasonality and persistence and invasion of measles” written in 2007 by Andrew Conlan and Bryan Grenfell. This paper is fairly close to my project because the data set im working on, measle reports from 60 cities in wales and england from 1944 to 1966, is also used in the paper. In addition, the CCS, critical community size, mentioned and analyzed in the paper is helpful for me to divide these data into 6 patches.

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Independent Project Part II

I’ve made a good bit of progress this past week on my independent project part of my fellowship. I have been examining the relationship between race and rates of utilization for various cardiac care procedures. Many papers have discussed the finding that heart attack patients who are black undergo a number of heart procedures at a lower rate than those who are white. Much of the literature on this topic is 5, 10, or 15 years old. As such, I thought it would be interesting to see if anything has changed in recent years. I have access to some data which allows me to look at the years 1997-2008, so I can see if trends have changed over time.

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Assuming we can hear them….

I just came across these notes I took and never got around to blogging on – so here’s some more information on analysis from a couple weeks back:

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