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Science and Human Rights Coalition’s Inaugural Student Poster Competition Winner Announced

Alex Luta with his winning entry 'Applications of Geospatial Technology to Human Rights' | Jonathan Drake/AAAS

At its January 27-28 meeting, the AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition launched its first annual student poster competition. The winning entry was submitted by Alex Luta from Georgetown University. Mr. Luta’s poster focused on the applications of geospatial technology to human rights.

The competition was open to undergraduate and graduate students interested in science and human rights. Students were asked to submit a poster that reflected their understanding of the right to enjoy the benefits of scientific progress and its applications (Article 15 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights).

The four other finalists selected to present their posters at the meeting were:

  • Nazanin Ashkan, School of International Service, American University. Poster Title: Social Media and Human Rights       
  • Lina Marie Caswell, Sociology and Social Justice Graduate Program, Kean University. Poster Title: CONNECTIONS (Sociology and Human Rights)                                                                                    
  • Sayeeda Chowdhury, Political Science and Human Rights (Premedical track), Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College. Poster Title: The Human Rights Approach to Cancer Research
  • Margaret Waltz, Department of Sociology, Case Western Reserve University. Poster Title: Reframing the Assumptions of Scientific Research through Participatory Action