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Where do Holocaust euthanasia practices fit into the modern euthanasia discussion?

Sierra Weiss is a senior majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Disability Studies and Bioethics. She was awarded a Spring 2017 Independent Grant which she used to conduct research under Dr. Rosemarie Garland-Thompson on the T4 program during the Holocaust.

Following my approval to conduct SIRE research this semester, I excitedly shared the news with my family and friends. The questions and interest quickly pursued regarding my research; I very casually mentioned the T4 Program during the Holocaust and implications on modern forms of eugenics. I assumed that most of the people I was talking to, many of whom are Jewish, would know exactly what I was talking about, however, to my great surprise, they never heard of the T4 program. Before embarking on my research at the beginning of the semester, it became clear to me how important this research is and, as I delved further into my topic, how little it is discussed.


From Mad Scientist to Scientist with Mad Skills: Natural Remedies and C. Albicans, a Prologue



Rema Elmostafa is a recent graduate who majored in Biology and Spanish. She was awarded a Spring 2017 Independent Grant which she used to conduct research on natural remedies for yeast infections under Dr. Meleah Hickman. 

I bet you’re wondering how I got here. It all started with a small white pillow and a magazine article. A year ago, almost exactly. It was 1:16pm on a warm Friday. After three tries, I was finally able to quickly slide the key into my room, toss my backpack on the floor and change out of my work-study clothes into something more… business casual? Presentable? Ahh, that outfit, the same pale teal shirt I wore to an interview at the Pre-Health Mentoring Office last month. Maybe it’s a good luck shirt? I’ll put it on, with grey bottoms and black flats. What should I bring, a notepad, resume, water? Definitely a smile. I close the door behind me, take a quick glance at the mirror. Sharp breath out, I’m good to go. It’s 1:32pm now.

Lessons Learned in the Lab


Thomas Xia is a recent graduate who majored in Chemistry and Economics. He was awarded a Fall 2016 Independent Grant which he used to conduct research on the role a certain bacteria plays in the inflammation response after intestinal injury under Dr. Ashfaqul Alam. 

When I first began looking for opportunities to be involved in scientific research during my freshman year, my main goal was to find an area of research that really sparked my interest. I eventually began working in Dr. Neish’s lab within the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Emory School of Medicine starting the second semester of freshman year. The field of biomedical research definitely felt very foreign when I first began, but under the mentorship of the lab, I gradually became more independent. I eventually began to formulate my own hypotheses and subsequently testing them through innovative experiments that my mentors and I designed together.   


How do we process identity?



Bethanie Tabachnik is a senior majoring in Quantitative Sciences and minoring in Linguistics. She was awarded a Fall 2016 Independent Grant which she used to conduct research on the brain's ability to identify handwriting and faces under Dr. Daniel Dilks. 

Hi! My name is Bethanie Tabachnik and I’m a college junior from Cleveland, OH majoring in Quantitative Sciences on the NBB track and minoring in Linguistics. I’ve been doing research in the Dilks lab since Fall 2015, and my current project is an fMRI study examining how the brain processes identity – specifically handwriting and faces.

Studying the Mind's iPod


Lokita Rajan is a senior majoring in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology and Economics. She was awarded a Fall 2016 Independent Grant which she used to conduct research on auditory imagery under Dr. Simon Lacey.

My research is in neurology.  I am looking at how people perceive sounds based on their levels of musical experience.  I am recruiting musicians who are affiliated with Emory in some way, so they are either music majors or are members of an Emory University music ensemble, such as the Symphony Orchestra, Concert Choir, or University Chorus.  I am also recruiting individuals with no musical experience to take part in my study.  While the research grant has made it a lot easier to attract participants since I can now offer them a financial incentive to participate in my study, I have still found it difficult to recruit people with the appropriate levels of musical experience.  Relatively few musicians have answered my flyers inviting research participants, though I put them in high-traffic areas of Schwartz Center for Performing Arts on campus.  I have also had many members of the Emory community answer my flyers even though they do not qualify to participate in my study, that is, they have a few years of musical training but are not currently playing an instrument or singing regularly.