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Master of Arts in

Bioethics & Science Policy

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Deniz Ariturk

Deniz Ariturk

I graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2017 with a degree in Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology and a fascination by the ethical questions that lie at the intersection of these fields. At Duke, I hope to apply my research background in human memory and moral judgment to relevant policy and legal issues and learn how non-scientists engage with science. I am most passionate about the field of neuroethics and its ability to address age-old curiosities about human morality, identity and agency using novel insights offered by brain science. After my time in the MA program, I wish to delve deeper into neuroethics research and collaborate with policy and law-makers to extend the reach of this field beyond the confines of academia in order to alleviate real-world injustices and suffering.

 

Kellilyn Arnold

Kellilyn Arnold

I graduated from High Point University with a Bachelors Degree in Biology with a concentration in Health Science. I plan to pursue a career as a Doctor of Optometry. Growing up in rural upstate New York opened my eyes to the pervasive health disparities that characterize healthcare in this country. Healthcare is a vital resource that should not be limited by income or location. Through my education at Duke I hope to learn what I as a future health professional can do to help more people access safe and affordable care.

 

Bobbie Burrows

Bobbie Burrows

I am a joint-degree student pursuing a JD and MA in Bioethics & Science Policy at Duke. I graduated from Wartburg College in 2016 where I was a part of the Engineering Science program. I joined the MA in Bioethics and Science Policy program because I have a fascination with technology and new ideas that emerge into the world and the legal and ethical implications that accompany them. After graduation I hope to work in Intellectual Property and possibly Patent Law.

 

Tabitha Colter

Tabitha Colter

My time at Furman University where I double majored in Physics and Philosophy was filled with amazing opportunities that allowed me to discover a passion for the intersection of science and society. Experiences such as a semester trip in India studying development policy in health and education and energy, and conference presentations of research from an internship at Oak Ridge National Laboratory peaked my interest in the communication and policies surrounding science. I spent the summer of my senior year in D.C. working for the House Energy and Commerce Committee where I was able to observe and engage directly in science policy efforts. After graduating in 2017, I spent a year in Thailand where I taught math and science in and experienced public engagement with science at the ground level. My hope for the Duke MA in Bioethics and Science Policy is that it will continue to feed my curiosity for scientific and philosophical thought around policies that can best serve the needs of our global community.

 

Morris Fabbri

Morris Fabbri

I graduated from the University of Michigan in 2016, where I received a B.A. in Philosophy, Political Science, and Economics. After graduation, I worked in various positions in medicine, doing cardiology research, shadowing doctors for a month in Argentina, and most recently working as an ER scribe, all while trying to get into medical school. I chose to come to Duke for this master’s program instead because I was not convinced I could effectively address societal inequalities and inadequacies as a doctor. I hope to use my time at Duke to better understand how interactions between scientists and policymakers affect society, and I want to figure out where within the web of conflicting ideas and interests I can fit in and do the most good.

 

Courtni France

Courtni France

I am a student in the MA in Bioethics & Science Policy program . I have a BS in Anthropology from Ohio State University and had a premed focus. After college, I completed a service year with AmeriCorps at UH Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio where I served as the tobacco cessation coach to pregnant woman in the MacDonald’s Women’s Clinic. I am mostly interested in women’s health and how socioeconomic factors, policy, and society can impact health outcomes. After completing my Master’s, I hope to pursue my medical degree and serve abroad with Doctor’s Without Borders.

 

Sage Gustafson

Sage Gustafson

I have always been fascinated by the art of engaging people, and the moment when that engagement can become life changing. This fascination propelled me into the world of music, and in 2017 I graduated from Oregon State University with an H.B.S. in music, specifically flute performance. During the course of that program however, I had a life changing experience that pulled me out of a career in music and refocused my fascination on the role of inequality in healthcare. Motivated by my frustration with injustices, I decided to pursue a medical degree with the goal of dual enrolling in a MPH or Bioethics program. The MA in Bioethics and Science Policy program at Duke is giving me the opportunity to study the systemic ways biases influence health care, and the practical tools to address the resulting health disparities. I still plan to acquire a medical degree after I complete this program and pursue a career in health care advocacy and education.

 

Kelly Hamachi

Kelly Hamachi

I am a joint JD/MA student in the Bioethics & Science Policy program here at Duke. In 2015, I graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a BA in public health. After college, I spent a year working at Stanford University’s Clinical Excellence Research Center examining ways to lower the cost of health care delivery. As a dual degree student, I am interested in the legal and ethical aspects of research, clinical trials, and the use of health care technologies.

 

Kevin Kallmes

Kevin Kallmes

I am a rising 2L student at Duke University Law School, where I hope to gain the requisite skills to become involved in the legal aspects of healthcare and technology transactions in 2020. I am concurrently completing an MA in Bioethics and Science Policy, which I hope contributes to my further understanding of medical technology regulation. I recently finished an internship in Neuroethics with the BRAIN Initiative at the National Institutes of Health. I created risk assessments concerning the data sharing and privacy ethical questions for novel neurotechnologies. Lastly, I am the President of Superior Medical Experts, Inc, in which capacity I oversee medical research and writing projects. I have contributed to over 150 medical publications and helped compose grants concerning stroke embolectomy devices, immunotherapies, and neuroregenerative therapies.

