Data in Four Dimensions (WEEK 5)

As I mentioned in the previous blog post, I suspect that warmer ocean temperatures correlate with higher rates of rift propagation. However, throughout the Amery Ice Shelf, the depths of it range from roughly 300 meters at the calving front (point at the end of the AIS, where ice typically breaks off from) to 1,200 meters at the calving front (point at which the ice is no longer attached to the underlying bedrock). Because I do not know how thick the ice is that directly surrounds the rift, I compiled as many relevant depths as I could that could be in contact with that specific portion of the AIS.

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Narrowing Research: Research Update 4

This week I decided to narrow down my research to focus specifically on the history of blackface in the student culture of William and Mary. In the beginning, the discovery of the alleged photo of Governor Ralph Northam in the Eastern Virginia Medical School yearbook sparked my interest in studying William and Mary’s yearbooks. After looking through evidence in the Colonial Echo, I have begun to search The Flat Hat to find student opinions and reactions to the presence of blackface both in the yearbook and in student culture in general.

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Wrapping Up The Echo: Week 3 Update

This week marked the wrap up of my initial examination of The Colonial Echo. I’ve looked through hundreds of student pictures and articles that chronicle the years at William and Mary. As I’ve moved through the years since 1899, I’ve seen a definite shift in the inclusiveness and diversity of the culture at William and Mary. Soon after African American students were admitted into the undergraduate class, black students started forming groups like the Black Student Organization and fraternities and sororities like Alpha Phi Alpha, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, and Zeta Phi Beta. Aside from these spaces created on campus for specific ethnic, racial, or cultural identities, previously all white organizations eventually became integrated as well.

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Summer Research Week 3 Update

It was during the second week that the control variables were narrowed down to the poverty or unemployment rate, overall drug use (or opioid abuse if the first was not feasible), and the number of black persons per state. I then needed to find a data set for each variable that was separated by year and state in the U.S. on the government census website or the CDC Wonder database. As mentioned in the second week blog, I realized that information on all the control variable was not collected for each year within the research timeline, 1998-2017. Therefore, it was decided by my instructor that the control variables would be constricted to a median year in the timeline, 2010. This year is not the centermost within the timeline, however, since some of the control data came from the government census database, that holds information collected decennially, it was the closest possible year.

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Preliminary Ice Shelf Changes Since the New Millennium (WEEK 3)

In the last blog post, I went into specifics on how I have measured the rifts. Here, I will talk about how I have observed the Amery Ice Shelf to be changing over time.

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