2018 Thesis Finalist: Sophie Gifford: 23andJUSTme: The Need for Stricter Regulation of Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing Comp
I believe that there must be comprehensive direct-to-consumer genetic testing regulation so direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies must be covered under HIPAA. The consumer must clearly understand who will have access to their biological samples and genetic data, and if their samples will be used for secondary research. The legislation should address the accuracy of the direct-to-consumer genetic tests in order to reduce false positives and false negatives. The companies should also be required to offer some genetic counseling services over the phone so the customer can consult with them about any test results they receive which they may find distressing or they simply have questions about.
2018 Thesis Finalist: Andrew Larkam:It’s Getting Hot in Here:Pursuing Methods of Greenhouse Gas Removal In Response to Global W
The International community should prioritize long-term solutions to global warming. Short-term emission mitigation, such as the reliance on renewable energy, will not be enough to meet the global average temperature goals established by the Paris Climate Agreement. In addition to increasing reliance on zero emission energy sources, these international communities should also pursue the research and implementation of both natural and artificial methods of removing greenhouse gasses from the atmosphere.
2018 Thesis Finalist: Jasmine Lopez: Stepping Away from Solitary Implementing A Step Down Program in Prisons
Solitary confinement is a counterproductive, inhumane, and ineffective solution to managing violent or insubordinate inmates. The Red Onion State Prison’s Administrative Segregation Step Down Program’s model that emphasizes partnering science with corrections and taking a proactive approach to managing high risk inmates is a more humane and effective way and should be implemented in correctional facilities in the U.S. penitentiary system to safely reduce the over reliance on solitary confinement.
2017 Thesis Winner: Harrison Mahony- Development Demagogues- A Case for Reforming the IMF
The International Development Association must reform their neoliberal conditional loaning system for the benefit of impoverished peoples.
1. The World Bank is a business enterprise, so a bottom line is necessary to stay afloat. However, by putting fiscal interests first, the World Bank has created instability and
dependence in developing nations.
2. Additionally, IDA investment in developing nations increases income inequality, and
3. unfair conditions set forth in agreements hurt the poor the most. Reform is ultimately necessary but my thesis focuses on these highly contended issues within the system.
2017 Thesis Finalist: Carolina Mountain- G-M-Over It- How a Change in the First World’s Attitude Towards GMOs Could Help Feed.
The fear and misinformation around GMOs in wealthy countries must end because it is preventing third world countries from developing from a stable and sufficient food supply. There are three things that the first world public needs to better understand in order to end the negative stigma surrounding GMO foods. First of all, people need to understand the science behind GMO crops and how they are made and regulated. Secondly, the public needs to understand the tangible and real benefits of GMOs for farmers, the economy, and consumers. Lastly, and most importantly, we must understand the larger, global benefits of GMOs and their role in preventing in food insecurity and starvation in developing countries.
2017 Thesis Finalist: Sarah Corley- Faith, Food, and Farming- Renewing Stewardship in American Agriculture
We should seek sustainable alternatives to industrial agriculture to better steward the earth's environmental, animal, and energy resources. Stewarding the earth is an essential part of expressing the image of God within each of us. Stewardship in agriculture should maintain the good health of each of its constituent parts, and ensure that agricultural methods are sustainable for future generations. Industrial agriculture fails to accomplish both these goals by its separation of the various systems that work together to produce food. This separation is most evident in industrial agriculture's foundation upon large monoculture farms, its reliance upon fossil fuel energy, and its use of CAFOs.