Candidate Characteristics in the States

The goal of the Candidate Characteristics Cooperative (C3) Database is to create the first comprehensive, standardized, transparent, and public dataset of state legislative candidates’ and elected officials’ race/ethnicity and gender. The C3 Database will fill important gaps in existing knowledge. At a time when the number of women and persons of color running for and holding elected office has increased significantly, the systematic study of how race, ethnicity and gender affect candidacy, campaigns, and elections continues to be hampered by data scarcity and high costs to individual researchers seeking to create datasets.

The Birth of Zero: Research Support for a Historical Twitter Reenactment

The objective of this research is to provide support for the fall 2021 historical Twitter reenactment in History 450, the History of Metropolitan Milwaukee, an OUR-supported Course-Based Research Project. Each year, I organize the course around a new theme. In fall 2021, the theme will be the first successful birth of a polar bear in captivity, which occurred in Milwaukee in 1919. In one of the culminating assignments, History 450 students will reenact the birth of Zero on Twitter. This project requires significant advance conceptualization and bibliographic research, so that enrolled students can focus their energies on the interpretive and creative work around the reenactment. The goals of the SURF collaboration are to conceptualize characters for the reenactment, develop a timeline, and provide primary and secondary source bibliographies to support each of the 20 characters in the reenactment. The methods consist of library and archival research. The research collaborator will use library books and databases, and potentially the UWM and Milwaukee County Historical Society archives, to find resources that can be used in the reenactment. The collaborator will then begin drafting a customized course bibliography document.

Safe Infant Sleep Recommendations on the Internet: Let’s Google It

To determine the accuracy of information on infant sleep safety on the internet using Google; specifically, determining whether and how the information on internet webpages complies with the American Academy of Pediatrics' (AAP) recommendations for a safe infant sleep environment. This is a significant issue because in the United States, approximately 3,600 infants die each year due to sleep-related infant deaths. For many of these deaths, unsafe sleep environments contributed to the infant's death (for example, infants placed to sleep on their stomachs or with loose blankets are at much higher risk of dying due to suffocation). Researchers have been studying ways to help parents understand and follow recommendations to reduce risks of sleep-related infant deaths. A similar study was published in the Journal of Pediatrics in 2012 looking at accuracy related to the 2011 version of the AAP recommendations, which found that only about 43.5% of site provided accurate information. In 2016, the AAP released updated recommendations, so it would be useful to see how accuracy of internet information has changed since then.