Students and professor team up to research and write scholarly articles about COVID
Professors at Loyola University Chicago School of Law strive to give students meaningful extracurricular experiences that build skills, confidence—and resumes. Students frequently serve as research assistants to Loyola’s prolifically publishing law faculty, and the efforts of third-year students Elise Fester and Becky Bavlsik yielded particularly impressive and timely results: With Professor Jordan Paradise, each student coauthored a coronavirus-focused article that will appear in a prestigious law journal.
“It was nice to channel anxiety around the pandemic into something productive, and I’m grateful to Professor Paradise for this unique experience.”
Paradise, Georgia Reithal Professor of Law and codirector of the Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy, researches and publishes on the intersection of law, science, and technology. Her primary focus is on life sciences law, examining legal and policy issues in the development and regulation of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and innovations in medicine. As the COVID-19 pandemic evolved, she kept tabs in real time to determine whether the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) altered the ways it regulates and communicates in response to the public health crisis.
“I saw an opportunity to do an interesting methodological investigation within this small timeframe,” says Paradise.
With an already full plate of research and writing, Paradise knew she needed help analyzing FDA materials—and realized Fester and Bavlsik could assist while gaining valuable experience. Fester, a former public health associate at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is a health law fellow at the Beazley Institute and shares Paradise’s interests in health law and emerging technology. Bavlsik has a background in healthcare and an interest in the life sciences. Both were students in Paradise’s upper-level courses on issues in genetics and life science regulation.
“The administrative law implications of this pandemic are going to resound for a long time, and this is a really rich area for students to get involved in,” Paradise says.
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