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Grand Challenges Initiative


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 Congratulations to the 2022 Arthur C. Flint Prize Winner

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 Award Honors Postdoctoral Research in Science and Engineering

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 Alyssa Agoado, Jessie Soliz, Leila Mahmoodi, Sophia Hickel

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

EZ MED Derek Norman, Darren Pak, Mitchell Underdahl, Emily Nguyen, Ofek Shoichet, Paul Zhao, Ori Garibi

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

Reach – Destigmatizing Mental Health and Its Diagnosis Taylor Price, David Peterson, Peter Smith, Sreya Vadlamudi, Suparna Pal

May 12, 2022 by | Student presentations

Our grand challenge is finding an accurate way to evaluate and analyze different mental health disorders based off of results from our comprehensive survey, Reach Through using industry standard mental health questionnaires, such as the DSM5, we created a survey that is the first step for people to determine whether or not they want to

Overpopped! – Females for a Sustainable Future Ava Cison, Cara Hunter, Rama Bedri, Lauren Hu

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 Devyn Pon, Benji Persons, Anthony Saadeh

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 Azure Gilmore, Gabriella Suarez, Caroline Gallagher, Lorenzo Pessi, Avery Whyte

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

A Data Science Approach to Gerrymandering Thomas Gooding, Dara Herman, Erik Hombledal, Luc Rieffel, Alejandro Rea, Christian Ton-That

May 12, 2022 by | Student presentations

Gerrymandering is the rearrangement of election districts in such a way that gives one political party an advantage over the other. It is often used to suppress the weight of the political minority. Currently, redistricting is overseen by the majority political party within each state. It persists as an issue today because there are no

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