Coaches: Sunny Ysa
Tuesday, April 19th
4:00 PM

Bridging Gaps in Burma’s Education: The Role of Migrant Schools Along the Thai-Burma Border

Paal Nilssen

Science 159

4:00 PM - 4:15 PM

Burma’s military government has kept many of its colleges closed for the past 20 years for fear of another student-led uprising for democracy. Some 25 percent of Burma’s budget is allocated to the military compared with only 1.3 percent for education. Lack of funding makes Burma’s education system one of the weakest in Southeast Asia. Thus, many students leave the country to find education in Mae Sot, a Thai-Burma border town, where grassroots organizations provide funding for migrant ethnic minorities. I examine the effects of grassroots organizations on migrant communities and how education, as a perceived form of success, can also be a form of political resistance. Organizational efforts make it possible for migrant children to receive an education and return to their native villages in Burma to teach future generations.

4:15 PM

Effects of the Healthcare Service Gap on Residents (Age 65 and Older) of Marin County, California

Cat Mulanax

Science 159

4:15 PM - 4:30 PM

The health outcomes and demographics of residents of Marin County, California who are at least 65 years old were analyzed for three population groups: residents that fall below the 100% federal poverty line (FPL), residents that fall between the 100%-300% FPL, and residents that are over the 300% FPL. Survey data from the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) were used to examine diabetes, immunizations, access to health care, and health behaviors. The 100%-300% FPL cohort is particularly interesting since these individuals do not qualify for welfare services like free healthcare but are also not wealthy enough to be in the self-sufficiency population to easily and independently afford healthcare. Being stuck in this service gap creates hardships that affect health and well being. This study explored hardships faced by these individuals and policy changes to better serve this population.

4:30 PM

Fungus in Your Beer: Using GMOs to Fight Global Famine

Alexander Hulse

Science 159

4:30 PM - 4:45 PM

In a modern U.S. culture of anti-science rhetoric, it is important that the fear surrounding GMOs does not prevent subsistence and commercial farmers from protecting their barley from almost certain destruction due to the spread of highly virulent pathogens. Wheat stem rust is a common barley fungal pathogen found across the world in a variety of species. Current resistance genes have provided durable resistance to different stem rust species for many years and are of interest in developing further resistance mechanisms against the newest stem rust threat, Ug99, which has the potential to wipe out the majority of the world’s barley due to its strong virulence. Naturally occurring resistance genes can be used to genetically modify barley to protect world food supplies of barley, and thus GMOs need to stop being blacklisted by society.

Medicine as Balance: A Fusion of Traditional and Biomedical Children’s Healthcare in Bali

Lily Monsey

Science 159

4:30 PM - 4:45 PM

Why are mothers choosing to integrate traditional herbal medicines with increasingly prevalent biomedicines in rural regions of Bali? Why do traditional medicines endure given the increased availability of biomedicine? I explore how Balinese mothers consider and choose traditional and biomedical forms of healthcare for their young children. I use examples from traditional Balinese philosophy, current forms of government-sponsored biomedical healthcare and medical anthropological theory as lenses through which to examine why parents choose different types of medicines for their sick children. I examine how traditional and biomedicines are being merged to create an inclusive, integrative form of pediatric healthcare.

4:45 PM

Sowing Change: Agro-ecology and Alternative Development in Ecuador

Erin Walters

Science 159

4:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Organic, small-scale farming in the Andes, also known as agro-ecology, has a rich history and immense possibility for socio-economic empowerment. Despite this potential, agro-ecology barely figures into global plans for “sustainable development,” which revolve around carbon markets. It also has little credibility with those who believe that biotechnology, pesticides and synthetic fertilizers represent the future of farming. As a small, non-industrialized country, Ecuador has many networks of small farmers but fewer institutionalized examples of small, sustainable agriculture. I studied various cases of agro-ecology in Cuenca (a midsize city in the south of Ecuador), their involvement with concepts of development and sustainability, and their position relative to local and national governments. In my presentation I explore what is gained and lost when regional governments, as opposed to community networks, direct agro-ecology initiatives.