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InFocus - Scarcity: Poverty & Inequality

Student & FACULTY Research Highlights

Moravian College becomes part of the Millennial Fellowship, drawing on InFocus to organize the "1742 Model" Education Project 

August 15, 2018: 15 phenomenal Moravian students have been selected for the Millennial Fellowship/Campus Cohort. This is an incredible honor and opportunity.

United Nations Academic Impact and MCN teamed up this year to re-imagine a program that has run for 10 years, but focused on a small group of elite schools. This is the first year for the new global pilot. Students applied from 285 campuses across 57 nations for this leadership development program, but only 30 campuses worldwide (just 11%) were selected to host the 530 Millennium Fellows for 2018.

Millennium Fellows' Projects are projected to positively impact the lives of over 310,000 people worldwide this year. "The model will build upon our college’s InFocus themes of Sustainability, Peace & Justice, and Poverty & Inequality with three areas of particular focus (food reclamation & food insecurity, LGBTQ+ outreach & partnership, and housing insecurity) that have been identified as areas of need in the Lehigh Valley and have potential for tangible improvement through an initiative like the Millennium Fellowship."  Congratulations, Moravian Millennial Campus Cohort!

Ongoing collaborations, experiences, and research related to healthcare

On this page you will find examples of the way that research, scholarship, and activism from diverse disciplines at Moravian College are enhancing this year's InFocus center of investigation. Is there something that you would like to see added to this collection of examples? Are you conducting research related to this year's InFocus center of investigation?  Do you have a class-related project or SOAR experience you want to highlight? We'd love to know! Click here to email the InFocus team.


Project Title: Exploring the Intersection of Justice and Health
Major/Minor: Biochemistry, public health
Project Advisor: Dr. James Teufel


Project Title: Socio-Economic Analysis of Satellite Observations to Predict Cholera
Major/Minor: Economics, Theory and Policy track; minor in mathematics
Project Advisor: Dr. Sonia Aziz


Project Title: The Implications of An Early Warning System on Cholera Prevention in Bangladesh
Major/Minor: Public Health/Economics
Project Advisor: Dr. Sonia Aziz


Project Title: A Digital Story of Translating Research into Action: How NASA Earth Observations Reach Slums in Urban Bangladesh 
Major/Minor: Business
Project Advisor: Dr. Sonia Aziz

Honors Projects

Learn more about the Honors Program.

PJ Mindo working with Dr. Sabrina Terrizzi

PJ Mindo '16

Project Advisor: Dr. Sabrina Terrizzi

Honors thesis in Undergraduate Economic Review"Obamacare and the Fight Against Income Inequality" 

SOAR Projects

Learn more about SOAR

Christopher Shosted '20

Project Advisor: Dr. Crystal Fodrey

Title: The Rhetorics of Healthcare on Reddit: A Critical Discourse Analysis of Conservative Discourse Communities

Erin Anagnost 

Project Advisor: Dr. Tristan Gleason

Title: Towards Project-Based Citizen Science: Environmental Education and Community Action at Lehigh Valley Summerbridge

Crystal Yautz '20 & Mary Sampson '20

Project Advisor: Dr. Sarah Johnson

Title: Change Blindness & Attention to Sexual Orientation

William Pelletiers '20

Project Advisor: Dr. James Teufel

Title: Analyzing Health Determinants on Local and International Scales

Crystal Collins '17

Project Advisor: Dr. Kara Mosovsky

“Antibiotic Tolerance: Distinguishing between Classical Resistance and Persistence in a Macrophage Infection Model”

Paige Hart '17

Project Advisor: Dr. Kara Mosovsky

“Recapitulating Immuno-Antimicrobial Synergy against Escherichia coli infections”

Student Scholarship and Creative Endeavors Day

Seven students presented research connected to one of the four InFocus themes at the 13th Annual Student Scholarship and Creative Endeavors Day on April 17, 2018: 

  • Rachelle Antoine: Depression in Impoverished Mothers and Families
  • Beth Davies: Benefits of Occuptional Therapy in Alzheimer's and Dementia Patients
  • Beth Davies, Aaron Hudson: Sociolegal Needs in the Lehigh Valley
  • Katelyn Morrison: Impacts of Signage on First Year Residence Hall Recycling
  • Brandon Percey: Traumatic Brain Injuries: Understanding the Mechanism of Injury, Psychological Impact and Rehabilitation/Preventative Interventions for Adult Athletes
  • Monica Richardson: The Medicinal Biochemistry of Bile and The Formation of Gallstones

For more information on the presentations above and to see all other presentations, please see the full 2018 Scholars Day program available on the Scholars Day page