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UNMC: Public Health Research Interns Help Advance Cancer Health Outcomes

During Summer 2019, the National Cancer Institute-funded Youth Enjoy Science (YES) Research Internship had four active public health research interns working with several faculty members of the College of Public Health on various projects with a cancer health outcome.

Ms. Bobbie McWilliams, an undergraduate at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, is working on an art-based case study of skin cancer examining the effects of cancer on the mind, body, and spirit with Dr. Regina Robbins. The AMA Journal of Ethics invited Ms. McWilliams to contribute a manuscript on this case study in a forthcoming issue on “Medicine and Portraiture”.

Ms. Erica Lafferty, an undergraduate at Oglala Lakota College and the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, participated in an internship with Dr. Evi Farazi’s lab investigating the relationship between Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) and cancer in mouse models. Through this internship, she gained insight into the field of epidemiology and learned how to perform analytical techniques such as Western Blots.

Mr. Alec Ferreira, an undergraduate at Creighton University, is currently interning with Dr. Chandran Achutan. He is learning about the field of Occupational Health and exposure assessment. He is developing a project to investigate the cancer risk of tribal wildland firefighters through the assessment of personal protective equipment and personal exposure monitoring.

Ms. Mariah Abney, an undergraduate at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, previously participated in an internship under Dr. Youri Pavlov’s lab in the Buffett Cancer Center. She is now working with Dr. Regina Robbins to look at ways to increase awareness of cancer prevention and cancer resources within the urban Native American community through targeted social media marketing.

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