Dear Reader,

It is with great enthusiasm that I present the first print edition of the Georgetown University Journal of Health Sciences. The printing of Volume 9 is the beginning of the Journal’s powerful print legacy in the Georgetown community.

The 2014-2015 academic year saw great changes for the Journal. New, strong partnerships with the School of Nursing & Health Studies, the Georgetown University Media Board, the Undergraduate Research Conference, the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, and the Global Health program in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service allowed the Journal to expand coverage of innovative research occuring in all corners of the health sciences.

The articles in this issue showcase the breadth and variety of research conducted in the health sciences by undergraduate students at Georgetown University.

Cohen presents the implications of racial “othering” in the context of the ebola virus. She argues for the removal of social meanings from epidemics to ensure racial “othering” does not inhibit the administration of effective interventions and to allow the circumvention of the negative consequences of endemic viruses.

Neway, Perry, Le, and Joseph examine the relationships between acculturation with maternal health outcomes in pregnant Latina immigrants. Neway and her team found acculturative stress showed marginal correlations with poor maternal outcomes, but underscored the need for health care providers to consider acculturative stress to help reduce disparities in maternal health outcomes.

Saif and Perry explore the impact of mindfulness in paraprofessionals based upon their years of experience. Saif and Perry find marginal differences in impact, but they argue for future longitudinal studies to improve parenting, child health, and developmental outcomes.

Finally, Wang, Khan, Owens, and Pious investigate the field of extreme altitude adaptations by examining the role of age and health in survival. They found younger individuals had higher chances of survival compared to elder individuals, most of whom have compromised respiratory and cardiovascular health statuses.

This year’s growth and publication of the Journal would not have been possible without our dedicated, hardworking staff of reviewers, editors, writers, and designers. You each have my deepest gratitude.

Thanks for reading,
Madhav “Jai” Paul


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