George Keller of our Department of Biology and Environmental Sciences sent this message my way a few days ago.  For potential security reasons, I have removed the name of the student. 


"One of our graduates is completing a Master’s degree at the University of California, San Francisco studying the reasons for self-immolation among Afghani women.  They burn themselves in protest of government policies.  Our graduate learned Farsi in Tajikistan while a student at Samford, traveled to western Afghanistan for her research, and has established a foundation for the future study of self-immolation for herself and others with a goal of eliminating the practice.  She hopes to attend medical school and practice medicine among Afghanis, either permanently or through sponsored trips." 


About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.