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2014 Interns

JL Ariansen
JL Ariansen
Jaweria Jamal 2014
Jaweria Jamal

Two interns worked with NIEHS Bioethicist Dr. David Resnik this summer. They participated in a seminar on ethical, legal, and regulatory issues related to research involving human subjects, attended local institutional review board meetings, and assisted Dr. Resnik with a research project on institutional conflict of interest policies.

JL Ariansen is a first year student at North Carolina Central University School of Law and a community activist in the Triangle. JL trained as a bench scientist in Chemistry and Neurobiology and graduated from UNC with a MS in Neurobiology and BA in Psychology. JL brings to NIEHS in-depth experience conducting research on topics ranging from neurotransmitter release in animal models to HIV/AIDS medication adherence in human subjects. JL is dedicated to social justice and cultivating community and enjoys sci-fi novels and tinkering with old motorcycles and trucks.

Jaweria Jamal is currently a rising third year laws student at North Carolina Central University School of Law. Born and raised in Pakistan, Jaweria speaks three languages and has a passion for traveling and community service. She earned her bachelors in Communications from North Carolina State University, where she also led a Habitat for Humanity service trip to El Salvador. She has also been active in local organizations like Stop Hunger Now. She is considering immigration law and litigation or a career in bioethics.

2013 Interns

Austin Raymond 2013
Austin Raymond
Talicia Neal 2013
Talicia Neal

Austin Raymond and Talicia Neal studied ethical, legal, and regulatory issues related to environmental health and human subjects research with Dr. Resnik during the summer of 2013 and worked with him on a project examining the misconduct policies of US research institutions.

Mr. Raymond graduated from Davidson College in 2013 with a BA in classical civilizations and a concentration in archeology. Mr. Raymond, is a first year law student at Elon Law School, is an Eagle Scout and volunteer firefighter. He is considering a career in environmental law and litigation, bioethics, or contractual or policy law.

Ms. Neal is a third year law student at Charlotte School of Law. Prior to entering law school, she served as a paralegal in the areas of products liability, environmental law, and real estate development. She also served in the legal department of a pharmaceutical company. Ms. Neal, who was born and raised in Franklinton, NC, is interested in pursuing a career in health law. She has a BA in psychology from UNC-Greensboro (1997), an MA in government from Regent University (2011), and a paralegal certificate from Meredith College (2000).

2012 Interns

2012 Intern Jennifer Evans

Jennifer Evans studied human research ethics and policy with Dr. Resnik during the summer of 2012 and worked with him on a study of compensation for research-related injury policies of US universities. Ms. Evans, who earned her JD from North Carolina Central University 2012, is interested in a career in health law. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from North Carolina State University in 2007 with a BA in Sociology.

2011 Interns

2011 Intern Gwen Babson
2011 Interns Susana Cadilha and Joana Pontes and David Resnik in the center
Susana Cadilha, David Resnik, and Joana Pontes

Gwen Babson, RN, BS, CRN-A, CRN-C, CPC-H, a third-year law student at North Carolina Central University School of Law, studied human research ethics with Dr. Resnik in the summer of 2011 and helped Dr. Resnik with research projects. Babson hails from Winnabow, N.C., and is a licensed registered nurse, a certified professional nurse auditor, and a certified professional nurse coder.

In October, 2011, two graduate students from the University of Porto, Portugal, Susanna Cadilha and Joana Pontes, studied research ethics with Dr. Resnik. They will teach classes in research ethics to graduate students at the University of Porto.

2010 Interns

2010 intern Dionne Barner standing in front a research project poster

Dionne Barner, then a law and bioethics student at Wake Forest University (WFU), served as an intern in the Bioethics Program from mid-May to early-August, 2010. When she began her internship, Ms. Barner had just completed her 3rd year in law school and was planning to finish her master's bioethics at WFU in the fall semester. Before enrolling in WFU, she earned a BA in political science from the University of Texas at Austin. During her internship, Ms. Barner participated in a weekly bioethics seminar, attended medical ethics and research ethics committee meetings, met with bioethicists in the area, and assisted Dr. Resnik with a research project, Dual use policies of biomedical research journals, which has been submitted for publication. She also helped Mr. Androphy with some tasks. Ms. Barner's internship was sponsored by DIR's Summers of Discovery Program. In December 2010, Ms. Barner graduated from WFU with a JD and an MA in Bioethics. She plans to move to Texas and practice health law.

