Friday, December 12, 2014

Pushing Forward: Our HIA Question for Spring 2015 HAS BEEN CHOSEN and Survey Time!!!

Hello my fellow Alpha Kappans,

This past Wednesday December 10th, 2014 we asked YOU to help us develop a project/thesis question that relates both to our chosen theme Health and Medicine as Frontiers and to the overall Honors in Action Theme Frontiers and the Spirit of Exploration. 

You did not disappoint.

There is a lot that we can explore within the theme of Health and Medicine as Frontiers and our members came up with some exceptional ideas. From increased life expectancy and it's influence on our future, to how advancements in Genetics and Biotechnology can affect the choices we make with our bodies, to our changing views on mental illness. But the question that seemed to get the most attention, votes, and even began a debate amongst our members, was in regards to pharmaceutical companies and their influence on our daily lives.

The exact question that won was:
Do we really need medicine or prescription drugs to live a healthier life?

Now this is our first draft question but it begins to spark ideas we can branch out on. For instance how pharmaceutical companies now advertise directly to the consumer and the influence that has on our drug dependence, how doctors approach treatment, and our overall health as a society. The modern epidemic of people becoming addicted to prescription narcotics. Or how our increase use of prescribed antibiotics are helping to form antibiotic resistant superbugs while at the same time the number of new antibiotics being discovered has dropped dramatically.

These are just some of the directions we can go in and next semester we will get the chance to fine tune our question as well as discuss what kind of project we can do to help us answer it.

Also we would greatly appreciate it if you filled out our quick survey.

We are always looking for ways to improve our chapter and better serve our members, so please if you can, take a moment and fill it out.
I swear it's brief. :-)

Wishing everyone luck on their finals and I look forward to seeing you all next semester.


Marcelina Washington
Executive Board Member and Social Networking Manager
Alpha Kappa Chapter
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society


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