Parlee Center for Science and the Common Good

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Omar Elghawy

Junior Parlee Center Fellow

I am a Parlee Center fellow because I am interested in how what I am learning in my science classes can be applied to the average person, or rather society.I have learned through the Parlee Center that science is not only about finding the newest discovery or talking amongst scientists, but rather the opposite. Science is about discovering things that will be helpful to the average person or even society as a whole. I am thankful for the speakers of the Parlee Center and of course the faculty of the Parlee Center and hope to contribute to them after my time here at Ursinus. After Ursinus I plan to go to medical school and get my MD and later specialize in ophthalmology. Afterwards, I shall look for ways to use my newfound skills to ultimately make the world a better place to the best of my ability.

My Major / Minor / Campus Organizations

Major in Biochemistry  / Minor in Arabic  / Ethics/ Part of MSA/ BAPS/ MAPS

My Research

 My research involves working with Dr. Dawley in order to analyze how forest type affects white footed mice populations, and how this correlates to the risk of Lyme disease in that particular area. Similar to the Bio 101 study that is required, it involves setting up grids, nest boxes, handling mice and dealing with other issues that naturally arise when working outside of the laboratory. Although a new project, great progress has been made and I am excited for what lies ahead.

My Parlee Center Fellow Courses

POL-399 (Science and the Common Good); Arabic 111

Life After Ursinus

The Parlee Center has helped me not only as a scientist, but as an individual. It has shown to me that science has a much larger impact in the forms of ethics and communication to other groups than it does to scientists alone. I hope to someday apply what I learned from the Parlee Center to my profession as an ophthalmologist so that I can apply the goals of the Parlee Center to my life.