2015 Thesis Finalist: Hannah Palmer - Dying to Wait While Waiting to Die: Legalizing the Free to Choose Medicine Act
The Food and Drug Administration and the current healthcare system in America emphasize that Type I mistakes are more detrimental to society than Type II mistakes. However, in avoiding Type I mistakes, the Food and Drug Administration causes hundreds of thousands of people to die waiting for lifesaving drugs. I propose that these lost lives should not go unnoticed and; therefore, the Free to Choose Medicine Act should be legalized. This act seems to be the most logical answer to this situation because it brings drugs to ill patients faster through a Dual Track clinical trials system as well as provides patients information and trial data concerning the experimental drugs through the Tradeoff Evaluation Drug Database.
2015 Thesis Finalist: Julia Scambray - Christianity and Science, the World's Greatest Frenemies?
The Judeo-Christian Doctrine of Creation plays a crucial role in the rise of modern science because through the phenomenon of a rational, non-cyclical universe created out of nothing, Christian philosophers were encouraged to perceive the world empirically rather than by theorizing as the Greeks and Near Eastern peoples did.
2015 Thesis Finalist: William Zudock - GENE-ius Solutions for Improper Forensics: Reforms to Improve Forensic Science in the..
To ensure the accuracy and reliability of labs, accreditation should be mandatory, uniform and completed on a national level by organizations similar to the ASCLD/LAB. Furthermore, state commissions, like the Texas Forensic Commission, should be formed in every state to not only investigate negligence in labs and the court, but also to recommend new legislature that would improve forensics in their specific state. Finally, to prevent bias in forensics caused by scientists and lawyers working in the same building, comparison based forensic testing should not only be completed at labs that are independent of a police department, but the evidence should also be equally available to the defense board.