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MUSC Waring Library announces paper competition winners

  • Saturday, August 10, 2013

The Waring Historical Library at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) announces that the winner of the 2013 W. Curtis Worthington, Jr. Research Paper Competition first prize in the graduate category is Jenny M. Luke, a history master’s candidate at the University of Texas at Arlington for her paper, “Asafetida to Aureomycin: African-American Nurse-Midwives, 1930-1950.”

First prize in the undergraduate category was awarded to John Scaringi, a senior history major at the College of Charleston, for his paper, “Physicians, Paupers, and the Peninsula: The Emergence of Public Health Policy in Charleston, South Carolina.”

Both first prize winners receive $1,500 and their papers printed in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the South Carolina Medical Association. Papers were judged by: Dr. Kurt Boughan, professor of history at The Citadel and a scholar in medieval medicine; Dr. Peter McCandless, professor emeritus, department of history at the College of Charleston; and Dr. Charles S. Bryan, professor emeritus, University of South Carolina School of Medicine and former editor of the Journal of the South Carolina Medical Association.

Jenny M. Luke earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2009 and 2013, respectively. As a graduate student she was awarded the title of University Scholar and was the recipient of the 2012 Wolfskill Award for Excellence in Master’s Studies in History. Her interest in the history of childbirth practices and maternity care is rooted in her experience as a registered nurse and certified nurse-midwife.

John Scaringi, originally from Greenville, attends the College of Charleston from which he expects to graduate with a B.A. in history, B.S. in chemistry, B.S. in biochemistry and a minor in philosophy. After a post-graduate year working full time studying cardiac electrophysiology in the research lab of Martin Morad, Ph.D., Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina endowed chair for Cardiovascular Health and professor of Regenerative Medicine and Cell biology, he plans to apply to medical school.

The W. Curtis Worthington Research Paper Competition is named for Dr. W. Curtis Worthington Jr., director of the Waring Historical Library, and is in its seventh year. The award was established to encourage students to contribute to the scholarship about the history of medicine and to reward those whose work is truly exemplary. For more information or to find out how to support the award, visit www.waring.library.musc.edu.

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