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Michaela and Jenna are investigating how the metabolic phenotype of flies harboring IDH point mutation R134H differs from wild type flies. They are also developing a protein interaction network for the mutated IDH and the wild type IDH proteins, and comparing shared versus unique interactions.
The work performed by Jenna and Michaela takes countless hours of dedicated lab time, as well as scientific trouble shooting and critical analysis of their data. They have grown immensely as scientists during their time in my lab. This work is also of great importance beyond the fly community, as it elucidates how mutations that are implicated in human brain tumors are functioning.
BrownMichaela2016BuccettiJenna2016TippingMarlaBiology
  
Mia and Tim are investigating an unusual phenotype revealed in their prior work. They are determining why this phenotype arises and how this is connected to human gliomas. To do this they generate mutant IDH fruit flies using various tissue specific driver lines. They then dissect larval brains and immunostain to detect proliferation of glial cell and to identify alterations in specific proteins expression pattern. Using this method they will determine if the phenotype they documented is a result of loss of glial cells, cell death, cell fate choices or possibly issues with DNA repair. These are all questions that, when answered, will contribute to our understanding of how IDH mutations play a role in human gliomas.
Mia and Tim have done an outstanding job of becoming experts on their project and in the techniques needed to investigate their hypotheses. They continue to add intellectual input to the project and always produce publication quality work. This, needless to say, takes dedication, tenacity and intellect. Their work will elucidate how a simple mutation in one protein can lead to a disease state- brain tumor, and begin to identify the mechanism which causes this protein to be so deleterious.
BosseTime2017KlekosMia2017TippingMarlaBiology
  
Our lab studies the impact of IDH gene mutations on glial cell growth and development. IDH is known to be mutated in human glial cell tumors-gliomas. We have modeled this disease state and are in the process of an analyzing metabolic, proteomic and cellular impacts. As we have discovered a severe brain phenotype in larva, we are interested in how this affects the behavior of the whole animal. Michelle and Julia will be determining the optimal assays for investigating larva behavior and conducting these tests on wild type and IDH mutant flies. They will also be using a larvae behavior chamber developed at Brown University to more rigorously evaluate behavioral differences.
Michelle and Julia have worked on many projects in my lab. These have been challenging and not always productive. This project will be a shift in technique and theme. They will be tackling a new question and learning new assays. They will also be steering the intellectual aspect of this project by researching and proposing which assay to use to assess the larval behavior. The results they obtain will provide a new way to study IDH mutations, as behavior is often overlooked and whole animal impacts are neglected. This work will add a new dimension to our study and hopefully demonstrate the importance of understanding impact on a whole organism level to our research community.
OuelletteMichelle2016FabianoJulia2017TippingMarlaBiology
  
Joseph Stallone (2018)
Junho Song (2018)
Our lab has generated cell lines and fly lines that express IDH wild type and IDH mutant proteins. IDH mutations are known to be involved in human gliomas. In addition to understanding how this impacts the cell, which other students are working on, we would like to understand where it is working in the cell and determine our protein expression level. Locational studies will allow us to assay where in the cell IDH is working, which will lead to a greater understanding of its molecular function. We are also assessing the protein levels of IDH in the brain. This is a very important question as we see temperature affects in our phenotype. We believe shifting the temperature increases the protein expression, thus enhancing our phenotype.
These students have been in my lab since their freshman year. They have been learning fly husbandry and molecular and cellular assays utilized in the lab but have yet to have their own project. This will be the first project they are leading and responsible for both intellectually and physically. Their contribution to our overall project is essential to demonstrate IDH presence and localization and verify hypotheses we have made pertaining to the severe phenotype we generate in IDH mutant larva.
ChiaramidaGabriela2018MagnerMira2018O'ConnorMeghan2018TippingMarlaBiology
  
