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Local Life Expectancies (Population)

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We often talk about life expectancy data at the national level; this simplification has a great deal of utility but obscures regional distinctions within a country.  Some counties in the United States have life expectancies on par with Japan (84), while the worst off counties are more similar to Indonesia (69).  Even more startling, in 661 counties, life expectancy stopped dead or went backwards for women since 1999.  This is a dramatic look at the importance of scale within any geographic analysis to arrive at reasonable conclusions.  So let's start looking at local demographic data instead of just nationally aggregated data.  For more on this press release, see:  http://www.healthmetricsandevaluation.org/news-events/news-release/girls-born-2009-will-live-shorter-lives-their-mothers-hundreds-us-counties


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Courtney Burns's curator insight, September 18, 2013 10:10 AM

Typically when I think about the average life expectancy today I think of how it has increased over the years. However I never thought of looking at it broken down into gender and area. When it is broken down the life expectancy of women is not increasing like it used too and in some places is even going down. In the graph it says that 54,000 women die every year because of excess salt. That stat is crazy! Even though that may not be a huge percentage of our population. It is something that can be monitored more and prevented. It would be interesting to see why people live longer in certain areas. What is it about specific areas that these people are living the longest? Even though the average life expectancy as a whole as increased I think we should look more into the decrease of life expectancy of women and why men's life expectancy's are increasing so much in comparison to women. 

Shelby Porter's comment, September 19, 2013 1:59 PM
When I hear about life expectancy the first thought that pops into my head is that the U.S. must have a great life expectancy considering all the medicines and treatments we have available. But when I read that since such a large numbers of counties have seen woman life expectancy stop dead or go backwards since 1999, I was absolutely shocked! Why was the life expectancy of women's dropping in so many more counties, an why weren't the men's life expectancy also dropping?And why is it that women live the longest in North Dakota and men in Iowa? Reading further, we see that a large percentage of women dying each year is because of excess salt and a large percentage of men dying each year is because of smoking. Both of these things can be prevented, but yet we still see many Americans do them. One good thing we learn from this is that African American males life expectancy has improved greatly over the past two decades. I would be interested to find out why that is, and if it could help the rest of the population also increase their life expectancy.
Matthew DiLuglio's curator insight, October 12, 2013 5:36 PM

Life expectancies do vary.  I know that one of my grandmothers died around when she was 60, and my other grandfather just passed away at age 84.  I am 23 years old, and the difference between their death ages is close to 24; one lived a whole "one of my current lifetimes" more than the other, which is strange to think about.  All that I've ever known can fit into the time that one lived longer than the other.  Life is transient, but just that.  The "death expectancy" is that everyone will die, absolutely.  No exceptions.  I was given a paper from a friend in high school, one of those motivational readings, on "What will you do with your 'dash'?"  It referred to gravestones, ie) someone lived from 1927-2012.  The two dates aren't really what matter, but the 'dash' in between, and how we choose to spend our lives is the true part that really matters!  So know what to expect, on average and based on where you are from, and be prepared for some differences from that average, but make your 'dash' truly matter! After all, it's the most we can do...

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From approximately 25:00-45:00 tune in to hear the story of Fritz Haber, a noted German scientist from the late 19th century, and his contributions to Green Revolution fertilizer technology as well as to Chemical Warfare (circa WWI).

It's an intriguing talk that delves into how the history of scientific achievement can dip into several topics (Green Revolution and agricultural development, WWI and WWII and the development of military technology). 


 

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From approximately 25:00-45:00 tune in to hear the story of Fritz Haber, a noted German scientist from the late 19th century, and his contributions to Green Revolution fertilizer technology as well as to Chemical Warfare (circa WWI).

It's an intriguing talk that delves into how the history of scientific achievement can dip into several topics (Green Revolution and agricultural development, WWI and WWII and the development of military Chemical Warfare). 

 Here's a link to a relevant BBC article on Haber:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-13015210 ;

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The Agricultural Revolution: Crash Course World History #1 - YouTube

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Here's a crash course video that overviews how human society may have progressed from Hunter-Gatherer societies to Sedentary Farmers. It also introduces a concise discussion of pros and cons of agriculture.