 

Karina Moy

Karina Moy

After graduating from Williams College in 2014 with degrees in English and biology, I worked at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York on an investigation of Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities fraud. I gained an appreciation for the power and meticulousness of law and sought to combine my passion for human health with a legal education at Duke. I am currently pursuing a joint JD/MA in Bioethics & Science Policy.

I am involved in Duke’s Cancer Pro Bono Project and am eager to take advantage of more clinics, clubs, and course offerings relating to healthcare in the coming years. Though I anticipate this program greatly broadening my career horizons, for now I hope to become a federal prosecutor to protect healthcare rights and access for all Americans.

 

Sophia McNatton

Sophia McNatton

I graduated from NC State University with a BS in Genetics. During my time at State, I was involved in research projects that spanned topics from understanding the genes underlying different tail shapes in cichlid fish to improving breeding efforts in Christmas trees. While I enjoyed my time pursuing traditional lab work, the most formative experiences in my undergraduate career came working as a teaching assistant in the biochemistry department. Working with other students led me to discover a love for science education and communication, which resulted in my decision to further explore these topics in graduate school. By pursuing my master’s degree through Duke’s Bioethics and Science Policy program, I hope to one day improve discussion surrounding many topics in bioethics, particularly in the areas of animal ethics and environmental policy.

 

Armani Porter

Armani Porter

I am from New Orleans, Louisiana. In May 2018, I received a B.A. in Neuroscience (Pre-Med) and Theology from the University of Notre Dame. During undergraduate, I conducted research in various fields including Moral Psychology, Cognitive Science of Religion, Catholic Theology, and Cancer Physiology. Through this work, I have been affiliated with the University of Connecticut, National University of Singapore, and La Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile. I have also interned within the Department of Pediatric Gastroenterology at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. After graduation, I intend to pursue a career in academia and law and am particularly interested in intellectual property as it relates to Traditional Knowledge in indigenous communities.

 

Ben Shepard

Ben Shepard

I earned a BA in New Media Studies from the University at Buffalo. After graduation, I went on to build one of Western New York’s leading web development companies: 360PSG. As a partner and Creative Director there, I managed brand and design direction, developed internal marketing strategy and corresponding design material, and consulted with new and existing clients to develop their own web marketing solutions.

In 2015, I transitioned to Duke University, joining the Initiative for Science & Society as Associate Director of Marketing & Communications. The shift has provided much desired exposure to a wide variety of scientific and social topics. While I’m particularly interested in burgeoning tech and issues surrounding data privacy, I am endlessly curious about any research that currently pushes the bounds of human progress. I look forward to expanding my knowledge in science, policy, and ethics as they relate to science communication, journalism, and public engagement.

 

Kelly Todd

Kelly Todd

I am a student in the JD/MA in Bioethics & Science Policy program. I graduated from the College of William and Mary with a BA in Psychology and Health Psychology in 2015. During my undergraduate education I worked on an NIH-funded EEG study that looked at attentional biases in children towards tobacco and alcohol-related stimuli. Following college, I spent a year working in trauma psychology research, where I became interested in the legal side of scientific invention and innovation. I decided to pursue an education in science and the law so that in the future I may hopefully have the opportunity to work in intellectual property as it pertains to the life sciences.

 

Jenny Wang

Jenny Wang

I am a joint degree student currently pursuing a JD and MA in Bioethics & Science Policy. After graduating from Duke with a BS in Biology, I taught high school science for two years in rural North Carolina as a Teach For America corps member. I return to Duke hoping to find the same interdisciplinarity I enjoyed as an undergraduate as I explore the relationship between science and the law. I am ultimately interested in a career in intellectual property litigation.

 

Cole Wilhelmi

Cole Wilhelmi

I am a joint degree candidate pursuing a JD and MA in Bioethics and Science Policy. I earned my bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in May of 2016. I worked for a year at the UNC Environmental Finance Center, where I assisted in research projects related to public utility finance and water system rate structures. In law school, I am actively involved in Duke Environmental Law Society and Health Law Society. I am specifically interested in how new developments in medical technology, forensics, and gene editing inform the way that judges apply existing laws and how policymakers create new laws to accommodate scientific innovations.

 

Rishita Yeduri

Rishita Yeduri

I graduated from East Carolina University in 2018 with a degree in Biology and a minor in statistics. My aspirations of becoming a physician were confined to the treatment of patients but I came to understand that medicine is more of an art than a science. In an effort to delve into the art, I did research at the Brody School of Medicine. Getting the opportunity to present at research conferences across the nation exposed me to the interdisciplinary nature of medicine. The impact certain policies had on research methodologies really intrigued me. I wanted to gain a better understanding of past and current science policies to allow my work to transcend beyond the research lab and into the patient room. After graduation, I pursued one of my passions of teaching by becoming an AmeriCorps VISTA for a nonprofit focused on creating resilient and empowered youth. Through this experience, I observed various societal inequalities, especially in marginalized communities. I realized that cultural competency and trust are at the forefront of health care. I hope to gain trust with individuals and become aware of ethical complexities that might arise in healthcare. I am pursuing this MA in Bioethics and Science Policy to be a better-informed physician and bridge the healthcare inequality gap in the future.