Sharing Work on Appalachia in Progress (SWAP)

The spring 2021 SWAP dates and student presenters/topics are:

Tuesday, Feb. 23

  • Dane Ritter, English: “Maybe Mountain: The Devastating Poetry of Mountaintop Removal” (James Brown award recipient)  
  • Rachael Blandau, political science: “Substantive Political Representation in Rural Kentucky” (James Brown award recipient)

Tuesday, March 2

  • Courtney Walker, epidemiology: “Environmental Risk Factors for Gestational Hypertension in Kentucky” (Eller/Billings award recipient)  
  • Kathleen Williams, forestry and natural resources: “Survival and Cause-Specific Mortality of Elk Calves in Kentucky” (Eller/Billings award recipient)

Tuesday, March 30

  • Sia Beasley, anthropology; “Reproducing Marginalization: Cultural Politics of Obstetric Service Closures in the Rural United States” (James Brown award recipient)  
  • Alisha Mays, anthropology; “An Appalachian Narrative of Food Justice: What Happens to Locally Produced Foodstuffs in Appalachian Eastern Kentucky” (James Brown award recipient)

Tuesday, April 13

  • Jade Hollan, educational, school, and counseling psychology: “Kentucky Appalachians’ Intentions to Use Telemental Health” (James Brown award recipient)  
  • Madeline Dunfee, epidemiology-biostatistics: “Conducting Social Network Analysis Among Adults with Cardiometabolic Disease in Appalachia” (James Brown award recipient)

Tuesday, April 28

  • Carson Benn, history: “Broadcasting Region: The Midwest Program on Airborne Television Instruction and the Case for an Appalachian Network” (James Brown award recipient)  
  • Lauren Hudson, neuroscience and biology (undergraduate): “Enhancing Cancer Literacy Among Appalachian Kentucky Middle and High School Students” (Eller/Billings award  recipient)

Two James Brown award recipients, Annie Koempel (anthropology) and Rebecca Ellen Tucker (education policy studies and evaluation), presented their research last semester. Koempel's presentation was titled “Embodied Insecurities: Socio-Economic Status, Eating Patterns, and Metabolic Health." Tucker's presentation was titled “Berea College's Commitment to Appalachia Kentucky.”

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