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Grand Challenges Initiative

  

GCI Team at Wildland Fire Conference Study documents changes in number of people living at the Wildland-Urban Interface

June 22, 2022 by | Research

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.

GCI Presidential Fellow Receives $1.01M NASA Grant Dr. Joshua Fisher receives grant to help water management in the US

June 20, 2022 by | News

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

Chapman University Presidential Fellow Joshua Fisher Named to Global List of Influential Researchers

December 6, 2021 by Gregory Goldsmith | Faculty

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,

How GCI Networking led to a Post-Grad Job Alumni Spotlight: Amy Lam '19, Mechanical Engineer for Fusion Biotec

November 2, 2020 by Monroe Roush | Alumni

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

Inside the GCI Makerspace Student assistant Amy Lam '19 shares how a chemistry lab transformed into a makerspace

April 15, 2019 by Amy Lam | Student Author

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

The Foundations Of Science Communication A Grand Challenges Initiative team seeks to learn how scientists can best create dialogue with the public

May 2, 2018 by | Grand Challenges Initiative

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

Grand Challenges Initiative Hosts Inaugural Networking Event Science students begin building their first professional network

September 20, 2017 by | Grand Challenges Initiative

Last Friday, Schmid College hosted its inaugural Grand Challenges Initiative (GCI) Networking Event, where first-year students in the GCI spent the morning making connections with industry professionals and science professors in an effort to begin building their first professional network and necessary professional skills. Nearly 80 GCI students, science professors and industry professionals attended Friday’s

Science Blender: Biodiversity, Pizzly Bears and Grolar Bears Student Essay from the HON 389 Science Blender Course

April 3, 2017 by Robyn Wrey | Grand Challenges Initiative

Periodically, we publish essays from Professor Andrew Lyon‘s Honors 389 course “The Science Blender”, which is the basis for Schmid College’s Grand Challenges Initiative. In HON 389, students are  asked to reflect on different aspects of tackling a grand challenge. In this essay, student’s were asked to research and analyze an interdisciplinary breakthrough of their choosing.  Many young children’s first experience with hybridization in nature is with

Convergence in the Sciences Schmid College aims to develop the next generation of outstanding science leaders, scholars

March 15, 2017 by | Grand Challenges Initiative

On Thursday, May 4th, I will have the pleasure of sharing the stage with Professor Georgiana Bostean during Lunch at the Forum hosted by Chapman University’s Town and Gown. I will maintain the feeling of suspense surrounding that event by not revealing too much about our presentation, but it is worth noting that Professor Bostean

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