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Human-Animal Disease Transmission

Firs off, some vocabulary – a disease that can pass between humans and animals is called a Zoonotic disease. We actually touched on these briefly in class, when the professor mentioned that networks through which diseases spread might have nodes that aren’t just people, but also animals. Studying this area is actually a very important […]

Thankful for Advertisements on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is one of the most celebrated holidays in the United States. Each year, millions of Americans gather with family and friends to give thanks for what they have. The holiday is often closely associated with such events as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and professional football games. These events are noted for their popularity […]

Modeling Suicide Contagion as an Epidemic

Suicide contagion is a serious and real phenomenon in society in which a single suicide can inadvertently cause multiple other suicides. As opposed to the spread of disease, there are no physical media, such as bacteria or viruses, that are being transferred. Instead, “publicity and news coverage” around one particular suicide allows suicides to spread like […]

How Christian Missions Spread Democracy

This article examines the correlation between Christian missions and the spread of democracy, particularly Protestants who went to British colonies. This diffusion of innovation, or the spread of a new idea, technology, or practice through a social network, resulted from the missionaries’ focus on educating the indigenous people in these colonies and teaching them new tactics for civil […]

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