Chapman University Joins National Postdoctoral Association

September 15, 2022 by | GCI Fellows

The Grand Challenges Initiative has joined the National Postdoctoral Association on behalf of Chapman University as an organizational member. Postdoctoral scholars, faculty and staff at the university can now become affiliate members by visiting nationalpostdoc.org The NPA advocates for, and provides resources aimed at improving, the postdoctoral experience.


Grand Challenges Initiative Program Highlighted in Editor's Blog of Science Magazine

July 21, 2022 by | Grand Challenges Initiative

In a new commentary published on the Editor’s Blog of Science, Chapman University’s Dr. Gregory Goldsmith describes how postdoctoral fellowship programs can transform the experience for early career scholars looking to advance their careers in science and engineering. For the past five years, Goldsmith has served as the first director of the university’s Grand Challenges


Grand Challenges Initiative Showcase 2022

June 2, 2022 by | Grand Challenges Initiative

On Friday, May 13, 2022, the Grand Challenges Initative (GCI) hosted their annual showcase on the Wilson Ampitheater. GCI Teams presented their projects to their peers, Schmid College community and special guests. Judges evaluated the projects and identified five exceptional teams for recognition: 2022 Arthur C. Flint Prize – CRISPR CRISIS This year’s Arthur C. Flint


Outstanding Research Publication Award Highlights Utility of Real-Time Data for Responding to Disasters

May 19, 2022 by | Grand Challenges Initiative

This year’s submissions for the 3rd annual Chapman University Grand Challenges Initiative Outstanding Research Publication Award included fascinating results that added to the world’s scientific knowledge in a diverse array of subjects such as the assessment of hazard scales, leaderless mRNAs, and animal cell-size scaling. The articles submitted serve as a testament to Chapman University’s


Traumatic Brain Injuries: Memory Retention and Recovery

May 12, 2022 by | Student presentations

In the medical world, there are very limited resources that support patients with Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) with recovering memory in a cost-efficient, minimally invasive way. We created a medical professionals’ document and patient pamphlet outlining effective methods of recovering memory through dietary changes, physical exercise, cognitive games, and altered sleep habits. We also included



May 12, 2022 by | Student presentations

The Grand Challenge our group chose to face this semester is to improve medication adherence among patients with cognitive impairment causing memory loss. Our solution to this grand challenge was to create a pill dispensing apparatus that will dispense medication on a fixed time interval. Our compact design allows the user to fill the dispenser


Overpopped! - Females for a Sustainable Future

May 12, 2022 by | Student presentations

We are finding an ethical solution to overpopulation that centers on female empowerment, education, and increased contraceptive access both locally and globally. We created an interactive, collaborative StoryMap to educate the public on contraceptive accessibility. Our map allows us to project our data for easy visual representation whilst incorporating community input through our survey on


Photodegradation of Oceanic Plastics

May 12, 2022 by | Student presentations

Less carbon dioxide absorption, reduction of phytoplankton population, organismal absorption and ingestion of microplastics, human health concerns: all directly tied to oceanic microplastics. The most common types of commonly used plastics are polystyrene, polypropylene and polyethylene. High concentrations of these types of plastics were tested individually in oceanic conditions and under an ultraviolet light for


Effects of Technology on Memory and Cognition

May 12, 2022 by | Student presentations

One of the leading causes of death amongst the elderly is Alzheimer’s disease, a type of dementia that results in rapid neurodegeneration (Gornia et al. 2006). Our grand challenge consisted in finding a way to combat such a disease. Our team focused on the relationship between technology/exercise and cognitive capabilities. Participants were assigned a cognitive

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