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June 14, 2002


DALLAS (SMU) -- Two Southern Methodist University anthropology doctoral students have recently received awards from professional organizations.

Sharon Young of Fort Worth won first place in the student poster competition held at the Society for Applied Anthropology’s 62nd annual meeting in Atlanta. Young won $500 for her poster titled “Social Inequity at the U.S.-Mexico Border: Respiratory Disease and Environmental Risk.” Young’s research focuses on how an impoverished population responds to environmental threat given limited resources and the costs that burden this population as a result of industrialization and pollution.

Arushi Sinha of Dallas won the Society for Medical Anthropology’s Steven Polgar Paper Prize, which is awarded annually to a professional medical anthropologist for the best paper published in SMA’s journal, Medical Anthropological Quarterly. This prize, which also includes a $500 award, was created in honor of three anthropologists who pioneered investigation of relationships between culture, social structure, biology, ecology, and health and illness.

Sinha won the prize for an article titled “An Overview of Telemedicine: The Virtual Gaze of Health Care in the Next Century.” Sinha’s research focuses on describing telemedicine and its effect on the doctor-patient relationship, and the need that telemedicine fulfills with respect to the clinical and corporate objectives of biomedicine.