Jamie FaseltJamie Faselt, Class of 2015

Hometown: Newton, N.J.
Major: Biology and French
Career Goal: Medical anthropologist and help disenfranchised individuals and communities, in addition to becoming a clinician. “I seek to continue a patient-oriented practice in addition to conducting health research, so that I can be on the front lines of reducing health disparities,” she says.

Current Work and Research Project:

Working under Dr. Ellen Dawley in the Biology Department, Faselt did neurogenesis research with amphibians, conducting amputations and creating slides of the regenerating tissue with the cryostat. Additionally, she tried various staining techniques to identify the microglia present.

Faselt is also a research assistant to Denise Weber, APN, Ph.D. in her hometown of Newton.  In July 2013 under the tutelage of Weber, Faselt will be part of a behavioral health research team looking at health outcomes, perceptions, aging, and end of life among the Bri-Bri Indians in Costa Rica and Panama.

“The research is focused on identifying ways to increase doctor-patient communication and understanding, specifically focusing on the clinical encounters that occur between Western medical practitioners and indigenous peoples,” says Faselt. “This research is critical to developing an understanding of all global health inequalities.”

Plans to promote the common good:

Faselt plans to conduct research on health disparities and maintain a practice oriented toward reducing them.  “Through my research I will be both an investigator and an educator, as I hope to incorporate epidemiological and social science to put forth a research agenda that aims to examine the root causes of health disparities, as well as educate others and inform policy aimed explicitly at the factors that make us sick in the first place.”

Most interesting leadership experience so far:

During her junior year of high school, Faselt raised over one thousand dollars for direct relief to the victims of the earthquake in Haiti through Partners in Health: Stand with Haiti program. She gave updates on Haiti to the student-body, described Partners in Health, and relief efforts. She also started a chapter of Student Global AIDS Campaign after high school and coordinated with the AIDS Center of Morris County to have social workers and individuals with, or directly affected by, AIDS share their stories with the students during gym periods, on National AIDS Awareness Day. Since Faselt’s freshman year at Ursinus, she has been an active member of the Ursinus College Environmental Action Club where she planned the college’s Earth Day celebration and designed a recycling game for raffle tickets. She was selected as a Bonner Leader, a program based on building community through committed service and leadership. Last summer Faselt did an internship at Camphill Village, Kimberton Hills, a residential community for adults with special needs. Faselt lived in a house with four individuals with special needs and two other coworkers.