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Last Friday, the HHIVE lab held an orientation for the four new student volunteers. Their projects will range from interviewing medical school admissions committee members, reviewing the curriculum of medical/health humanities programs at different institutions, examining the impact of Electronic Medical Records on how physicians write about their patients, and facilitating more collaboration with faculty from the allied health departments.


Marcus Valcarce-Aspegren is a junior majoring in interdisciplinary studies with a focus on ethnobotany. His minors include chemistry and medicine, literature, and culture and he is interested in comparative medicine, public health policy, and music. In his spare time he enjoys listening to music and reading poetry out loud.

Sadiyya Ingawa is a junior health policy and management major and medicine, literature, and culture minor. Her interests include various public health topics relating to cancer care and global health, specifically patient outcomes, health disparities, and quality of care. She is also interested in examining how incorporating emotional expression exercises (e.g. writing narratives, journals, etc.) in the treatment plans of surgical oncology and pediatric oncology patients affects their outcomes. In her free time she enjoys reading, baking, cooking, and exercising.

Allie Polk is a junior environmental heath sciences major and minor in entrepreneurship. Her interests range from storytelling and epidemiology to policy and music and she has recently been intrigued by the intersection of urban planning and health. Her interests include graphic design, searching for coffeeshops, and exploring with her friends.

Morgan Noel is a junior anthropology major and Spanish for the professions and chemistry minor. She is interested in the humanitarian aspect of the medicine and literature courses and the specifically behavioral aspects of medicine. In her free time she enjoys going for runs and playing piano.

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