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Dhaka: fastest growing megacity in the world

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The stark contrast between the haves and have-nots is apparent from above, so too is the city’s rebound.


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Ancillary Core Model Reading.pdf - Google Drive

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Check it out for more information on each of the following:

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An incredible resource for learning more about cities, TED talks about cities, and how you can get involved in a movement to change the world.

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WE THE ECONOMY 20 Short Films You Can't Afford To Miss

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An INCREDIBLE series that looks into a few essential questions on the nature of the American and global economy through a series of 20 short films.

Brought to you by Morgan Spurlock the creative genius behind Supersize Me and 30 Days 

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Urban Geo Reading 2 (EQ 3: Periphery Models).pdf - Google Drive

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Here's our 3rd reading for Urban Geography.

EQ 3:  How are Periphery and Semi-periphery cities organized, and how do they function?

Complete 4-Column notes for this reading. Come to class with your questions and connections! Be ready to make comparisons to the Core city models we studied earlier!

 

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Zombie Short Story Outline.docx - Google Drive

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Complete this outline as part of your rough draft planning.

Remember you will need to write out your plans to create the rough draft of your Zombie Survival and Migration Short Story. 

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Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse.pdf - Google Drive

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Here's the project write-up, rubric and class zombie fact sheet for our short story project.

Please consult the document and bring your questions to class. 

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Demographic Transition

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Here is an EXCELLENT overview of the Demographic Transition Model. Review it and know the various qualities of each stage.

Also make note of migration trends that are typical of each stage.

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Op-Ed Columnist - Where Sweatshops Are a Dream - NYTimes.com

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Are sweatshops a good thing or a bad thing?

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▶ Coal, Steam, and The Industrial Revolution: Crash Course World History #32 - YouTube

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Your every waking second? INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION

This video will provide a concise overview of the industrial revolution and how the mechanization of the world overhauls they way that human society lives and thus leads to A MAJOR CHANGE IN OUR AGRICULTURAL PRACTICES, TRADE, AND FOOD SYSTEMS!

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Without the IR, we would never have had THE GREEN REVOLUTION! 

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The business insider deems this practice to be "putting an innovative spin on food recycling."

Would you agree with that? Is feeding food waste from all you can eat Las Vegas casino buffets to local pigs the sustainable answer?

There's a definitive connection between the buffet consumers, their food waste and the pigs who eat this waste. Here's a couple of thoughts:

1) How are the buffet diners and pigs similar?
2) What exactly are the pigs eating? Are there any moral or health implications?
3) Could these pigs return to the buffet as a main course? Why not?


Here's a youtube link to the full episode from Bizarre Foods America, it covers the whole behind the scenes story to food and culinary arts in Las Vegas:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_DizQZdQkw


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http://www.buffetmovie.com 

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Ever wonder how you can save the world? It's really simple, change the cities we live in.

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The choices made by city inhabitants affect the world over. So how can we reshape cities and life in cities to benefit the world and ultimately save it from our unsustainable practices? 

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Here's our 2rd reading, my slides from class, for Urban Geography.

 

EQ 2: How are [Core] cities organized, and how do they function?

Be ready to compare and make connections between these three models. You will discuss and present in small groups utilizing these slide materials. 

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Here's our first reading for Urban Geography.

EQ 1: When and Why did people start living in cities? 

Complete 4-Column notes for this reading. Come to class with your questions and connections!

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How do you decide where to go in a zombie apocalypse? - David Hunter - YouTube

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1) What are push and pull factors where you live?

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3) Why would we analyze the connection between 2 locations even wen there isn't a zombie outbreak?

4) How would you analyze movement to determine where to put a new sports stadium? 

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World Map Blank.doc - Google Drive

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Here's a map for outlining your path of escape and survival in the zombie apocalypse.

Remember you'll need to annotate for items such as travel time, number of stops, length of time lived at stop, method of travel etc.

A map key is required! 

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How To Survive a Zombie Attack on Campus

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Here's a really fantastic resource for understanding the imminent Zombie Apocalypse.

As you read through this resource think about how this might affect your plans for migrating through and surviving the Zombie Apocalypse.

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Check out this amazing article and video about what cargo ships are like in our global economy.

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