The images of massive World Cup stadiums built in the middle of the Amazon Rainforest only to ever host four games, and stadiums built next to impoverished areas of South African cities, leaves people wondering whether the World Cup is economically beneficial to the host nation. Studies of sporting mega-events, such as the Olympics and the World Cup, have mixed results, mostly showing that the events are detrimental to the local economy in the short-term. We consider a potential long-term benefit of hosting a World Cup: increased trade flows. Specifically, we look at the 2010 South African FIFA World Cup. Using panel data from 2007-2013 and a fixed effects model, we find that exports from South Africa to other participating nations increased by 21-23% more than other participating country-pairs. We conclude that the World Cup was beneficial to South African trade flows.
Michael and George produced a high quality research paper for their independent study last semester. They place their work into the existing literature, provide a thorough data analysis, and draw appropriate conclusions. Their written final product is a credit to Providence College, exhibiting an understanding of economics and how to write well.
CopleyGeorge2016NowosadkoMichael2016DillsAngelaEconomics
  
Our lab is interested in metabolic changes that occur in disease and development. We study this in the fruit fly, and are currently focused on mutations in a particular metabolic enzyme, IDH, which is know to be involved in human gliomas. We would like to measure energy utilization of IDH mutant cells while in intact tissue. The XFe96 is a powerful instrument for measuring this parameter in cell culture and tissue sections but has yet to be used for a whole organ. As the brain of a fruit fly is small enough to be assayed using this instrument the real obstacle is optimizing a protocol that will allow for this measurement. John has spent a great deal of time developing a protocol that will measure oxygen consumption and extracellular acidification in Drosophila whole brains. This protocol will then be used to elucidate differences between wild type and mutant animals.
John has been dedicated himself to generating this protocol and is in the process of completing the final experiments required to write a manuscript reporting this method to the fly and neuroscience community. This project has required patience and tenacity, as many obstacles were presented. His work will be not only useful to answering the questions our lab is interested in but will also aid all neuroscientists interested in metabolically characterizing whole organs/tissues in their model system.
MillsJohn2016TippingMarlaBiology
  
Multimodal signaling is when a combination of cues are sent out at the same time, such as chemical, auditory, and visual. The focus of the project was on the reaction of birds in a polyandrous mating system to this type of signaling (auditory and visual), specifically Jacana spinosa, a bird commonly found in Palo Verde, Costa Rica. A polyandrous mating system is one where a female has one large territory with many males inside it that separate into their own small territories. The parental roles are reversed and the female mates with the males and the males take care of the eggs and chicks.
We did playbacks of the calls of two predators of the Jacana spinosa, as well as used paper mache models and we either played the call and used the model together or did them separately. Our overall conclusion was that prey species do react more to multimodal signals than individual signals.
This project was conducted while this student was studying abroad on a research-focused semester program in Costa Rica. The subject matter could not be studied in the U.S., so I think it is valuable to showcase what research students undertake internationally. Anne found it most interesting to see the animal reaction to predators, whether it was most notable hearing them, seeing them, or a combination of both. Her studies in Costa Rica have inspired her plans for graduate study in marine biology and environmental ecology.
FilteauAnne2016AgatiAllieCenter for International Studies
  
Joseph Cammarano (Political Science)
Cedric de Leon (Sociology)
Jessica’s honor’s thesis is an empirical study of how media portrayals of terrorism have affected the political attitudes, beliefs and opinions of young adults. Her methods include quantitative and qualitative analyses of broadcast and cable television news and entertainment programming in three case studies, an original survey of students and faculty, and a focus group of working class young adults. Jessica expects to find that heavy exposure to TV (both as young children and as young adults) has socialized many members of her generation to excessively fear terrorism and violence, with important consequences for their political attitudes and policy opinions.
Jessica’s thesis is a superb example of independent student research. Jessica conceived the idea on her own and has executed the project with care, insight and perseverance. Moreover, the topic should be of great interest to fellow students (and faculty), as it concerns high-profile political and social issues with particular relevance for her generation. Jessica is applying to top PhD programs in political science, and her research project provides a good snapshot of her considerable knowledge, diligence and dedication. Jessica is presenting part of her research at the New England Political Science Association Annual Meeting this spring, so participating in the Celebration of Student Scholarship and Creativity would give her additional experience and confidence. Jessica is also a first-generation college student who has overcome some significant social obstacles to excel here at PC, achieving honors in both her political science and history majors. She has a very bright future and would be a shining example to students who may be considering academic career paths.
JamesJessica2016GuardinoMattPolitical Science
  