2009 Interns

2009 intern Dan Patrone, Ph.D.

During June, July, and August 2008, Dan Patrone, Ph.D. held a bioethics internship at the NIEHS under the direction of Dr. David B. Resnik through the Summers of Discovery Program.  Dr. Patrone has a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Albany and is enrolled in a master’s program in bioethics at Union Graduate College/Mt. Sinai School of Medicine.  Dr. Patrone participated in a weekly seminar, attended ethics committee meetings, met with bioethics professors, and assisted Dr. Resnik with several projects, including a study of the discussion of alternatives to research participation in informed consent documents, an investigation of the misconduct policies of social sciences journals, and an analysis of ethical and policy issues relating to rationing of ventilators during pandemics. 

2008 Interns

2008 intern Winnon Brunson standing in front of research poster on research misconduct policies of scientific journals

During June and July 2008, Winnon Brunson Jr. held a bioethics internship at the NIEHS under the direction of Dr. David B. Resnik through the Summers of Discovery Program. Mr. Brunson, who is from St. Louis, Mo., will be a junior at Grinnell College in 2008 – 2009. He is majoring in philosophy and is planning to pursue a career in public health. Mr. Brunson participated in a weekly seminar, attended ethics committee meetings, met with bioethics professors, and assisted Dr. Resnik with a project on the research misconduct policies of scientific journals. Mr. Brunson sent emails to a random sample of 400 journals from the ISI Science Citation Index and categorized and recorded their responses to requests for information. He also gathered data on the journals' impact factors, publishers, nationalities, and disciplines.

2008 guest researcher Weiqin Jeng

Weiqin Zeng, a graduate student at Xiamen University in China, received a scholarship from the China Research Council to study with Dr. David Resnik. From August 2008 to February 2009, she worked with Dr. Resnik as a guest researcher at NIEHS. Ms. Zeng studied the ethics of scientific research and helped to prepare a paper titled "Research Integrity in China: Problems and Prospects," which was submitted for publication. Ms. Zeng has a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Philosophy from Xiamen University, and is working toward completing her Ph.D. in Philosophy. Ms. Zeng has been a lecturer at Xiamen University since 2001, where she has taught courses in professional ethics, moral education and legal reasoning. She has a husband, Zulong, and a daughter, Milla, age 12.

2007 Interns

2007 Interns Jason V. Altilio and Nancy N. Wang

Three students had internships with NIEHS bioethicist Dr. David B. Resnik in the Summer of 2007. Two of the interns, Jason V. Altilio and Nancy N. Wang, were part of the NIEHS Summers of Discovery Program. The third intern, Christina Ford, is a post-doctoral student who will working as a guest researcher at the NIEHS until May 2008. The interns assisted Dr. Resnik with his research, performed their own research under Dr. Resnik’s supervision, attended seminars and lectures, and participated in experiential learning activities, such as visiting ethics committee meetings. Mr. Altilio and Ms. Wang also presented posters at the Summers of Discovery Poster Session.

Mr. Altilio is currently working towards a PhD in Philosophy at the City University of New York's Graduate Center. He has a BA in Philosophy from Long Island University in Brooklyn. He switched his major to Philosophy in his third year of study at Long Island University, after studying Pharmacy and earning a pharmacy intern license. His primary research areas are normative and applied ethics, and his bioethics interests range from ethics in pharmacy to research ethics. Additionally, as an Ethics Fellow at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City, Mr. Altilio assists in the bioethics portion of the medical students' education.

