Overall Research Experience Summer 2019

My research was fixed on the increasing rate of maternal mortality, specifically among incarcerated women and black or African American women. Additional topics of this study might include the mortality rate of children birthed by incarcerated women, the location these women are from and where their prison is located, increasing mortality rate of incarcerated women of color, as well as subsidiary factors that affect the health of imprisoned women. Previously recorded/public access data was analyzed for causation variables of this high mortality rate and will be presented with information collected by analyzing the most recent literary sources regarding this topic.

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Final Week Research Summary

During my final week of research, I aggregated the data sets into one master document. This way the three control variables and two main variables (maternal mortality and female prisoner population) are in one common place for analysis. I, also, contacted my previous data science professor about geo-mapping the data tables and plan on meeting with him before moving out. Once I meet with him, I should be able to layer the data tables over a map of the United States once I download a geo-spatial package, the corresponding dictionary, and others like it.

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Summer Research Week Six

During my sixth week of research, I finished cleaning the data sets. This is one task of the research process that some people might find boring but, luckily, I like tedious work. This portion of my research is one that my advisor tells me will come in handy and look good on a resume, the data manipulation and cleaning that is.

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Research Week Five

I spent this past week doing a lot of manual entry of information, namely 2010 poverty data that my advisor found. One way that we were looking to control the research findings on maternal mortality was by collecting information on the number of people below the federal poverty line within each state during a median year in the timeline (i.e. 2010), or the unemployment rate. It was preferable to my advisor if I was to find the poverty data, however, I was not able to find the information that on any of the public access databases that was up to par. So once my advisor found this pdf with the information we needed from the census bureau, it was my job to manually transfer the data to an excel spreadsheet since the hyperlink within it did not take me to an active online site.

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Week 4 Research Recap

It has now been a month since I started my research in this maternal mortality lab. My advisor has helped me stay accountable with our meetings twice a week. At those meetings, I always want to make sure that I have progressed enough that I have something to show for it.

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