Hailey’s project is an empirical analysis of local television news and newspaper coverage of female candidates and elected officials in Rhode Island. Her methods include quantitative analyses of several commercial and public media outlets during four recent elections, and in-depth interviews with female elected officials (including Governor Gina Raimondo) and a prominent local journalist. Overall, although Hailey found little explicit bias, she identified subtle negative aspects of coverage that could add to other obstacles facing women in politics. Hailey’s study underscores both the victories for gender equality and the remaining obstacles, and highlights benefits of well-funded (especially public) media.
Hailey’s project (completed with assistance from a competitive Forand Scholarship from the Political Science Department) concerns a topic (gender equality) with great relevance for students and faculty. Moreover, it is unusual in that it focuses very closely on the local Rhode Island area. Needless to say, Hailey performed superbly on the project (which was completed during the fall semester), receiving an “A” for her independent study course. She is an exemplary student overall, and is one of the hardest workers among all the students I have had at Providence College. Hailey is from Rhode Island and is unique in that she has a very strong connection to the local area (for example, she follows area politics very closely, has interned in local government and campaigns, and is strongly considering a career in local or state politics – the state would be fortunate to have her!). For these reasons, Hailey would represent a different and valuable voice at the Celebration of Student Scholarship and Creativity.
TavaresHailey2016GuardinoMattPolitical Science
  
Quan Vu
This is a hands on semester long team project with a real business.
The team found a company they wanted to analyze, interviewed people working there, prepared business documentation and analyzed the system of internal control associated with the Statement analytics process.
They essentially acted as a business consulting team.  The team also put together a presentation to be shown in class an a report to be graded by the professor and shared with the company. The company's feedback was extremely positive.
The team did exceptional work on the project, and learned a lot. This project makes an invaluable contribution to their future career.
RIzzaJulia2017RenaudMaegan2017TarantoRobert2017GantmanSoniaAccounting
  
Kadene Pitter (2016)
Twitter has recently made several high-profile changes, such as laying off 8% of its workforce, including executives of the company, to address growth concerns and a near all-time low stock price. A major challenge that Twitter faces is related to consumer engagement. This student group utilized various qualitative and quantitative marketing research techniques, like depth interviews, focus groups, and surveys, to understand the factors that influence Twitter engagement and how to increase it while stimulating growth. Students used statistical techniques, like regression analysis, to discover and disseminate their findings, which they would highlight in the annual celebration. 
This project is worthy of inclusion in the annual celebration for many reasons. One, this project incorporates a semester’s worth of effort by the students, and they should be not only be celebrated for that work, but also should gain practice disseminating research findings to a wider audience. Two, this project represents the top work performed in one of three sections of marketing research that I taught last semester. Three, at least one student in this group is actively pursuing a career in marketing research, and this would be a good resume item and experience that would help differentiate her from other job candidates. It would also be a worthwhile experience for the others in the group as quantitative marketing analysis skills are increasingly desired by marketers. Four, this project represents a real and timely problem within business that is worthy of further discussion. Five, research from the business school is not often featured in the celebration of scholarship, and I would like to see that trend reversed. Six, I am a member of the undergraduate research committee, and would like to personally contribute to its mission of promoting undergraduate research.

Note: The reasons for inclusion are the same across the three projects that I nominated because they truly apply in each case. However, each project has its own story and represents research from different industries/companies, so they will uniquely contribute to the annual celebration. These group projects represent the top work from each of my marketing research sections, and I think they should all be included. All of these projects have been confirmed through PC’s IRB to be mock consulting activities that do not require IRB review per Michael Kraten (documentation of this can be provided if needed). 
ChapmanAlexandra 2016CurtisMary2016FitmanAndrew2016NewmanKevinMarketing
  
