Inquiring minds

An illustration of a mid-seventeenth-century lamb to human blood transfusion (Science Photo Library)

An illustration of a mid-seventeenth-century lamb to human blood transfusion (Science Photo Library)

A new edition of Inquiry, the UNH undergraduate online journal of research has just been published. Several Liberal Arts students are featured in research articles and commentaries, including Jennifer Allen, a pre-med student with a minor in history who has an interest in the history of medicine. She worked with Professor Marion Girard Dorsey on research into the history and practice of bloodletting and blood transfusions.

“I found many interesting articles and much information,” writes Allen, “such as a video which described an early transfusion technique that used goose quills in place of needles and lamb’s blood for the transfusion…. I learned that cadaver blood was used for transfusions in the 1920s by the Soviet Union, and the first mobile blood service was established during the Spanish Civil War. I further found that transfusion medicine was spurred by the many advances in transfusion techniques made during wartime, especially during World War II.  Examples were the invention of blood bags and the discovery of plasma. I began to envision how political, societal, and scientific factors like wars, technological innovations, and race influenced blood transfusion medicine.”

Read more about Allen’s research experience.

Other Liberal Arts research stories include:

In the Shadow of Court-Clearing: The New Hampshire Supreme Court’s Struggle for Autonomy
by Cory McKenzie (Mentor: Jessica M. Lepler)
Cory McKenzie’s curiosity for New Hampshire legislative history led him to discover that a nineteenth-century trend for abolishing the state court is still a pertinent constitutional issue today.

“Who Will [Independence] Please but Ambitious Men?”: Rebels, Loyalists, and the Language of Liberty in the American Revolution
by Alexa Price (Mentor: Eliga Gould)
Alexa Price studied documents written by New Hampshire loyalists during the American revolutionary period and learned that the loyalists shared a common rhetoric of liberty with their patriot neighbors.

Interviewing the Street Children of Mekelle City, Ethiopia: Their Plight and What Help Public and Private Organizations Offer
by Merhawi Wells-Bogue (Mentors: Lisa C. Miller, Eden Fitsum)
Merhawi Wells-Bogue visited his home country, Ethiopia, and was inspired to use his journalism training to help the street children there.

Investigating the Presence of a Red Zone for Unwanted Sexual Experiences among College Students: Class Year and Gender
by Elizabeth Wible (Mentors: Victoria Banyard, Ellen Cohn)
Elizabeth Wible investigated a red zone for unwanted sexual experiences on a New England university campus as part of an on-going research project.

A 2009 alumna, Emily Louick (Spanish and theatre/dance double major) contributed an article about her IROP experience at UNH: “Menudas Vueltas da el Destino”: How Choosing to Live in a Homestay Brought Me Closer to a Culture.

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