URAP

Madeleine (Maddie) Lipscomb

Pesticides and the Public Understanding of Science

This summer, I will continue assisting Dr. Conis on the research for her book on the history of pesticides in the United States. This entails researching and writing memos on topics ranging from pesticide poisonings of farm workers, to the link between chemical weapons and pesticide innovation, to the funding sources of pro-industry science organizations in the 1980s. Understanding how these phenomena unfolded, including who had a seat at the table, who didn’t, and who was put at risk, will be crucial if we are to protect ourselves and our planet going forward.

Message to Sponsor

I cannot thank you enough for this wonderful opportunity! Not only will this funding help me further develop my research skills, but it will also deepen my understanding of public and environmental health and contribute to a growing body of knowledge surrounding pesticides, environmental regulation, and the power of grassroots activism. I am so grateful that I get to work doing something I love this summer. Thank you again!
  • Major: Public Health
  • Mentor: Elena Conis, Journalism