Jessica Tourville (2016)
Major US cities are reporting severe declines in taxi usage as competition grows in the ride sharing market. Companies like Lyft are growing at a tremendous pace and seeing companies like GM invest heavily in them. This student group utilized various qualitative and quantitative marketing research techniques, like depth interviews, focus groups, and surveys, to understand factors that drive consumers to use one ride share service over another and what taxi companies can do to regain market share. Students used statistical techniques, like regression analysis, to discover and disseminate their findings, which they would highlight in the annual celebration. 
This project is worthy of inclusion in the annual celebration for many reasons. One, this project incorporates a semester’s worth of effort by the students, and they should be not only be celebrated for that work, but also should gain practice disseminating research findings to a wider audience. Two, this project represents the top work performed in one of three sections of marketing research that I taught last semester. Three, some students in this group are exploring careers in marketing research, and this would be a good resume item and experience that would help differentiate themselves from other job candidates. It would also be a worthwhile experience for the others in the group as quantitative marketing analysis skills are increasingly desired by marketers. Four, this project represents a real and timely problem within business that is worthy of further discussion. Five, research from the business school is not often featured in the celebration of scholarship, and I would like to see that trend reversed. Six, I am a member of the undergraduate research committee, and would like to personally contribute to its mission of promoting undergraduate research.

Note: The reasons for inclusion are the same across the three projects that I nominated because they truly apply in each case. However, each project has its own story and represents research from different industries/companies, so they will uniquely contribute to the annual celebration. These group projects represent the top work from each of my marketing research sections, and I think they should all be included. All of these projects have been confirmed through PC’s IRB to be mock consulting activities that do not require IRB review per Michael Kraten (documentation of this can be provided if needed). 
BrobergHaley2016ConnollyShannon2016PolitiLauren2016NewmanKevinMarketing
  
Cutting the cord, or cancelling traditional TV cable service, has been a growing trend as more consumers are driven to alternative services, like online streaming (e.g., Netflix). This student group utilized various qualitative and quantitative marketing research techniques, like depth interviews, focus groups, and surveys, to understand the factors that influence viewership of cable vs. streaming services and what cable companies can do to regain market share. Students used statistical techniques, like regression analysis, to discover and disseminate their findings, which they would highlight in the annual celebration. 
This project is worthy of inclusion in the annual celebration for many reasons. One, this project incorporates a semester’s worth of effort by the students, and they should be not only be celebrated for that work, but also should gain practice disseminating research findings to a wider audience. Two, this project represents the top work performed in one of three sections of marketing research that I taught last semester. Three, several students in this group are exploring careers in marketing research, and this would be a good resume item and experience that would help differentiate themselves from other job candidates. It would also be a worthwhile experience for the others in the group as quantitative marketing analysis skills are increasingly desired by marketers. Four, this project represents a real and timely problem within business that is worthy of further discussion. Five, research from the business school is not often featured in the celebration of scholarship, and I would like to see that trend reversed. Six, I am a member of the undergraduate research committee, and would like to personally contribute to its mission of promoting undergraduate research.

Note: The reasons for inclusion are the same across the three projects that I nominated because they truly apply in each case. However, each project has its own story and represents research from different industries/companies, so they will uniquely contribute to the annual celebration. These group projects represent the top work from each of my marketing research sections, and I think they should all be included. All of these projects have been confirmed through PC’s IRB to be mock consulting activities that do not require IRB review per Michael Kraten (documentation of this can be provided if needed). 
BarrowsRachel2016BustoJulia2016GleasonKevin2016NewmanKevinMarketing
  
Mysid shrimp are important members of the Narragansett Bay ecosystem. As our local climate changes, we are interested in how environmental cues affect feeding and aggression in mysid species, Americamysis bahia. Very little is known about this species' natural history, but our findings are consistent with mysids living in swarms and feeding primarily at night. However, many behaviors are complex such that mysid feeding and interactions are not predicted by simple cues such as size or presence/absence of competitors or prey items.
Tracy and Ellie developed new protocols and contributed valuable insights into the biology of an important local species. The resulting work is of high-quality and they are currently preparing a manuscript to submit to a student research journal.
YeboahTracy2016KawaElizabeth2017BaileyMaiaBiology
  
