There are people who accept things the way they are, and there are those who demand more. Those people — the action takers, change makers, innovators and leaders — are exactly what the world needs to make those “better tomorrows” a reality.
The five CoAS alums, students and faculty featured in this issue not only possess a drive to shape our future, but also a passion to help others. No matter their mission, they are powerful reminders of what is possible when empathy meets action.
It is one of our nation’s most pressing and persistent public health crises. It is responsible for more than 25,000 deaths each year nationwide, and as many as 3,500 annually in Pennsylvania alone. It reaches from the inner cities to wealthy suburbs and out into the countryside, and its recent growth has been described by officials at the Centers for Disease Control as “unprecedented.”
During the peak of the Iraq war, ABC News Anchor Bob Woodruff was struck by a roadside bomb in Iraq. The man known by millions of viewers across the country suffered a traumatic brain injury that nearly killed him.
It was 2006, and for many service members who suffered the same catastrophic wounds, Woodruff became an inspiration.
Pinkesh Patel’s academic credentials simply can’t be questioned.
He received a bachelor’s degree from Drexel University in physics (with honors) before completing a graduate degree at Caltech, where he dove into the just-developing field of research surrounding gravitational waves. He then went on to a postdoc at Stanford, where he branched out into the world of bioengineering.
"Why are you afraid to go home?” he asked.
Without speaking, the two children answered in unison, lifting their shirts to reveal raw, pink scars stretching like spider webs across their torsos. It is an image that will haunt Andrew Damron, JD, forever.
Mona Elgohail grew up in a tight-knit, all-American family of six in Monmouth County, New Jersey.
Her supportive parents encouraged her to speak her mind — and she often did.