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Congratulations to Our Biology and Society Graduates!

Date: 
May 4, 2018
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Congratulations to Alexis Abboud, Liz Barnes, Claudia Nunez-Eddy and Tong Wu! We are incredibly proud to have such dedicated and hard-working students in our program.

Alexis AbboudAlexis Abboud started her PhD in Biology and Society in the fall of 2014. For her dissertation, she worked at the intersection of science policy and history of science through the study of endocrine disruptors. Endocrine disruptors are chemicals, like bisphenol-A (BPA), that interfere with hormones and hormonal activity to negative effect. In looking at the history, science, and regulation of the substances, Alexis found that endocrine disruptors followed a distinct science policy trajectory in the US, rapidly going from their proposal in 1991 to their federal regulation in 1996, even amid intense and majority scientific disagreement over whether the substances existed at all. She successfully defended her dissertation, “A Biography of Endocrine Disruptors: The Narrative Surrounding the Appearance and Regulation of a New Category of Toxic Substances,” on March 20th, 2018. After graduation, Alexis plans to take the summer off before starting at Stanford Law School in the Fall of 2018. For more information on Alexis Abboud, please visit: ASU Now 

Liz BarnesLiz Barnes was ecstatic to be finishing her Ph.D this semester. For her dissertation, Liz created a new instructional framework for teaching evolution to college biology students. The framework is called "Religious Cultural Competence in Evolution Education (ReCCEE)" and includes a suite of evidence-based instructional practices that can help reduce students' perceived conflict between religion and evolution, increase students' acceptance of evolution, and create more comfortable evolution learning environments. She defended her dissertation on April 9th. Her committee was chaired by Sara Brownell and also included Jane Maienschein, Randy Nesse, Jim Collins, and Jenefer Husman.
Liz will be continuing her work over the next year at ASU in a post-doc position with Sara Brownell in which she will spear head a large-scale national study aimed at exploring the efficacy of the ReCCEE instructional framework.  For more information about Liz Barnes, please visit: ASU Now

Tong WuTong Wu successfully defended his doctoral dissertation on April 9.  His doctoral advisor was Dr. Charles Perrings, and his committee members were Dr. Jim Collins, Dr. Ann Kinzig, Dr. Ben Minteer, and Dr. Peter Daszak, of Ecohealth Alliance.  His research was on the socio-ecological drivers of avian influenza in China.  One important finding was that protected areas could reduce transmission risks between wild birds and poultry.  After graduation he plans to continue doing research in the same field, and is currently applying for postdoctoral positions.  

Claudia Nunez-Eddy is graduating with a Master of Science degree in biology and society with a concentration in bioethics, policy, and law. Her thesis, titled “Publicly Funded Family Planning in Arizona, 1940-2017,” examines how Arizona’s political, geographic, cultural, and ethnic landscape has shaped the states management of federal family planning funding since the early twentieth century. During her research, Claudia conducted oral history interviews with individuals who had an integral role in the administration of federal family planning funds in Arizona. The oral histories allowed her to explore the recollections, perceptions, and experiences of reproductive health experts in Arizona since the early twentieth century. Claudia defended her Masters thesis on March 12. Her committee included Jane Maienschein, Erica O’Neil, and Ben Hurlbut. Claudia is currently living in Washington, DC and working in reprductive health policy.

More Information: Andrea Cottrell (andrea.cottrell@asu.edu)

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