Bobby Harris’08 is site director for an innovative center that provides shelter and care for people with Covid.

Meeting People Where They Are

Bobby Harris’08 is part of a diverse, multidisciplinary team serving Baltimore’s most vulnerable citizens during the pandemic. He was drawn to public health as a way of fighting social injustice.

Shanna Dell’10 opted to take a clinical post during the pandemic so she could care for sick people the way she would want to be treated.

Fighting Covid on Multiple Fronts

Public health professional Shanna Dell’10 typically works with nurse-centered HIV pre-exposure prevention, but Covid has changed everything. In her new roles, she’s taking inspiration from fellow nurses who were working with HIV patients long before the disease’s transmission was understood.


Can computer science improve how physicians diagnose Coronary Artery Disease?

Computer Science major Prince John ’22 and Mathematics major Bipin Gc ’22 worked with Professory Eyad Haj Said this summer as part of the Pakula Biomedical Fellowship. Their research explored whether data mining and machine learning models could offer a non-invasive method of early detection for Coronary Artery Disease.


Reduction in frailty in South-Eastern Germany due to the 14th-century mortality crises

Sophia Francis ’21, an anthropology and Russian double major and Museum studies minor, worked with professor Leslie Williams this summer as part of the Pakula Biomedical Fellowship examining skeletal dentition as an indicator of stress.


The methodology of conducting research: Historical trauma, physician trust, and preterm birth in African American women

Biology major Ardita Fardilovski ’21 worked with professor Helen Werner to examine trends in preterm births in African American women as part of the Pakula Biomedical Fellowship.


Using data mining techniques for predicting and clustering of Chronic Kidney Disease

As a Pakula Biomedical Scholar, Mathematics and Computer Science major, Mahima Sharma ’21 worked with Professor Eyad Haj Said to apply data mining techniques to predict Chronic Kidney Disease.

Michael Lafayette ’20 observing in field

Genetic research on live Red-winged Blackbirds

Gabrie Simmons

Life after pandemic: Lessons from post-mortality crisis Germans

This summer Gabrie Simmons ’22, biology major and Spanish minor, participated in the Pakula Biomedical Fellowship.  She worked with anthropology professor, Leslie Williams to examine the prevalence of periodontal disease in response to stress caused by the Black Death in Germany.

Josie Lindsey-Robbins ’17

Red-winged Blackbird Nestling Research Published by the American Ornithological Society

The American Ornithological Society published an article about Ken Yasukawa’s research regarding the behavior of baby Red-winged Blackbirds in the presence of predators. Beloit alums–Jessi Sollengerger ’16, Josie Lindsey-Robbins ’17, and Ellie DeBruyn ’20–participated in this research during their time here as students.

Jennifer Pantelios’19 belongs to a revolving collective of students who tend Beloit’s Urban Garden, casually known as the “BUG.” Last year, she started a garden composting system that involves volunteers, a wagon, and kitchen scraps, as well as some muscle.

Growing Local

Veggies in Beloit’s Urban Garden grow just two blocks from where they end up on Commons dinner plates. The student-run garden is teaching problem-solving skills and generating a bumper crop of love and appreciation … for compost.