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Blog 7: Fighting Allergies with Allergies

November 8, 2015 Leave a comment
  1. Pediatricians suggest parents introduce high risk infants to certain products to desensitize allergies before they surface. I chose this article because I would consider this a medical break through that will affect a large population of people.
  2. This information was collected through several multi-national trials with several high-risk infants. Though ages varied, snacks with traces of peanuts were given to children and they were then monitored.
  3. What initial research prompted the introduction of exposing high-risk children to allergies at an early age? If it is not recognized as a current cure, what measures will be taken to find a cure?
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Blog 6: Missouri Food Pantries Help Clients Grow Their Own Food

October 25, 2015 1 comment

  1. This articles shows how Grow Well Missouri, a food aid program, is doing their part to reduce hunger statistics by teaching low-income locals how to grow healthy food options. I chose this article because I like people who use critical thinking to approach difficult situations. This solution provides cost-effective, healthy and feasible opportunities for already-struggling individuals.
  2. Grow Well Missouri administered a survey to 158 food bank clients from four communities being served. They were asked various questions over feelings of control over their health, program usefulness and intention to use services. The results from the survey showed the positive impact the program has on its communities and provided enough evidence for continuous of services.
  3. What was the reasoning behind selecting Columbia, St. James, Mexico and Shelbina as ‘test markets’? Other than income, what demographic data were considered when distributing the survey (i.e. women, single parent families, disabilities, household size, etc.)? Where homeless considered part of the study or just low-income?
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Blog 5: States with Largest Student Bodies in Relation to Population

October 18, 2015 Leave a comment
  1. This article analyzes the change in student enrollment rate year to year and how much it has dropped post-recession. I chose this article because it’s interesting to me how the economy is now stable, but enrollment is still dropping and tuition costs are rising.
  2. As it is directly stated in the text, Fractl, a market research firm, used 12-month enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics data center. No information is provided on how research was conducted.
  3. If states like Iowa and Arizona are inflated because of online enrollment, why didn’t the researchers modify that variable so that it was a true reflection of the actual population? What are the other states that have growing online enrollment rates? Is this a result of lesser tuition costs or because of the job market in these states?
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Blog 4: Mobile Etiquette

October 6, 2015 Leave a comment
  1. Americans have varying views on what situations are deemed as appropriate for answering cell phones. I chose this article because I find it interesting how people adapt to mobile capabilities and social settings and how my views differ from the majority of the American public.
  2. This information is compiled through Pew Research Center’s American Trend Panels which is comprised of over 3,000 adult cell phone users. The results came from a nationwide survey administered last year.
  3. I’m curious to know if respondents had the opportunity to justify their reasoning- where there any trends among these comments? Are these identified norms the same across varying cultures, or are they geographically specific (i.e. urban vs. rural views)?
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Blog 3: More Sleep Can Prevent Illness and Risk of Premature Death

September 27, 2015 Leave a comment

1. This article claims that getting seven or more hours of sleep every night can reduce your risk for certain illnesses and chance for premature death. I chose this article because as a college student, sleep is not always a priority that is factored into my day and this insight has helped me to realize the importance of rest.

2. The data in the article was collected by researchers who recruited volunteers and administered a virus through nose drops and observed sleeping habits for a one-week period.

3. How did researchers go about obtaining volunteer subjects for this study? Were ages, ethnicities, medical histories considered and factored into the findings?

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Blog 2: New Industry Opportunities for Liberal Arts Majors

September 13, 2015 Leave a comment

1. The article explains a growing trend in liberal arts majors taking jobs in technology-based industries and correlating their job acceptance with schooling and expertise in different science fields. I chose this article because it is applicable to me and possibly my future career.

2. The information is found in a Forbes cover story. A LinkedIn data scientist matched current jobs and degrees through member profiles to explain the growing trend of tech companies hiring liberal arts majors.

3. Of the three pools studied, what schools were specifically accounted for in the article? What tech companies were more inclined to hire as many liberal art majors as tech grads?

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Blog 1: Decline in California Population

August 31, 2015 Leave a comment


  1. This article highlights the shift in California populations following the recession and housing bubble. I chose the article because the loss of residents reflects a net loss of $26 billion in state revenue, which affects the entire state’s economy.
  2. The information located in the tweet is new tax return data collected by the IRS over the last decade.
  3. The article claims economic hard times most likely contributed to the population shift, but how would they have factored that into research? If migration data lags two to three years, how can we be certain that this is an accurate portrayal of all residents?
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