Laura Williams, Biology
The GSAP Microflush toilet flushes on 150 cc of water from the prior users' hand wash and rapidly separates liquids from solids, processing the solids with a macro-organism enhanced aerobic process and handling the liquids with standard sub-surface infiltration.  Using multi-sample deep DNA analysis of the bacteria, this project will qualitatively and quantitatively analyze the products of the filter-digester over time.  The filtrate samples included one captured from the effluent, one processed using SOLDIS and another processed using a Slow Sand Filter.
It is the first time such an analysis has been carried out on an off-grid sustainable sanitation technology.
KleinschmidtClaire 2017MeccaStephenEngineering-Physics-Systems
  
The main focus of this project is to develop a voltmeter by measuring the light emitted from an LED with a smart phone’s light meter.  We intend to accomplish this by measuring the current through the diode and the light intensity of the diode for known voltages to determine the relationship between a voltage and light intensity of the diode.  Using this information, we can create an APP that measures an unknown voltage based on the light intensity of the diode. Directly measuring voltage using a smart phone is not a viable option, as smart phones typically don’t have an accessible voltage sensor.  Using the device’s light meter is a way to indirectly measure an unknown voltage. 
The ability to measure voltage is significant because it expands the measurement capabilities of smart phones and tablets equipped with a light meter and furthers the potential to develop accurate measurement tools for such devices.  At a recent meeting of the AAPT, this captured the attention of an experienced colleaguein the field of Android sensing.
StiflerCayla2016MeccaStephenEngineering-Physics-Systems
  
This project is an empirical study of how 5- to 7-year-old children understand the transfer of ownership.  Specifically, if an item is stolen and then transformed, who is its rightful owner? Children heard four illustrated stories about an object that is stolen and then modified in either a positive or negative way. Preliminary results suggest that children do not transfer ownership to a thief after the object is stolen, but do after the thief modifies the object in some way. Ongoing research will pursue the same question with adult participants.
Results of this project have the potential to reveal new information on how children and adults conceive of ownership.
LeonAna2016Van ReetJennifer Psychology
  
A small amount of this project was conducted by Giselle Bonilla and is also being taken up by Celia Rapp, but Alejandro has been the steady lead researcher.
The S-Lab’s Microflush toilet technology is beginning to go to scale worldwide through the Global Sustainable Aid Project’s (GSAP’s) MAKER_LENDER enterprise models.  The MAKER model has been deployed in 16 countries and had been conducted in multiple languages.  The LENDER model has begun with 4 new enterprises, three of which have women in the key roles.  It will soon be deployed with the Maasai women in Kenya. The project is aimed at developing appropriate preparation and training for new LENDERs to include a series of training guides, videos and forms to facilitate the selection and start-up of stand-alone LENDERs and LENDER_MAKER partnerships with an emphasis on women as the business lead. We are having to address issues such as  market currency volatility that can threaten a fragile revolving loan fund  and ethics in cultures of corruption.
Some 2.5 billion people in the world lack access to a proper toilet and the GSAP Microflush toilet, has proven to be a viable solution.  Even at the average price, $300, charged by MAKERs, without a microloan it is not affordable to those households in the lowest quintiles of the household income spectrum.  Some rural communities do not have microlenders and those that do have credit available often will not lend to the rural poor.  The new models of microlending include an array of options from banks to community organizations to individuals supported with a small facilitated provider grant program.  It is this level that is the focus of GSAP’s LENDER model.  Further, the model emphasizes women and is seeking to empower rural women  in this franchise role.  
AyalaAlejandro2017MeccaStephenEngineering-Physics-Systems
  
This project is an empirical study involving 3- to 5-year-old children. Its goal is to directly compare three common contexts - play, book-reading, and direct labeling - in which preschoolers learn words to determine which one is best. Participants are exposed to four novel words/objects in one of the three contexts and then their learning of their words is assessed using a recognition paradigm. Preliminary results show that children do not learn in the play context but can in the other two settings.
These results have the potential to inform early education practices.  Play-based teaching is very common in preschoolers, yet our results suggest this is the worst context for learning.
FaheyMichaela2016Van ReetJenniferPsychology
  
