The Dead Are Not Under The Earth

Something not everyone realizes is that archaeology is actually a subfield of anthropology, the study of humans and their culture. Admittedly, it’s not completely obvious – poking around in the dirt doesn’t seem to have a lot to do with the world of living people.  But archaeology deals with the physical materials that people left behind over the courses of their lives. Even though these people may not be alive, it doesn’t follow that their lives don’t hold meaning for people today.

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Wrapping Things Up

My seven week fellowship concluded last Friday. As I have discussed previously, I spent the last week examining  racial differences in cardiac procedure utilization. My initial analysis involved running t-tests on black and white utilization rates for the years 1997, 2000, 2003, 2006, and 2008. I found that there were significant differences in the rates, although the the magnitude of the difference was relatively small and has been closing in recent years.

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Roadblock

So it has been a couple of weeks since my last post and I’ve reached a point that many researchers often hit and mostly fear: I’m stuck.

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Research update 2

Blog 2

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