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Samantha Ha

Senior CSCG Fellow

The Center for Science and the Common Good appealed to me because I think that the relationship between science and its ethics and its influences on society are often not emphasized enough. I care about how science affects us and the reasons we pursue it, and I want to be able to play a role in encouraging others to question the intentions of science as well. I think that there is often a dichotomy between science and the humanities, but I feel that there is a deep underlying relationship between the two. I wanted to be part of an organization that could breach the gap between the two. Therefore, I aim to pursue this interdisciplinary relationship in my life after Ursinus by pursuing teaching, with the intentions of teaching science ethics courses in a university setting. 

My Major / Minor / Campus Organizations

Major in Biology / Minors in Philosophy and Applied Ethics / Bonner Leader, Ursinus Tour Guide, Escape Velocity

My Research

I am part of Prof. Rebecca Roberts’ research group analyzing the effects environmental estrogens have on a lysosomal protease, cathepsin, and their corresponding influence on breast cancer. I am specifically studying the estrogens, E2, Bisphenol A (BPA), Bisphenol S (BPS), and Bisphenol F (BPF), which have historically been found in many polycarbonate plastics, epoxy resins, thermal paper, and canned products. This research is relevant because there has been high exposure to these estrogens in the past, and it is necessary to ensure that they are banned from products if they have prominent negative effects. I have been participating in this research since freshman year, and I further delved into this project over the summer during Summer Fellows.

My CSCG Courses

POL-399 (Science and the Common Good); POL-354 (Global Health); PHIL-344 (Lying and Self Defense); PHIL-344 (Blame and Shame)

Life After Ursinus

I care about how science affects us and the reasons we pursue it. Because I want to encourage others to question the intentions of science, I aim to teach science ethics courses in a university setting.