Leah Morris (BAH ’15) will speak at the international Citizen Science Association conference in St. Paul this month. Her presentation will revisit the topic of her undergraduate thesis at King’s about applying a citizen science method to the pharmaceutical industry.
Citizen science can be defined as scientific work undertaken by members of the general public, often in collaboration with or under the direction of professional scientists and scientific institutions. Morris’ presentation, based on her undergraduate thesis entitled “New Methods New Knowledge: The Implications of Applying a Citizen Science Method to the Pharmaceutical Industry,” argues that a citizen science method applied to data collection in the pharmaceutical industry can potentially re-distribute power by engaging citizens to create publicly owned, credible data that can inform the pharmaceutical industry and medical community. This has led to the creation of Pharmalinked, her citizen science project now in its initial phases.
Morris graduated with a Combined Honours in Environmental, Sustainability & Society, and International Development studies. She is currently pursuing graduate work at the University of Toronto.