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 with a weeks worth of medication and inform the user if their medication has already been administered. We believe our pill dispensing apparatus will improve the rate of daily medication adherence in patients with symptoms of dementia and potentially allow users to live independently without the need for a caretaker.
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.