Dr. Sahar Alameh, assistant professor of STEM Education in the UK College of Education, is collaborating with UK College of Medicine faculty on two projects that focus on the needs of Appalachian Kentucky.
In the first project, the research team developed a middle and high school cancer education curriculum that fits teachers’ current curriculum requirements and conducted a study published in the Journal of Appalachian Health. Appalachian Kentucky is home to the highest rates of cancer incidence and mortality in the country.
The second project focuses on the use of wastewater testing for early identification of SARS-CoV-2 cases. Funded by an NIH grant, Wastewater Assessment for Coronavirus in Kentucky: Implementing Enhanced Surveillance Technology (WACKIEST), enables Alameh to design and implement a wastewater testing curriculum in schools in Appalachia.