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2014 LACS Senior Award

At the April 3rd, Senior Capstone Poster Session, it was announced that the LACS faculty have awarded the 2014 LACS Senior Award to Daniel Boccio (Douglaston, NY) and Manuel Garcia (Mount Vernon, WA).

A Global Politics major and Environmental Studies and LACS minor, Daniel Boccio constructed his LACS studies around an interdisciplinary curriculum, primarily focusing on environmental science and public policy, particularly as applied in Brazil. This interest primarily developed as a result of his extensive research and academic involvement at the Piatam Institute of the Federal University of Amazonas in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil from 2011-2013, which helped him understand political relationships pertaining to the environment on the personal level, conducting a series of interviews with the leadership of riverine communities in Northern Amazonas, as well as providing English lessons to said communities. His Senior Capstone project - "How to integrate in your own country? An interdisciplinary approach to rural-to-urban migration and inclusion in São Paulo and Manaus, Brazil"-examines trends of migration to two archetypal Brazilian cities, the facility of migrants to integrate into public life, and which avenues are the most effective for political access. Daniel will be spending the summer as a FIFA Volunteer during the World Cup at the Arena São Paulo, and upon returning to New York, plans to work as a Field Manager at Environment New York's Manhattan Office, later hoping to become a Foreign Service Officer at the State Department.

Manuel Garcia is a Senior Spanish Major, a LACS Minor, and a premedical student. A native Spanish speaker, his vocation has led him to pursue studies in the health professions with a keen interest in understanding the causes, effects, and solutions for chronic illness patterns among Latino migrant groups. During the previous summers he interned through the National Autonomous University of Mexico on a public health project and participated in clinical work in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic. He also interned at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in California where he researched the prevalence of chronic diseases in Los Angeles and helped develop policy briefs for local and statewide officials. His research laid the foundation for his LACS Senior Capstone project—“Acculturation: The Cumbersome Road to Chronic Diseases among Latino Immigrants”—in which he examined the prevalence of chronic diseases among immigrant groups, especially Latinos. In particular, his research shows that the process of assimilating worsens the health status of the Latino immigrant. Immediately following graduation, Manuel will spend the summer in Lima, Peru as an intern for the Harvard School of Public Health, and this fall he will attend Yale’s School of Public Health where he will seek a Masters in Health Care Management.