As an undergrad, she had a passion for science, media arts, and environmental health. And she used them all to draw attention to some glaring socioeconomic issues.
Idling vehicles at a nearby border crossing cause substantially higher rates of respiratory disease for local residents. This alarmed Anika.
So, she did what you’d expect any budding scientist to do — she made a film.
Anika’s documentary about community health and border-generated pollution drew national attention.
It also led to an unexpected revelation: that citrus trees can act as biosensors to help us monitor air pollution levels.
It’s why we plant the seed of interdisciplinary thinking into every student.
What breakthrough will you make?
If you want to solve the world’s biggest problems, try taking a multidisciplinary approach. Anika Ullah did.