Summary

I had a fantastic summer researching, and this will be my final post! I can’t wait for the Summer Research Showcase. It has been a great experience, and I am, again, extremely grateful to all who made this opportunity possible.

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Coming to a Close

With classes now suddenly in full swing my research has come to a close, which is disappointing, because it felt as though the more I learned and the more leads I got the more I realized how little I knew and how much there was left for me to learn. I’ve been spending some more time on the sites Ms. Vestal pointed out to me- the HUDD research site as well as the Cooper Center. I have had some success looking at these sites, but not too much. Unfortunately, Williamsburg is such a small and relatively unpopulated area so there is not much data on it, and what I’m researching is such a specific subject so there really is not much to find. I did finally finish reading Where the Other Half Lives, edited by Sarah Glynn. Most of the focus was on housing in the United Kingdom, but some of what was said could be applied to the United States as well, so it proved to be somewhat beneficial. Another focus in the book was on how neoliberal policies have affected the housing crisis. This truly began in the 1970s, with the methodical destruction of subsidized public housing in the United States in order to promote “self-sufficiency” and reduce the amount of government involvement. The book did best in providing a timeline for monumental moments in the history of low-income housing, but not necessarily within the United States. Again, there is still so much left for me to learn, but with the fall semester here, it is sadly time for my research to come to a close.

What it takes (To Get Good Data)

There are things to be said about both “field work” and “lab work.” Doing work in bacteriophage ecology, you get a taste of both. I can say that going outside to collect samples is hard, sweaty work (especially in the throes of Williamsburg swamp summer). To avoid the dangers (to me, that means ticks for the most part. *shudders*), you can work in a nice air-conditioned lab room, but you have to trade out seeing the sun. Either way, we all know that there is SO much more going on behind the scenes than what is neatly summed up in the “Methods” section of a journal article.

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Sampling in the Rain

The main goal of this experiment is to essential examine the functionality of a wet retention pond (storm water retention pond). There are many implications to the results, as discussed in the abstract. Obviously, the first step is to gather samples from the pond of interest, located in the neighborhood of Longhill Grove.

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Summing Up

Back from Tanzania and back on campus, I’ve had the chance to analyze my findings from the summer and reflect on my project as a whole. Overall in the span of about 5 week, I conducted 12 interviews with members of 11 organizations. All of my respondents were all professionals dealing with the implementation of Tanzania’s National Nutrition Strategy (NNS). Their organizations ranged from Tanzanian governmental agencies to UN bodies to private businesses. Their insights taught me about how nutritional policy is implemented, but more broadly about how international development is done.

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