2007 Del Jones Award Winner, Gilberto Lopez
Gilberto Lopez is a Ronald E. McNair and a California Pre-Doctoral scholar. He will be graduating from Fresno State University in spring 2007 with majors in anthropology and Chicano Studies. He will also be completing a minor in philosophy. His research interests involve the study of the interrelation between immigration, health, identity, and culture change. Presently he is researching beliefs and attitudes on health by Mexican natives in northern Mexico. His research examines cultural knowledge of Mexican immigrants in the U.S. and Mexican natives in northern Mexico, which will be used to test theories of cultural incompatibility addressing immigrant health issues in the U.S.
2007 Del Jones Award Winner, Thurka Sangaramoorthy
Thurka Sangaramoorthy is currently a PhD candidate in the Joint Medical Anthropology program at University of California San Francisco & Berkeley. She received her BA in Anthropology and Biology from Barnard College, and her MPH (in Sociomedical Sciences Research) Columbia University. Her research interests include the African diaspora, immigration, risk, race/ethnicity, politics of numbers/ classifications, stratified biomedicalization, ethnography in clinical settings, public health, and science and technology studies. Her dissertation project us on the rationalities of risk in HIV/AIDS research and surveillance data, and the ways in which they interface with representations of community, identity, culture, and difference among minority and transnational populations in the US. She has worked in a variety of environments including the American Museum of Natural History, Bronx Zoo, the Social Science Research Council, Columbia University, Open Society Institute, Nancy Oswald Healthcare Associates, and the University of California. She is currently teaching Anthropology at SUNY Brockport and her own course on race and medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center while writing her dissertation.