Anthropology student’s senior thesis featured in Daily Orange
Soleil Young is analyzing bone samples from the Smithsonian
Institution for signs of tuberculosis.
Anthropology student Soleil Young — a senior who is also
majoring in biology — was featured in the Daily
Orange earlier this fall because of unusual archaeological research she is
conducting for her honors thesis.
Young, a Syracuse University Remembrance Scholar hailing
from Syracuse, is scraping bone dental
calculus — a form of hardened dental plaque — to extract DNA for research and
signs of tuberculosis. After finishing molecular study of the calculus, which
she expected to complete late in the fall semester, she plans to focus on the
historical and social context underlying those findings.
“She has a real talent for crossing boundaries and
disciplines,” Professor Shannon Novak told the Daily Orange. “She clearly comes at topics from a very diverse —
humanistic, scientific and activist — background. It’s really impressive.”
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Orange article here.