This project is an empirical study of second- and third-graders mathematics motivation and learning. After a pre-test to ensure participants do not know how to calculate area, they are taught one of four lessons in how to calculate area of squares and rectangles. The lessons either contain personalized information (like the children's names and favorite colors) and/or fantastical elements. Last, they complete a post-test on calculating area and an interest survey. Data collection is ongoing and results are currently being analyzed.
Many, many students lose interest in math early in their school careers. Finding which factors can maintain student interest and help learning is key and potentially valuable to educators.
ColabatisttoDanielle2016Van ReetJenniferPsychology
  
The S-Lab is dedicated to working on projects of meaning especially impacting rural communities in the developing world.  The technology has proven to be effective and sustainable; yet our lab continues to study and improve the system through a number of projects and we are hoping to fulfill a long-standing desire to understand the details of the complex process that operates in the Microflush toilet’s filter-digester.  That process includes macro-organism enhanced aerobic digestion governed by a number of parameters including temperature, pH, oxygen, moisture and the C/N ratio of the deposited waste among other factors.  We have designed a benchtop filter-digester and an accompanying monitor and control system focusing on the these factors while observing the effect on the mass of solids.
The process of decomposition of waste in the GSAP Microflush toilet is of such complexity that it has never been modeled from the basic interacting processes involved.  Having a benchtop system where the individual parameters can be controlled and monitored 24-7 will help us better understand the role of each factor with a view to optimizing each.
ZingweBrian2016KoulopoulosThomas2016MeccaStephenEngineering-Physics-Systems
  
Slow Sand Filtration (SSF)is an easy method of water purification used to eliminate pathogens from contaminated water. It has been used with the Microflush toilet to build the first completely closed toilet in the world. The S-Lab has designed, constructed and tested two models of slow sand filters and studied their efficacy in killing bacteria. A recent paper dealing with stormwater has identified that the use of (5%) biochar in a SSF can increase the bacteria kill rate by a factor of 100. I will build on our lab's experience with SSFs to do a controlled study of a Biochar enhanced SSF.  We have constructed 7  filters, 1 control and 3 homogenous (3%, 5% and 10% biochar) and 3 stratified (top, middle, bottom) to study the morphology of the process.
The project is significant from several perspectives.  If the biochar does enhance the Process by a factor of 100, the resulting systems will achieve as much as a 10^7 kill rate rendering processed filtrate virtually pathogen free.  Further, the biochar can be produced from pyrolysis of  coconut shells, a nuisance waste in many developing countries.  Finally, it is possible that designs based on this research can be made smaller while achieving acceptable bacteria kill rates.
CarilloEmily2017MeccaStephenEngineering-Physics-Systems
  
This hands-on team project is the axis of AIS class. Teams find real organizations to work with.
The team then interview people, analyze their business practices, and prepare business process documentation.
Last part of the project is evaluating the system of internal control and providing suggestions for improvement.
Many teams choose to work with different departments of Providence College. This team did exceptional job analyzing the process of selling tickets to sport events  by the Friar Box office.
This is an interesting and challenging process, and the team did a great job analyzing it.
BarrettConnor2016FormicaMaxwell2016GiacoseKristen2016GantmanSoniaAccounting
  
Rebecca Simon
Bruno Guiop
Seth Ashman is helping with the science lab extensions.
The S-Lab’s Lab-in-a-Box features a computer lab hosting a rich set of educational resources (the GSAP Portal) for all subjects plus a set of inexpensive components to facilitate science lab demonstrations, experiments and activities that make use of APPs on the included tablet.  The system has been deployed in 151 rural English speaking schools in the developing world.  The present projects is aimed at building Spanish and French versions of the Lab in a Box GSAP Portal and extending the content of the English version. We are also exploring the potential of a new product, IOLab, for the science extensions of the Lab in a Box. The original work was presented at an AAPT national meeting last summer and has been published in a journal article last fall. 
As a result of an improvement in the deployment technology from a Raspberry Pi to a new file hub, the content of the English version of the portal from the original 64 GB limit.  The deployment of the English version has impacted nearly 100,000 students; we expect the Spanish and French versions will have similar success. 
BoydNicole2018McIntyrKerry2018FeeleyMichele2018MeccaStephenEngineering-Physics-Systems
  
