Letter from the Editor
On behalf of the Editorial and Executive Boards, I’d like to thank you for your interest in our work and to welcome you to the 2nd Annual Princeton Public Health Review. The past year has seen a lot of changes for us: from its humble beginnings as a one-man operation in spring 2010, the Review has grown to a staff of nine; designed a brand new website; and gained official recognition as a Princeton University student group. Finally, to celebrate the launch of our new site and the publication of the 2011 Review, we recently hosted Blurring Boundaries, an undergraduate public health research symposium aimed at helping us progress toward our goal of sparking global health conversations across disciplinary lines.
For this year’s Review, we solicited health-related term papers, junior papers, and senior theses from Princeton undergraduates of all concentrations. To narrow the field to the thirteen papers you see here, our Editors reviewed each submission carefully, evaluating it according to five primary criteria: consistence with our mission, originality, use of appropriate methodology, accessibility to a range of audiences, and clarity of writing and analysis. Though this process required many difficult decisions, we are confident that you’ll be pleased with the results. From an ethnographic study of genetic disease in Jordan to a proteomic analysis of human cytomegalovirus, and from a history of trauma in Israel to an ecological approach to risks faced by female sex workers in rural Kenya, this year’s Review features outstanding research by young scholars with very diverse academic backgrounds.
It has been a pleasure serving as Princeton Public Health Review’s Editor-in-Chief, and I’m immensely grateful for the hard work of my staff, the sage counsel of our adviser, Kristina Graff, and the cooperation of each of our featured authors. Princeton’s global health community is vibrant and continues to gain momentum with the addition of passionate faculty and students each year. The evidence for this vibrancy lies in the following pages, and it is with great pride that I invite you to enjoy the 2011 Review.