Alice Popejoy '09 Contributes to Discover Blog
Alumni News & Notes
By Briana Wagner '13
December 1, 2010
Alice Popejoy '09 has contributed a post titled “Genetic Discrimination: The Best Reason for Universal Healthcare You’ve Never Heard Of” to the blog The Intersection at Discover Blogs. The post draws upon research Popejoy conducted at Hamilton with Professor of Biology Jinne Garrett about DNA, genetic testing, and the law. She discusses how one’s DNA can be used to determine one’s risk of certain medical conditions, such as cancer, and how an employer's knowledge, for example, of that risk can lead to discrimination. According to Popejoy, "Right now, that’s perfectly legal. And it’s happening." Read her full post at http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/intersection/2010/11/17/genetic-discrimination-the-best-reason-for-universal-healthcare-youve-never-heard-of/.
Popejoy earned the opportunity to guest post at a science communication workshop titled Science: Becoming The Messenger, led by The Intersection blogger Chris Mooney. Her blog post was then pitted against another post created during the convention in a competition to see which would be more widely read, by utilizing online tools like Facebook and Twitter. Popejoy's post won the competition.
At Hamilton, Popejoy majored in biology and French. She was a T. J. Watson Fellowship nominee and an Emerson Summer Research Grant recipient. She is currently the Public Policy Fellow at the Association for Women in Science.