Amid MU budget crunch, Chinese demand for US education offers boost

    The story is about economics behind Chinese students' studying in Missouri.  I conducted data research for the story, and created a series of infographics, including maps, stacked bar charts, line charts, and etc. 


Human trafficking education for teenagers and parents is in need as cases keep increasing

       As the number 17th state in the nation for the most human trafficking cases, Missouri held the record of 135 cases in 2016, almost doubling the number of cases in 2015, according to National Human Trafficking Hotline (NHTRC).
        The rapid increase reflects on not only the total number of cases, but also cases involving minors. 
        I found this story while reviewing the data on NHTRC. Based on data research, cleaning and analysis, I further interviewed Detective Andrew Evans with the Boone County Sheriff's Department Cyber Crimes Task Force, and advocates, finding that the majority of human trafficking cases involving minors is directly connected to cybercrime. Then I wrote the story and visualized the data.


2017 True/False Film Fest directors nationality and gender distribution

        There are 36 directors from 19 different countries in 2017 True/False Film Fest. The U.S. has the most directors, followed by Germany and Denmark.
        Twenty-two directors are male, and 14 are female. Compared to 2016, the proportion of female directors in total has increased 11 percent.


As Missouri bridges and roads deteriorate, funding for repairs is nowhere in sight

 Published on Columbia Missourian 2/9/2017

Published on Columbia Missourian 2/9/2017

COLUMBIA — A small bridge spans Coon Creek, a shallow waterway flanked by a row of trees on either bank, painting a dense wall of foliage through the flat, rural hillside a couple miles north of Harrisburg.

Known as bridge P0384 by the Missouri Department of Transportation, or MoDOT, the 64-year-old bridge has been deemed "poor" by the Federal Highway Administration, meaning the bridge is "structurally deficient."

In this case, water, salt and chloride have seeped into the concrete over time, weakening the deck and threatening the bridge substructure...


The Downtown Parking Conundrum

 City of Columbia’s Community Development Department http://www.como.gov/Maps/documents/Public-Parking.pdf

City of Columbia’s Community Development Department
http://www.como.gov/Maps/documents/Public-Parking.pdf

 The total of 7,832 downtown employees and residents share only 4,518 downtown public parking spaces. However, some downtown garages have a low rate of usage while there is an obvious shortage of downtown parking spaces.  http://discoverthedistrict.com/business/facts

The total of 7,832 downtown employees and residents share only 4,518 downtown public parking spaces. However, some downtown garages have a low rate of usage while there is an obvious shortage of downtown parking spaces.

http://discoverthedistrict.com/business/facts


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