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BLOG 7: Mental Health Awareness Week Infographic on Depression

  1. This infographic is about the prevalence of the mental illness of depression. It discusses where it is most common, symptoms and more. I chose this infographic because it was simple to understand the information and I think of depression as one of the most common mental illnesses among people my age and it interested me to see facts about it.
  2. This infographic was constructed by Summa Health. People were tallied upon having experienced depression and upon how quickly they began to feel better and turned into percentages. The study also then explores depression’s relationship to other chronic illnesses such as cancer, heart attacks, etc. identifying which specific illnesses have a high percentage connection.
  3. This infographic doesn’t go into detail about who the research is conducted on. I wonder what age group was used and if they were asked in a survey or in person, etc. Because those differences could greatly impact the results.
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BLOG 6: Demographics in Ferguson, MO

  1. This article explores the demographics of individuals living in Ferguson Missouri compared to surrounding areas. I chose this article because the shooting in Ferguson greatly affected Missouri and the entire U.S. and looking deeper into the issue of demographics here interests me.
  2. This research is from the 2012 American Community Survey (ACS) population estimates. Choroplethr and ChoroplethrZip ship with summary, demographics statistics of each state, county and Zip code in the U.S. This article is demonstrating how easy it is to use technology to dig deeper into demographics. The research conducted asks if there is a difference in demographic of Ferguson compared to the surrounding areas. The results show that their are more whites than blacks in Missouri and in the county but a larger percent of african americans within the Ferguson zip code.
  3. My question is regarding demographics on police officers in Ferguson. In the article the author mentions he doesn’t know any sights that have specific demographics of police officers, however this research was conducted on all residence of the state, county and within the Ferguson zip code. Since there is a much larger percentage of african americans in Ferguson, how do we know that some of them aren’t african american officers? Do we assume that the white percentage are all police offers and a few others?
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BLOG 5: College Students and High Textbook Prices

  1. This article is about the increasing prices of textbooks and how it is causing some students to forego buying the books even though it could jeopardize their grades. I chose this article because I think it relates to all college students because textbooks have been increasing in price since I began college. It is hard for students to pay for such expensive books since tuition, room and board, etc. are already extremely expensive.
  2. The research in this article was taken from a survey from 2000 students from 33 states and 156 different campuses from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group. They concluded that students spend an average of $1200 each year on textbooks. That is 39% of tuition at a community college and 14% of tuition at a four-year public college.
  3. My question from this research article regards the amount of people taken for the study. 2000 students total from 256 different colleges means only around 7/8 students from each school were selected and that doesn’t seem like a big enough sample size and I wonder why there weren’t more? Also, how did they selected those few students from each school?
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BLOG 4: Twitter Polling Jon Stewart’s Replacement on the Daily Show

  1. This tweet is about Jon Stewart leaving the Daily Show and how twitter has exploded with comments about his departure, but also the majority of them hint at replacements for his position. This shows how social media communication like twitter in our society has become more than just interacting with friends or sharing funny comments. It has actually become a way of polling individual preferences much like a presidential election. I chose this tweet because it pertains to the way people communicate now, especially in my generation, and I found it interesting that it has more of an impact that most people think
  2. This research information was gathered by lead shift and compiled into an infographic by daily infographic. It was conducted by totaling at all the tweets regarding Jon Stewart leaving between February 10th, 2015 and March 9th, 2015. They then dissected them into categories about how many involved speculation about his replacement and then also social authors. Then the top ten candidates that were tweeted about as prospects for taking the position were gathered and given a percentage based on the number out of the total tweets that people said they would be a good replacement. They were also broken up into male and female categories which showed the top five rankings that were chose by males and then also females. Also, they showed top tweet locations and examples of tweets by influencers.
  3. My question involves timeframe of the data collection and how the data was collected. First, I wonder if only the data collected for the month after the announcement is a good indicator, because people could start to see other’s ideas and maybe change their mind or come to different decisions about replacement. Second, I wonder if the data about the tweets was collected based on hashtags, content, or even mention of Jon Stewart’s name.
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BLOG 3: Fewer Latino Catholics Seek Changes to the Church than White Catholics

September 27, 2015 Leave a comment

  1. This article is about the comparison between Latino and White Catholics and their views on changes to the Catholics Church. It talks about how latino Catholics are more closely aligned with church beliefs than are white Catholics. I chose this article because I am a catholic, and it is interesting to me that races are so different in their views of church teachings. Also, with so many things changing in our society today, people are accepting of more and I am interested to find out how much it is affecting people’s beliefs in relation to the church.
  2. This research comes from the Pew Research Center. It was conducted through a survey of United States Catholics and Family Life between May 5 and June 7 of 2015. in this research “whites,” include all those who are non-hispanics, while Hispanics can be of any race. These U.S. catholics were asked questions on whether or not the church should allow certain things, and on what they consider a sin. The percentage results were compared to each other and given a difference to see the gap between the two.
  3. I was confused when the information in the study said that Hispanics “can be of any race.”Does this mean that since “white catholics” are all non-hispanics, that “latino catholics” are all non-whites? Also, I am wondering if the questions given were a yes/no answer and if they were given online or in person, and to how many U.S. catholics? If given in person vs. online, there could be some change in the results out of fear of judgement.
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BLOG 2: Class of 2025 Could be the Biggest and Most Diverse Ever

September 13, 2015 1 comment

  1. This article is about how the class of 2025 is expected to be the largest and most diverse freshman college class ever because of growing numbers of individuals attending college and growing diversity rates. I chose this article because it interested me. People always used to say that my class was the largest and most diverse, but I have since heard people say the same thing about every consecutive class that has come after mine. I was curious to see how those rising rates would affect classes many years from now.
  2. This Research was conducted by the Pew Research Center. Also, the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education predicts that the high school class of 2025 will the be the largest and most diverse. The research from this project was gathered by looking at and noting the demographics of all those who graduated from high school and then applied and were enrolled into a 2 or 4 year college.
  3. Did this research take into account those who were originally enrolled into college, but did not graduate, or was all of this research based on graduates?
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BLOG 1: America’s Rising Consumption of Bottled Water

1.This article is about how the number of water bottles that American’s drink per year is rising. It is also about the reasons why water bottle sales are so high, and why it has become the main beverage for people to drink vs. sugary or carbonated drinks. I chose this article because I tend to only drink water and it interested me to learn about how much bottled water is being sold and how it has a negative environmental impact.
2. The research about the rise of bottle water and the decline of soda comes from Beverage Marketing Corporation. Also, the research chart done about the rising bottled water consumption per year in America was done by the sustainable-water research institute the Pacific Institute. The data was collected by comparing the average water bottle consumption of americans over the years since 1970, and then using information to predict how the bottled water consumption will skyrocket come 2017.
3. A few questions I have regarding the article: It seems that the information for the average number of water bottles consumed by Americans per year is vague and I wonder how exactly they came up with that average. I also wonder why so many people purchase bottled water at a rising rate, especially with constant talk about global warming and the still constant struggle of the economy in this country. Although the craze for being healthy is rising, and adds regarding this are drawing buyers to the bottled water, the craze for saving money is also still substantial with our economy. One would think that getting water for free from the tap would be more appealing then spending money on a case of bottles

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