John Amante, Kelsey Krupp, Antoinette Pacifico, and Archit Parmanand
There is a need to reduce the effects of second hand smoke and negative public image on the WPI campus.
Mei Lee Amend, Arlina Anderson, Sherman Peoples, and Lauren Tice
Our goal is to assist Swazi land children with HIV who were orphaned by AIDS. We will establish a two-part program in conjunction with Build-A-Bear Workshop called Build-A-Life. We hope that through this program children will be able to live healthier physical and emotional lives.
Mary-Lee Barboza, Rachel Feyler, Kirsten Reed, and Libbi Richardson
Chagas disease is a dangerous epidemic affecting the uneducated in poverty-stricken countries and is therefore often neglected. Besides the lack of knowledge, there is a deficiency of medication used to treat the disease. The spread of Chagas can be avoided through a combination of well-researched methods.
Rachel Blakely, Deanna Cavallaro, Madeleine Gomel, and Jesse Lehman
Every year a new freshman class comes to WPI and battles the stress of rigorous academics and a new style of life with an all you can eat buffet. This leads to WPI students gaining the notorious freshman fifteen, which can easily be prevented. Poor eating habits in college can be the start of lifelong problems such as Obesity or Diabetes.
Alyssa Bornstein, Jennifer Garbarino, Allison Indyk, and Jonah Rosch
Oil spills have been greatly impacting the ecosystem and drinking water in the Niger Delta, causing adverse health effects on the Nigerian people. We propose the use of hair mats to remove oil from contaminated water. Two filter systems were made to attempt to remove oil from the water. Though precise data could not be collected, we were able to visually show the effectiveness of hair mats.
Morgan Boyd, Jen Filatava, Emily Hofmeister, and Shane Stenson
There is a need to educated WPI students about the proper use of antibiotics and antiobiotic resistance. Our approach will be to survey WPI students to prove the need for education about antibiotic resistance, and educate them about proper usage.
Meghan Cantwell, Giovanni Di Cristina, Sarah Kaptur, and Matthew Noyes
Antibiotic resistance is a growing problem on college campuses. A survey of undergraduates at Worcester Polytechnic Institute about their antibiotic use was conducted and an educational brochure was written and distributed to educate students about consequences of antibiotic misuse.
Melanie Cantwell, James Cassidy, Brittany Ciesluk, and Stephanie Lindow
Due to a devastating earthquake in Haiti on January 12, 2010, causalities due to waterborne contaminants escalated. The purpose of this research is to educate the people of Haiti of the importance of sanitary water by presenting them with a means to chlorinate it. A chlorination method will be presented to the communities. Pamphlets will also be distributed to educate the Haitian people as to the importance of contaminant-free water. The desired outcome is a decreased occurrence of typhoid fever and cholera in Haiti.
Anna Civitarese, Tyler Hickey, Tristan Richardson, and Taryn Roy
Infectious diseases are common among college students and their spread is exacerbated by widespread use of Morgan Dining Hall. Two methods that were examined as potential solutions were: the application of Microban, and the hiring of additional workers. Microban was found to be the more cost-effective option. There is the potential to drastically reduce the spread of infectious diseases through Microban’s ability to stop and prevent bacterial multiplication.
Poster Presentation, Judge's Winner (2011)
Nina Colon, Lindsey Gallagher, and Dylan Heinricher
There is a need to improve the quality of life and attitude of children currently undergoing treatment for leukemia.
Kellie Dickerson, Margaret Freed, Lauren Kahn, and Luke Perreault
Gymnasiums can be a breeding ground for communicable disease. A survey was conducted on the undergraduates at WPI to gather data on gym hygiene. Based on the data, suggestions can be provided to improve sanitation. Research was conducted on diseases prevalent in gymnasiums, in order to facilitate recommendations for better sanitary habits. A simulation modeling the spread of disease can further educate students on the importance of gym hygiene.
Andrew Galanis, Nathan Longnecker, and Jason Ward
Antibiotic resistance has become an issue as fewer options for treating resistance diseases are available. We realized there was an issue with an abuse of antibiotics, so we created a survey and sent it to the undergraduate class to evaluate the extent. We found that the primary issue is a lack of knowledge about the difference between bacterial and viral diseases.
Meena Khayami, Elizabeth Lacarra, Ethan Moon, and Scott Osborn
There is a need to eliminate the dependence on pesticides/herbicides to grow food and prevent food born diseases from being transmitted to humans.
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