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Seven Anthropology 101 students win Public Anthropology Awards

The Center for a Public Anthropology at the University of Hawaii sponsors a Community Action Website that provides an interactive venue for intellectual exchange and activism. Students consider ethical issues at the interface of anthropology and the contemporary world. After reading online material, students submit short op-ed articles to the website. This year students were asked to write on oversight of scientific research by institutional review boards. Specifically, how much freedom should researchers be allowed in conducting their research? What regulations should be enforced to prevent the abuse of research subjects and ensure, more generally, that the research strives to promote positive benefits for the larger society sponsoring it?  Each semester students from several dozen universities in the United States and Canada participate in the Community Action Website. In addition to writing op-eds, students evaluate several of the articles written by students at other participating universities. 

This year seven students in Professor Marc Edelman's Anthropology 101 course received Public Anthropology Awards for Excellence in Writing on Public Issues. The winners are Jeffrey Amankwah, Kyle Floyd, Caryn Hummell, Raouz Khan, Inna Mushyakova, Andre Smith, and Kevin Xu.

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