Bridget McFadden
Conner Barrett
Allison Herring
The S-Lab has worked on a number of useful systems that could be part of a comprehensive WASH (Water Sanitation and Hygiene) solution for households in resource constrained communities. This project is aimed at advancing several subsystems including: rainwater harvesting, potable water treatment, domestic hot water heating, shower and clothes washing, a toilet and male urinal, a small scale  garden with irrigation/moisture control and provision for soil health and a small solar powered lighting system.
Water is a scarce resource in so many regions of the world.  Supplying water for family needs often falls on girls and women in the family and gets in the way of other activities including the education of girls.  Target households often lack sanitation; nearly half of the world’s population lacks access to a basic toilet and use the “bush” – open defecation.  The potential to ease the supply- quality- and utilization- of water is significant especially if the capital outlay is affordable and the whole system is considered.
DePerroAndrew2017CudakMichael2017CunninghamJames2017MeccaStephenEngineering-Physics-Systems
  
Kathryn Ellersick
Brittany Mandeville
Jack Ricci
Delina Auciella
This project began with a 3 week shadowing of community health nurses in Ghana by a team of students from PC, the University of Ghana and Ashesi University in Ghana enrolled in our Community-Based Student Internship (CBSI).  Their observations led to the outline of an IT grounded system to compliment, augment and improve the quality of the health service provided by the nurses.  Following the student team has been developing components of the system including: instrumentation to acquire vital data from an ailing client, school and community health-hygiene educational resources and an EMR system to track client encounters.  The system will be prototyped in Ghana in this year's CBSI.
Physician led medicine is scarce in Ghana. In the northern part of the country there is 1 doctor per 100,000 people and, even community health workers are not always accessible to individuals in need.  Health education is a rote memorization process.  Yet, there are opportunities to improve the system with the types of interventions the team is considering:  from the acquisition and tracking of vital data during a client encounter, to education on water borne and insect borne disease and basic mental/emotional health. If even one case of cholera can be avoided as a result of this effort, the social value will have been worth the creative and development efforts expended.
SalhaneyPeter2016GueretteJulia2016CramerLauren2016MeccaStephenEngineering-Physics-Systems
  
During the winter break, an engineering student from Clarkson Eniversity, Nic Liotta, contributed to this project.  Since this is a PC Celebration, he is not eligible to participate in this Celebration in spite of the excellent contributions he made.
The Microflush valve was developed in the S-Lab several years ago.  It flushes on just one cup (150 cc) of water and that water comes from the prior user's hand wash.  The valve is an important component of the GSAP Microflush toilet for which there are trained toilet MAKERs in 16 countries around the world.  The lab has an ongoing program to improve the valve; we are making it easier to fabricate locallyand adding options such as autoflush  capability when used with a standard squat fixture. This project has been studying such options and improvements and is working to improve an apparatus for testing the valves to failure.
Communities in which the MIcroflush toilet is used, have toilet sanitation habits that differ from those in the western world, e.g. Muslim communities use squat toilets and practice anal cleansing versus the use of toilet tissue.  In such situations, a direct drop squat toilet can use the Microflush valve but it is better if the valve is auto-flushing.  If the S-Lab project is successful, the valve and accompanying toilet will be accessible to such cultures and the communities will have the benefits of a sustainable toilet technology that isolates waste from space with the downstream benefits of this to health and hygiene.
NicholasBrian2017MeccaStephenEngineering-Physics-Systems
  
