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Ethics winners address immigration, drugs, beauty

May  12, 2014

Winners of annual essay contest sponsored by the Augustana Center for the Study of Ethics touched on undocumented immigration, abuse of legal drugs, privacy and cultural ideas of beauty this year.

Dr. Dan Lee, director of the center, said 37 papers were submitted for review. The selection decisions were made by an outside evaluator who teaches ethics at another college. As in previous years, Dr. Lee said he was very impressed with the quality of the papers and found identifying five of them for recognition a very challenging task.

"Both as individuals and as an institution, we are very proud of the work that Augustana students do," he said. "That is part of what makes Augustana such a great place to teach and to learn."

First place carries with it a cash award of $100, second place $50 and third place $25.


First place, Nathan J. Smith '13, "Cancer, Palliation and Cost." Smith is from Bensenville, Ill., and majored in chemistry and biochemistry.

Second place, Stacey Dahm, "The Ethics of Undocumented Immigration: An Account of Several Perspectives." Dahm is a senior from Elk Grove Village, Ill., majoring in biology.

Third place, Michelle Funk, "The Westernization of Chinese and Japanese Beauty." Funk is a senior from Naperville, Ill., majoring in accounting.

Honorable mention, Kailey Falcon, "Privacy Legislation in the Fields of Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology." Falcon is a senior from Aurora, Ill., majoring in communication sciences and disorders.

Honorable mention, Kelsey Moon, "Putting an End to Pill Mills and the Abuse of Prescription Painkillers." Moon is a senior from Wauconda, Ill., majoring in biology.