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 exam, and the independent variables included the type of test that was administered and how much each participant exercised. The results show that less usage of technology may have a positive impact on the cognitive capabilities of the general population. The results of our study can be applied to mitigate the rate of cognitive decline in people with dementia.
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
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.