Dr. Ford graduated in 2004 with a PhD in Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology from the University of Miami, FL. Her research was supported in part by an HHMI pre-doctoral fellowship, and investigated the biochemical properties of a novel calcium-binding protein called tescalcin. She received her AB in Chemistry from Rollins College in Winter Park, FL. She has been a stay-at-home mom since the birth of her daughter in 2004. Dr. Ford has a long standing interest in biomedical ethics, and her graduate training reaffirmed the importance of research ethics and integrity. Her specific interests focus on the ethical dilemmas within basic science and genomic research, especially the conflicts of interests that occur between trainees, scientists, institutions and granting agencies.

Ms. Wang, a rising junior undergraduate student at Duke University, is pursuing a Psychology Major with a concentration in Neuroscience, and a Chinese Minor. Ms. Wang is also a pre-med student pursuing a certificate in Global Health. Last summer, she was only one of five students from the United States accepted into the 2006 European Summer Academy on Bioethics held in Ludwigshafen, Germany. Additionally, she was accepted to the Young Leaders Summit on Global Health held in New York City in October of 2006. She hopes to continue in her studies in medicine and become a physician with a special interest in Bioethics.

2006 Interns

2006 Interns Karey Sutton and Andrea Northup and Dr. Resnik in the middle

In 2006, Dr. Resnik hosted two interns through the Summers of Discovery Program, Karey Sutton and Andrea Northup. The interns conducted their own research under Dr. Resnik’s supervision; helped Dr. Resnik with his research and other projects; participated in a weekly bioethics seminar; attended Summers of Discovery events; such as seminars at the NIEHS; and took part in experiential learning activities, such as attending ethics committee or institutional review board meetings. The interns also both presented posters during the Summers of Discovery poster session on July 26.

Intern Sutton presenting her poster at the Summers of Discovery Poster Session

Ms. Sutton, who is from Greensboro, NC, is a 2004 graduate of Howard University with a BS in Chemistry and a BA in Classical Civilization. She is currently a graduate student at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, in the department of Science and Technology in Society and is enrolled in the doctoral program, with an emphasis on bioethics and science and technology policy. In her doctoral research, she is studying the attitudes and views of minorities concerning genetic testing and research, under the direction of her advisor at Virginia Tech, Dr. Doris Zallen. Her poster was titled "Does Race Matter?: An Ethical Analysis of the Development of Race Specific Medications."

Intern Northup standing in front of her poster during the Summers of Discovery Poster Session

Ms. Northup, from Southbury, CT, is a rising junior at Tufts University, where she is studying Environmental Engineering and Community Health. In the future she hopes to receive an MPH and pursue her interests in public health and health care policy. Her poster was titled "Community Health Centers: Strategies for Stability and Growth."

2005 Interns

In the summer of 2005, two students did internships with David Resnik, JD, PhD, NIEHS’ bioethicist and Vice Chair of the IRB. The interns conducted their own research, under Dr. Resnik’s supervision; helped Dr. Resnik with his research, participated in a weekly bioethics seminar; attended other seminars at the NIEHS, Duke, or UNC; prepared materials to be posted on the NIEH’s bioethics webpage; and took part in experiential learning activities, such as attending ethics committee meetings.

Caitlin Jones, who is from Pittsburgh, PA, just completed her third year of study at Princeton University with a concentration in bioethics. She conducted research on the impact of biotechnology on parenthood and family dynamics. Work completed at the NIEHS will help Ms. Jones to prepare for her senior thesis at Princeton, under the direction of Robert George (Professor of Jurisprudence, Princeton). Ms. Jones’ internship was part of the NIEHS Summers of Discovery program.

Dan Vorhaus, from Chapel Hill, NC, just completed his first year at Harvard Law School. Mr. Vorhaus has an AB from Duke University with a joint major in philosophy and computer science, and an MA from Lancaster University in Genetics, Culture, and Society. Mr. Vorhaus’ internship was supported by Harvard’s Summer Public Interest Funding program.

Dr. Resnik is named Vice Chair of the NIEHS Institutional Review Board for Human Subjects Research

2004

David B. Resnik, JD, PhD, replaces Richard Sharp as NIEHS bioethicist.

2002

Richard Sharp leaves NIEHS.

1997

Richard Sharp, PhD, appointed as the first NIEHS bioethicist.

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