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Drexel: Student Wins Competition for Work on Access to Clean Water

Ms. Ruby Bayliss, a doctoral student in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health won the student poster competition at the 2019 Field of Dreams Conference, held by the Math Alliance, The National Alliance for Doctoral Studies in the Mathematical Sciences.

The poster, “Spatial Statistical Methods to Assess the Relationship Between Water Violations and Poverty at the County Level: In America, Who has Access to Clean Water?” explored Ms. Bayliss’s research on the relationship between counties with low socioeconomic status and access to clean drinking water within the United States.

“This research was motivated by the Flint, Michigan Water crisis of 2014, which brought national attention to the importance of safe drinking water. It also raised the question of which sociodemographic groups are more vulnerable for a water violation to occur within their community. I expected that counties with lower socioeconomic status would more likely be exposed to water violations, however, the opposite was true since many of the socioeconomic measures were protective,” Ms. Bayliss says.

She completed her project working with faculty member Dr. Loni Tabb, associate professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at Dornsife.

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