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Past Roelandts Fellowship Recipients
"Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to analyze household food security in disadvantaged San
Leslie Gray, Ph.D. & Iris Stewart-Frey, Ph.D.
Environmental Studies Institute "Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to analyze household food security in disadvantaged San Jose neighborhoods" The purpose of this project is to examine both the access to food and the increase in food security through backyard gardening in a low-income neighborhood. In collaboration with the Americorps volunteer program of the Health Trust and La Mesa Verde, an NGO, the study will involve the use of GPS-based collection of data and of GIS for database building, mapping and analysis.
"Overcoming Inequality: Successfully Implementing IT into the Process of Career and College Planning
Laura Robinson, Ph.D.
The goal of this project is address challenges associated with the lack of knowledge that first-generation students wishing to obtain education beyond high school often are unaware of how to accomplish this. The proposed research involves teaching these students about the processes associated with applying to college and for financial aid and includes training in the use of digital resources to do so.
"Tracking and identification of antibiotic-resistant strains of Neisseria gonorrheae using genomic a
David Hess, Ph.D.
In collaboration with a public health unit in San Francisco, the goal of this proposal is to investigate the causes of antibiotic resistance in the bacterium that causes a sexually transmitted disease. The research involves fully sequencing the genomes of four strains of the bacteria to determine the mutations that are the source of the resistance. This information may ultimately assist in defining the therapy the infected individual will receive.
"Developing a portable solar/hydrogen fuel cell generator"
Daniel Strickland, Ph.D.
The aim of this proposal is to develop a portable solar/hydrogen fuel cell generator for off-grid electrification to meet basic necessities such as lighting, cooling, and refrigeration. The expectation is that the availability of energy services in these areas will provide an essential input to economic activity and growth. By using renewable resources for the generator, it is hoped to mitigate harmful emissions from existing biomass derived energy sources, while supplying clean energy to the community.
"Social Entrepreneurship: Exploring the GSBI Data"
Tammy Madsen, Ph.D.
The field of social entrepreneurship has not received the analysis through formal hypotheses, robust data, and rigorous methods that it deserves. The goal of this proposal is to address these deficiencies by developing an extensive and detailed dataset of social entrepreneurship ventures and providing a thorough literature review on social entrepreneurship to benefit researchers working in this area.
"Out of Reach: Examining Group Faultlines in Virtual Teams"
Katerina Bezrukova, Ph.D.
This proposal is designed to explore whether people are able to make trustworthy connections and innovative decisions with others they have never physically met. The participants may be across the country or even across the globe and thereby interact as a "virtual team." Such teams are harder to manage and may differ significantly culturally. The research to be undertaken seeks an understanding of how employees from different cultures and working virtually can stay productive and be creative.
"Technology to promote reading in rural Burkina Faso: The effects of LED lights on students' reading
Michael Kevane, Ph.D.
Through a partnership with libraries in Burkina Faso, this purpose of this project is to make small portable solar- and battery-operated LED lights available for students to use for reading at home where lighting may not otherwise be available. Increasing the number of hours in which a student can read is expected to enhance their learning, and the study is designed to assess this.
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Roelandts Faculty Fellowships 2009
"Digital Inequality & Success in the Digital Job Market: Benefiting Disadvantaged Youth in the US...
Dr. Laura Robinson
A protocol will be developed whereby low-income high school students will receive training in computer skills that will allow them to be successful in entering the job market.
"Development of an Electrochemical DNA Sensor for Rapid Detection of Pathogens."
Research will be conducted into developing an aptamer-based sensor capable of continuous, real-time detection of multiple pathogens.
"Effect of Severe Malnutrition on the Efficacy of Vaccines."
Dr. Tracy Ruscetti
Research will be conducted for developing an animal model to test the hypothesis that the lower efficacy of vaccines when administered to populations in the developing world may be associated with malnourishment.
"Greening the Ghetto: The Promise of Job Creation for Low-income Communities in the Bay Area."
Dr. Perlita Dicochea
Research will be directed toward addressing issues such as the extent to which cleantech can address the need for economic development in disenfranchised communities and will include assessing the roles that non-profit organizations, industry, and government play in ?greening the ghetto.?
"Discovery of Drug Leads for Addressing Parasitic Diseases in the Developing World."
Dr. Amelia Fuller
Research will be conducted on the synthesis of an array of molecules that mimic anti-microbial peptides as leads for drugs against trypansomiastic diseases afflicting people in the developing world.
"Development of a Cost-Efficient and Less Electricity-Dependent Water Supply for Off-Grid Areas.?
Dr. Hohyun Lee
An approach to water purification that uses compressed water vapor heated by fuels available in rural areas is to be developed. The goal is to provide clean water to off-grid villages.