Catalysts of Change

Lisa Freeman '15 makes a four-legged friend while taking part in the Dickinson in Australia program. Photo courtesy of Freeman.

Lisa Freeman '15 makes a four-legged friend while taking part in the Dickinson in Australia program. Photo courtesy of Freeman.

Lisa Freeman ’15 

The first things you might notice about Lisa Freeman ’15 are her keen analytical mind and her wit. The second? The way she trains that intellect to better understand and help others. Lisa discusses her passion for medicine and education, her psychology research, her grammatical pet peeve and the two humanitarians she’d most like to meet.

Major:

Neuroscience.

Clubs and organizations:

Carlisle Tutoring Program (CommServ group).

Honors/scholarships/awards:

Phi Beta Kappa and Forney P. George Scholarship.

On choosing a major:

I think learning about and/or analyzing people is very interesting, but I also love science. Neuroscience is a perfect combination.

On studying abroad:

studied abroad in Australia. I loved living with and becoming good friends with Aussie students at the best residential college there (Emmanuel College—I’m not biased). 

Favorite book:

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

Favorite movie:

The Parent Trap. As a child, I went through a phase during which I watched it every Monday night.

Favorite place on campus:

To study: Rector alcove. Otherwise: Morgan Field, when it’s sunny.

Favorite Dining Hall food:

Butternut squash.

Current research project:

Last fall I began to research the question of how experience affects people's perception of timing. Specifically, I'm investigating the effect of prior context on an interval replication task to analyze the influence of previous experience on short interval timing.

Post-Dickinson plans:

I am applying to medical school this spring. My dream is to spend part of my career working abroad for an organization like Partners in Health.

If I could have dinner with anyone, living or dead, it would be …

Paul Farmer, doctor, humanitarian and founder of Partners in Health; and Greg Mortenson, mountain climber, humanitarian and founder of Central Asia Institute. They both have been catalysts of extraordinary change in the world, and they are focused on my two greatest passions—medicine and education.

In a perfect world …

… no one would use "fewer" vs. "less" incorrectly. Huge pet peeve.

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Published February 17, 2015