Contributor Notes – 7.2
My name is Eshaan Agrawal, and I am a junior at UGA studying cognitive science, artificial intelligence, and philosophy. On campus, I lead a student organization called Data4Good, which hosts panels does pro bono work for non-profits in the Athens area. I am also involved in a number of IM teams and other clubs dealing with sustainability and community outreach!
My name is Payal Fadnis. I am a fourth-year English and Anthropology double major with a minor in Linguistics at the University of Georgia. My areas of interest include environmental conservation, cultural anthropology, and postcolonial theory and research. I conducted several research projects for anthropology and English courses. I studied the effects of including diverse literature in introductory college courses on students. I also created a blog to analyze digital media through an anthropological lens and conducted research on the effects of Zoom education on student performance, paying particular attention to student attention spans. After I graduate, I hope to write about cross-cultural topics and the implications for cultural practice for the general public.
Emily Harris is a fourth year student at the University of Georgia. She is studying entertainment and media studies with a minor in film and an interdisciplinary writing certificate.
My name is Natalie Heyward, and I am a third-year student in wildlife sciences with pre-vet emphasis in the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. I hope to be accepted into the UGA School of Veterinary Medicine for the class of 2027 and afterwards become a practicing wildlife veterinarian. I have a particular interest in wildlife epidemiology and have taken classes like Wildlife Diseases and Vector Borne Diseases in my Undergraduate career. I have been working as a student assistant at the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study (SCWDS) for over a year and will complete a research project on parasites of Lynx this fall for my degree. I became interested in Chronic Wasting Disease after realizing how little I knew about prions and prion-related diseases.
Bita Jadali is a fourth-year student at the University of Georgia, majoring in Biology with an emphasis in neuroscience, and minoring in cellular biology and in global health. She hopes to pursue graduate school after graduation. Besides scientific writing, Bita also has a passion for fiction writing, especially short stories.
Austin Kral is a sophomore double majoring in Cognitive Science and Computer Science at the University of Georgia, where he is a member of the Morehead Honors College and the Franklin Residential College. After graduation, he intends to pursue graduate studies in cognitive science.
Sophie Miller is a Junior at UGA majoring in Chemistry and Genetics. She is currently conducting undergraduate research in the Hines Lab, which focuses on conducting lipidomic analysis of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. After completing her bachelor’s degree, she plans on pursuing a Ph.D. in Chemistry.
Kaila McGinty is passionate about writing, different cultures, and social justice. A Black woman originally from Atlanta, GA, she lived in Turkey and Japan from ages nine to eighteen, sparking her interest in different cultures and social justice. Her career goals are to work with people of different cultures and countries and improve life for minorities, as well as facilitate peaceful international relations.
Anna Samsonov is a senior at the University of Georgia from St. Louis, MO. They are studying anthropology, biology, and women’s studies. After UGA, they will be attending Baylor University to pursue a PhD in the Anthropology of Health. Their research interests include health disparities, reproductive health, and the relationship between biomedicine and technology. They are currently conducting an independent research project with the Athens Wellbeing Project, a community needs assessment project that provides valuable data to Athens-area stakeholders.
Keelin Walsh is a December graduate from the University of Georgia. She received her Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education and plans to teach chorus at either the middle or high school level. Keelin plans on teaching her students the fundamentals of being a well-rounded musician as well as exposing them to underappreciated composers and arrangers across both the world and various time periods. Keelin has a long term goal of attending law school for education law in order to aid in education reform.