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Speaker Dr Kishonna Gray

December 2, 2023 by | Grand Challenges Initiative

On Tuesday, November 28th, GCI welcomed guest speaker Dr. Kishonna Gray for our GCI Speaker Series. Dr. Gray talked about the research she has done regarding how technology impacts our culture and the world around us. Her talk on Tuesday was centered around disparities in the representation of people of color as well as women,

4th Annual Outstanding Publication Award Grand Challenges Initiative Recognizes Research by Kamal Diki

May 23, 2023 by | Grand Challenges Initiative

We are pleased to announce our 4th 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. Jason Keller (chair), Crystal Ng (Former GCI Fellow), & Aaron Harrison

Grand Challenges Initiative Showcase Program Recognizes This Year's Outstanding Projects

May 23, 2023 by | Student presentations

Students, faculty, staff and guests from the community came together on May 12th at the Keck Center for Science and Engineering to celebrate projects completed by students participating in the university’s Grand Challenges Initiative. It is the program’s fifth end-of-year showcase. The program recognized six outstanding student projects, including the Arthur Flint Prize awarded to

Thrifty Berkana McDowell, Max Karpinsky, Ryan Lam, Alice Utsunomiya

May 10, 2023 by Grand Challenges Initiative | Student presentations

With the growing influence of fast fashion, there is a necessity to develop alternatives that are better for the planet. Slow fashion is a viable alternative that has the potential to decrease water contamination, air pollution, the release of greenhouse gas emissions, and the culture of consumerism, overarchingly bettering the state of the environment. Thrifty

Gel Casing for Oral Vaccine Delivery Shaina Ambashta, Taryn Hatch

May 10, 2023 by Grand Challenges Initiative | Student presentations

The mass distribution of oral vaccines is not as effective as it could be. And as global warming continues to affect the Earth, we will only see an increase in diseases, making herd immunity harder to attain. The goal of the project was to develop an oral vaccine casing that could protect the vaccine component

Ecotasks – An Energy Saving App Emma Garofalo, Matt Shugarte, Michael Smith, Thomas Kim, Ewan Shen, David Giani

May 10, 2023 by Grand Challenges Initiative | Student presentations

Climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing today’s world and is driven in large part by the widespread burning of fossil fuels. Today, 60% of electricity is generated from fossil fuels, much of which is used by everyday individuals. Unfortunately, poor energy habits lead to a substantial portion of the average American’s energy

Illness and Disability Awareness In Children’s Media Briana Craig, Daisy Fernandez-Reyes, Serena Wamba-Fosso, Sarah Yoon

May 9, 2023 by Grand Challenges Initiative | Student presentations

Our challenge was addressing the lack of fun educational products that teach about illness and disability in children’s media. This is a problem because kids need to understand the basics about common medical conditions to help them accommodate their classmates and help them empathize with their friends. Existing educational media tends to be unengaging for

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