Regan Gearhart, Nancy Lopez Sosa, and Danielle Yushinski presented their original research in a poster format at the annual meeting for applied anthropologists. The 77th meeting, titled "Trails, Traditions, and New Directions," was held in Santa Fe, New Mexico, from March 28 to April 1, 2017.
Regan Gearhart represented IUP with a student poster titled "Perceptions and Fears of Vaccinations in Rural Pennsylvania." Her research is based on in-depth interviews conducted during her departmental honors thesis on practices and beliefs of parents and providers around vaccinations.
Nancy Lopez Sosa presented her poster, "Perceptions of the Relationship between Alcohol Use and Cancer among Young Mexican Immigrant and Mexican American Women." This original research investigates Hispanic women's local beliefs about the connection between alcohol use and cancer.
Danielle Yushinski presented her poster, "Perceptions of Mental Illness in a College Population." In this investigation, Yushinski identifies college student's understanding of mental health services and the role of stigma in preventing students from seeking mental health care.
Each of these research projects fall under the domain of applied anthropology, or the use of anthropological methods to solve social problems.
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