Our grand challenge is to reinvent the toilet. Contemporary flushing toilets waste an immense amount of water and also spread aerosols carrying viruses and bacteria when flushed. Through our research we discovered that vacuum toilets use roughly one-twelfth of the water per flush and also produce significantly fewer aerosols. We conducted a survey of Chapman students and found that the general knowledge level surrounding vacuum toilets was low. This led us to create a website and brochure to expand the knowledge level of the public.
We are pleased to announce our 2nd annual Chapman University Grand Challenges Initiative Outstanding Research Publication Award by a Grand Challenges Initiative Postdoctoral Fellow. The award is supported by alumni of the Grand Challenges Initiative Postdoctoral Teaching and Research Fellows Program. The selection committee, which included Drs. Doug Dechow (chair), Carter Berry (’20), & Cristiano Duarte (’20), evaluated
Grand Challenges Initiative (GCI) students Heather Andrini, Ashley Okhovat, and Sydni Au Hoy (l. to r. above) have been awarded the 2021 Kevin and Tam Ross Undergraduate Research Prize hosted by The Leatherby Libraries. Heather, Ashley, and Sydni started working on their project, “Psychogenic Non-epileptic Seizures Disorder: Treatment after the Diagnostic Odyssey” as the focus of