Join us in welcoming our new additions to our Schmid College and Grand Challenge Initiative faculty! Miranda Aiken, Ph.D. Dr. Aiken is a biogeochemist researching the release of toxic, naturally-occurring soil metals into our groundwater. Her work is highly-interdisciplinary and investigates metal release from individual soil aggregates, all the way up to entire groundwater basins.
At first glance, making a new and improved pillbox does not sound that difficult. But what if that pillbox needs to be tamperproof and capable of dispensing multiple pills at specific times on specific days? “Turns out that once you start to think about the design requirements, it is not so simple,” noted computer science
Usually, the Golden 3D-Printed Crescent Wrench Award is exactly what it sounds like. Given annually to a community partner that has contributed to the success of Chapman University’s Grand Challenges Initiative, the honoree receives a plaque with a golden 3D-printed crescent wrench. Except that this year’s wrench was made from soap. That is because this
A team of science and engineering students that recently finished participating in the Grand Challenges Initiative has presented their results at the 2022 Fire and Climate Conference organized by the International Association of Wildland Fire. Jessica Viner, Slade Laszewski, and Wesley Ho led the project with fellow students Justin Ewoldt, Pionnah Gregorio, and Liz Lyon.
Congratulations to Grand Challenges Initiative Presidential Fellow Dr. Joshua Fisher for receiving the NASA Earth Science Applications: Water Resources grant of $1.01M. He will use NASA data to help water management in the United States. Dr. Fisher is the Presidential Fellow of Ecosystem Science, focusing on terrestrial ecosystems, water, carbon, and nutrient cycling. In this project, Fisher
Dr. Joshua B. Fisher, a Presidential Fellow of Ecosystem Science in Schmid College of Science and Technology at Chapman University, has been named a Highly Cited Researcher for 2021 by Clarivate for his contributions to the field of geoscience. Fisher studies water, carbon and nutrient cycling in terrestrial ecosystems using a combination of supercomputer models,
When animals become parents, they often need to change their behaviors in ways that allow them to protect and ensure the survival of their offspring. What happens in the brain when an animal becomes a new parent? In humans, even people who have not experienced pregnancy, such as fathers and adoptive parents, are able to
Chapman’s Grand Challenges Initiative (GCI) pushes our first and second-year students to think big about the most challenging issues facing our society. From tackling the issue of microplastics in the ocean, to designing and building an insulin pump with 3D printing, to developing apps to help children with autism, our students work from their very
At the end of the Fall semester, I was offered a position as an assistant in the Grand Challenges Initiative (GCI) Makerspace. It was very rewarding to help the program transform an old organic chemistry lab into a creative space for students to explore interdisciplinary solutions with sophisticated equipment. The new Makerspace includes everything from
As the Grand Challenges Initiative begins to close out its first year at Chapman University, a fuller picture of what its inaugural student class will be working on has formed. The next year of work will be spent developing out ideas, conducting more tests, and communicating their findings. For Freshman Monroe Roush, Ashley Nichols, and