Concise Synthesis and Biological Testing of Quinone-based Natural Products with Potential Therapeutic Effect

Natural Products are organic compounds that are produced by living organisms, such as plants or bacteria. Many natural products have been found to exhibit significant therapeutic effects against various diseases. In our research, we are interested in a group of molecules called quinones, which are commonly found in plants in small quantities.

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Race and Gender Disparities in Counselor Education Tenure and Promotion Attainment

The world of academia has not always been as inclusive as it currently is. There was a time when women and people of color were not allowed access to this world. While that is no longer the case, disparities are still present. Based on prior studies, it has been made apparent that the experiences of faculty of color in Counselor Education differ from that of their white peers. However, researchers have yet to quantitatively examine for differences in tenure and rank based on race or gender. This study is important as it is being used to determine the whether faculty of color in counselor programs are representative of the US population. And along those lines whether there are differences in time for faculty of color to become associate professors, full professors or get tenure than white professors. This study will be used to assess the race and ethnicity of faculty in counselor education and psychology programs. We will determine the demographics of professors by tenure and class of professor using counselor education websites and psychology programs and gather salary information using public information and state salary databases. 

Abstract: Analyzing the Role of Community Health Extension Workers in Providing Health Services to Low Health Communities Domestically and Abroad

Many barriers stand in the way of the efficiency of the US healthcare system; one such barrier is access. Education levels, income, race, and gender make up but a few of the potential barriers between an individual in need of medical attention and the proper means by which it is attained. This fact explains why urban areas cite some of the highest health disparities, why Baltimore, Maryland’s John’s Hopkins University medical school is one of the highest ranked but the community in which they serve has some of the country’s worst health outcomes. Barriers abound. These barriers are not negligible, but rather we pay for them in the cost of human lives. With my research, I plan to use the actions taken by international healthcare systems in bridging the gaps of access, to inform ways in which the US healthcare system can better serve its communities of constrained resources. Namely, I plan to look at, and analyze, the role of the community health extension worker in low health communities around the world and determine if the introduction of the community health worker in the US serves to potentially aid in bridging the health disparity gaps that we face in our own healthcare system.

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A Community All on Our Own: Digital Spaces for Black Queer People (Abstract)

Black Queer (LGBTQ) individuals occupy a niche space in society. Not only do they belong to a community bounded by the shared experience of Blackhood in the world, but they also live in a space defined by the politics of sexual identity. To belong to two marginalized groups presents both unique challenges and special opportunities. Especially with the advent of the World Wide Web and social media, Black Queer people can coalesce in a digital environment where they can develop their own community, complete with coded language and particular attitudes towards the larger society. In this project, titled Black Rainbow, I will be researching Black Queer communities on Twitter (taking into account other social media platforms), placing focus on their sociolinguistics and politics. Black Queer people often do not use the lingo of their straight Black counterparts, but also don’t subscribe to the same politics as their White LGBTQ peers. From the phenomenon of the larger “Black Twitter” to movements such as #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter, Black Queer people live their digital lives in ways we often do not consider in the mainstream. My goal is to shed a light on this oft-misunderstood community and highlight its position as crossroads of intersectionality from which we can learn about what social justice and community-building means to some of the most systematically disenfranchised among us.

Fighting Poverty, Helping Prisoners

Poverty is a problem that has plagued all of society including the United States. This summer I plan to help research aspects of poverty in order to help Professor Christopher Howard with his book,“Helping the Poor: What We Say and What We Do.” The overarching theme of the book is to understand how the American society talks about poverty and how the government and third party organizations help to address the problem. I plan to break down my research into two parts. The first part would focus on the social service programs that are already in place to help with the problem of poverty. Furthermore, looking into how people are able to gain these programs and who is most able to gain these funds. The second part of my research would be focused on how ex-felons and their families are able to gain the social services aid from both government and non-government programs. This would include job training, mental health treatment, and substance abuse treatment for those who have been convicted of a crime. I would also like to include counseling and related support for their families into the research.