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Rhia Kumar, Stony Brook University

Week 1:

    Before the internship began, there was a social gathering at Bowlero to facilitate introductions with our peers and Dr. Wole. Unfortunately, I didn’t catch the memo and ended up missing out on my initial opportunity to connect with my fellow interns. The next day, I had the opportunity to meet with my peers and Dr. Wole. We explored Hunter College and concluded the day by connecting with our mentors. I scheduled an individual session with my mentor(s) to delve into the potential structure of my project. I started examining the relationship between housing valuations and climate, considering them as pivotal elements for my research. Additionally, I initiated a review of literature focusing on structural racism and its historical visualization to enrich my understanding. Navigating the various directions for my project left me feeling slightly overwhelmed. During the remainder of the week, I completed my project proposal, delineating its distinctiveness. We concluded the week by familiarizing ourselves with Paraview and delivering our project proposals. 

Week 2:

The week began with an introduction to the fundamental principles of writing a scientific research paper and familiarized us with Overleaf for composing our documents. Additionally, Professor Wole conducted VR lectures on immersive visual and interactive displays, alongside 3D geometry. Following that, the next day I had a meeting with Dr. Wole, Professor Cogburn, and Lisa on exactly the next steps moving forward and what I should have accomplished by the end of the week. We decided it was best to explore the visualization tools further and begin data collection to find specific years that I should specifically analyze. Out of all the tools, I definitely think mapbox and unity does seem the most feasible. Additionally, they mentioned after I had done this, beginning next week my implementation of VR in my research would be discussed and further finalized. 
Professor Wole then took the time to go over everyone’s technical implementations and progress with their research. I took this time to download unity and integrate mapbox. I began to watch videos on how to use Mapbox, so I can familiarize myself. It didn’t go that well, but I continued my literature review. I was able to add my introduction and related works section to overleaf. 
Thursday was where I felt extremely overwhelmed. As I was in the midst of collecting data from the online data portal relating to climate, specifically heat index, and health (particularly asthma related ed visits), I came across several roadblocks. All the portals with access to this data were prohibiting me to analyze data of heat index over particular years, rather it would just say ” heat index of 1 out of 5″ for x neighborhood or it gave data only for one particular year (2018). However, I was able to find data on heat events, which is where the most people die due to extreme heat than all other extreme weather events combined. According to the portal, 100-degree days are a significant heat event, so I was able to compile data on heat events citywide, yet again I ran across the issue of finding specific data for the two neighborhoods (Riverdale and Soundview). Hence, I then zoomed into the two historically redlined areas for asthma-related visits because it is seen that these heat events exacerbate asthma. I decided to look at asthma-related visits because once someone has asthma, they always have it. 
We ended the week exploring Tableau, which I found to be very interesting. We created GitHub ID’s, where we then updated our to-dos, in progress, and done sections in relation to our projects. Subsequently, everyone gave Dr. Wole updates on our projects, and I was able to express what errors I came across the day prior with data collection. He advised that maybe if there is data on specific boroughs, I can use those as comparison instead of two specific neighborhoods. We ended the day with a chance to look into the virtual reality headsets, which was so darn cool! 
Here is the data I collected on Thursday, but will need to be updated as per Dr. Wole:

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