Lincoln Scholars program prepares 3 siblings for success


December 13, 2021

The Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics awards scholarships to students participating in the Lincoln Scholars, a program that engages students in ethics discussions and activities with faculty and community members. Current Lincoln Scholar Jordan Fakhoury was inspired to join the program by his two sisters, Nadeen Fakhoury and Sarah Moqattash, who are former Lincoln Scholars. In a recent interview with the Lincoln Center, the scholars shared their experiences at Arizona State University and in the Lincoln Scholars program:

Nadeen Fakhoury, senior, majoring in supply chain management, W. P. Carey School of Business
Sarah Moqattash, ASU alumna, Bachelor of Science in biomedical engineering, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
three siblings smiling for a photo Lincoln Scholar siblings (from left) Nadeen Fakhoury, Jordan Fakhoury and Sarah Moqattash. Download Full Image

Question: What encouraged you to join the Lincoln Scholars Program?

Nadeen: I was highly intrigued by the Lincoln Scholar Program's commitment to the inclusion of students of diverse cultures, ages and professional statuses. I also appreciated the fact that this was a program where open discussion and collaborative problem-solving was encouraged. 

Sarah: I heard about the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics through my former biomedical engineering professor Dr. Stephen Helms Tillery. During my sophomore year, I attended a bioethics course which helped introduce me to group discussions on difficult topics of debate in the medical field. This course sparked my curiosity, and that’s when I learned about the Lincoln Scholars program. I wanted to immerse myself in a safe space where all participants were free to discuss controversial issues and learn from each other’s experiences and views.  

Q: How was your experience in the Lincoln Scholars Program?

Nadeen: I had a wonderful experience being part of the Lincoln Scholars Program. I looked forward to every class discussion where I learned so much from my professor Sean Kenney as well as my peers. I was in a class with about 10–15 students, where we spanned a wide range of ages, backgrounds, professional and personal life experiences. I was in the Lincoln Scholars Program my freshman year at Arizona State University, and now as a senior, I will never forget the discussions we had in the class. I learned so much about different perspectives on real-life social and economic issues. I learned the importance of researching the problem at hand and the critical role empathetic collaboration has in finding solutions. 

Sarah: My experience as a Lincoln Scholar was very intriguing and refreshing. Each session focused on a diverse topic, and each presenter was an experienced professional on the subject matter. I was glad to see that the topics covered were far from cookie-cutter; instead, they were very relevant to current sociopolitical and economic climates. Each presenter educated the scholars on a topic, and at the end, the scholars were able to discuss and learn from each other. Sean Kenney was extremely skilled at guiding the discussions with stimulating questions and points. The scholar-led presentations at the end of the semester were a highlight of the program and allowed scholars to dive deeper into a topic they were passionate about.

Q: What have you been up to since graduating from the program?

Nadeen: When I was in the Lincoln Scholars Program, I was fresh out of high school, still learning the ropes of college and discovering more and more about myself. Now, three years later, I am happy to share that I have grown into the woman I want to become. Education-wise, I found my passion in supply chain management. In September, I attended the CSCMP’s Edge 2021 Conference and Exhibition in Atlanta, Georgia, where I had the opportunity to network with amazing professionals, learn more about the most competitive industries and grow my professional portfolio. I have also found an interest in journaling my thoughts, dreams and ambitions. I enjoy meeting people from all over the world and discovering new favorite foods while sharing personal stories with new friends. I am truly grateful for my experience as a Lincoln Scolar and will never forget the impact it had on me throughout my time here at Arizona State University. 

Sarah: Since graduating from the Lincoln Scholars Program, I went on to conduct Alzheimer’s research at the Banner Sun Health Research Institute. The target of the study was to validate a novel approach for screening older adults for mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease. After completing the research project, I was selected to present at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Chicago. After my research experience, I got married and moved to California. I decided to explore the field of dentistry because of how quickly its devices and technologies are evolving. It’s a fast-growing industry, and there’s a lot of opportunity for professional growth in it.

Jordan Fakhoury, first-year student, majoring in medical studies, College of Health Solutions

Q: How did your siblings motivate you to join the Lincoln Scholars?

Jordan: My siblings introduced me to this scholarship program because they know I aspire to become a medical doctor and this program will greatly help me explore community service through hands-on learning. When I become a doctor, one of my professional goals is to open a facility where low-income communities can access health care services at a low or even zero cost. Since my siblings understood my personal and professional goals, they highly recommended I apply for the Lincoln Scholars Program. So far I am really thankful they introduced me to it as I love it a lot. 

Q: Are you involved in any other student organizations?

Jordan: Right now during my first semester I am mainly focusing on my academics, but I am always keeping an open mind to join clubs. After my freshman year I would like to join SHOW, Student Health Outreach for Wellness club, as some of their activities are making health kits for the homeless community in Arizona.

Victoria Vandekop

Communications Program Coordinator, Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics

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Stress, by itself, can lead to excessive drinking in women but not men

Study shows stress led to drinking more than intended in men only when they already had consumed alcohol


December 13, 2021

A new study has shown that stress alone can drive women to excessive drinking. 

Men who experienced the same stress only drank to excess when they had already started consuming alcohol. Assistant Research Professor Julie Patock-Peckham. Download Full Image

Though rates of alcohol misuse are higher in men than women, women are catching up. Women also have a greater risk than men of developing alcohol-related problems.

Participants consumed alcoholic beverages in a simulated bar while experiencing stressful and non-stressful situations. Stress led women, but not men, to drink more than intended, a finding that demonstrates the importance of studying sex differences in alcohol consumption. The study was published in Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.

“Some people can intend to have one or two alcoholic beverages and stop drinking, but other people just keep going. This impaired control over drinking is one of the earliest indicators of alcohol-use disorders, and we know stress contributes to both impaired control over drinking and dysregulated drinking. The role of stress in impaired control over drinking is understudied, especially in women,” said Julie Patock-Peckham, assistant research professor at Arizona State University and lead author on the study.

The study took place in a research laboratory designed to simulate a bar, complete with a bartender, bar stools and lively conversations. The participants included 105 women and 105 men. They were randomized into different groups, with some experiencing a stressful situation and others a non-stressful situation. Next, half the participants received an alcoholic drink that was equivalent to three cocktails, and the other half received three non-alcoholic drinks. After that, all participants had unrestricted access to alcoholic drinks from the bar for 90 minutes.

“We know that both genes and the environment play a role in problematic drinking. We can’t do anything about the genes, but we can intervene with the environment. Stress and impaired control over drinking are tightly connected, and because stress is something we can manipulate, we tested whether stressors cause dysregulated drinking,” said Patock-Peckham, who leads the Social Addictions Impulse Lab at ASU.

The experimental setup let the research team determine whether stress, the initial drink or the combination of the two caused how much alcohol the participants consumed. The team measured alcohol consumption in total number of drinks consumed and by using breath blood-alcohol content (BAC). 

Exposure to stress led to heavier drinking in all participants. Men who received a first drink with alcohol in it and experienced stress drank more than men who received the placebo. 

Whether the first drink was alcoholic or not did not matter for women: Experiencing stress led to heavy drinking.

“That women just needed the stress but men needed the push of already having alcohol on board shows how important this type of research is,” Patock-Peckham said. “The outcomes from alcohol use are not the same for men and women, and we cannot keep using models that were developed in men to help women.”

The study was funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and Burton Family Foundation. In addition to Patock-Peckham, the research team consisted of William Corbin, professor of psychology at ASU; Heather Smyth and Arian Rouf, graduate students at ASU; Jessica Canning of the University of Washington; and J. Williams of RTI International. 

Science writer, Psychology Department

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