 Alvarez, Analisa UG-2016, Major: MKT, Minor: FIN aalvare7@friars.providence.edu Student
 Benson, Hunter J   UG-2016, Major: MKT hbenson@friars.providence.edu Student
 Carew, Caroline R   UG-2016, Major: MKT, Minor: SOC ccarew@friars.providence.edu Student
 Curto, Joseph M   UG-2016, Major: MKT jcurto@friars.providence.edu Student
 D'Avanzo, Giana N   UG-2017, Major: FIN, Other: LAH gdavanzo@friars.providence.edu Student
 Deraney, Danielle R   UG-2016, Major: MKT dderaney@friars.providence.edu Student
 Dottore, Camille B   UG-2016, Major: MKT cdottore@friars.providence.edu Student
 Flanigan, Leah K   UG-2016, Major: MKT, Minor: WRT lflaniga@friars.providence.edu Student
 Flood, Devin M   UG-2016, Major: MKT, Minor: WRT dflood@friars.providence.edu Student
 Gaeta, Emileigh R   UG-2016, Major: MKT egaeta1@friars.providence.edu Student
 Gerraughty, Jennifer P   UG-2016, Major: MKT jgerraug@friars.providence.edu Student
 Gough, Kendall M   UG-2016, Major: MKT kgough@friars.providence.edu Student
 Kukowski, Courtney L   UG-2016, Major: MKT, Minor: FIN ckukowsk@friars.providence.edu Student
 Letourneau, Janet   Practitioner Faculty(full-time jletour2@providence.edu Instructor
 Lizzul, Eric R   UG-2016, Major: MKT elizzul@friars.providence.edu Student
 LoRicco, Jacqueline A   UG-2016, Major: MKT jloricco@friars.providence.edu Student
 McGill, Madeline G   UG-2016, Major: MKT mmcgill3@friars.providence.edu Student
 McGuire, Brendon P   UG-2016, Major: MKT bmcguir3@friars.providence.edu Student
 Muldoon, Rose M   UG-2016, Major: MKT rmuldoon@friars.providence.edu Student
 Perri, Kelsey A   UG-2016, Major: MKT kperri1@friars.providence.edu Student
 Ramire, Sarah K   UG-2016, Major: FRN/MKT sramire@friars.providence.edu Student
 Tourville, Jessica B   UG-2016, Major: MKT jtourvil@friars.providence.edu Student
 White, Hayley A UG-2016, Major: MKT hwhite@friars.providence.edu  
This was a class project, I have listed Hunter's name at the top in order to be able to submit the form.  Any questions, let me know.  Hunter's name is also listed in the group copied from Sakai.  Any questions, please let me know.  Thank you, JML
This project required the students to design a complete strategy applying each of the elements of the promotional mix:  advertising, direct response, digital media, sales promotion & public relations.  Students worked with the Salvation Army to establish key objectives and designed a strategy that would achieve those objectives.  In order to reach the objective(s), a target market was researched and a detailed profile  established, external forces were considered, a brand analysis completed, advertising, public relations, sales promotion and digital media plans were proposed based on key concepts covered in the course.  In addition, consistency throughout the project had to be maintained.
Besides the obvious of applying concepts to  a real life, requested project, the students received first-hand experience working directly for the Salvation Army; the entire class learned the importance of team work; and upon completion of their presentation to the leaders, board and consultants-those present from Salvation Army, could not say enough about the wonderful work they did!  The following ideas have been implemented by the Salvation Army - Rhode Island Chapter:

Salvation Army used the students work in the following ways:

•They used the mock commercials to develop their own versions (modeled after what the students created)

•They implemented the social media & marketing strategies (creating a clearer handle, separating RI's website from Conn.'s, scheduling posts, etc.)

•They also used the final product (the marketing & communication plan) as the basis for their strategic planning for all of the RI corps' since the students' work was timely given the "clean up" Major Kountz was sent to do.

So they're work was deeply valued and beneficial to the statewide re-development and re-birth of the corps. It also helped jump start their independent identity building (RI corps were always connected with Conn's).
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Gray, Patrick 2016
McGuire, Brendon 2016
Spencer, Caroline 2016
Toro Perdomo, Mariana 2016
White, Jennifer 2016
Caloura, Rae
The students competed in the 2015-2016 American Marketing Association Collegiate Case Competition for Hershey's Ice Breakers Cool Blasts chews by completing a comprehensive marketing plan comprised of a targeting strategy, value proposition, positioning strategy, product strategy, trial strategy, an integrated marketing communications program from April 2016 to March 2017 with a $10 million budget, and sales projections for five years.  They also conducted a survey that addressed demographics, consumption, distribution, media, and their “Break into the Moment” campaign as well as their “Break into your Wild Side” and “Break into the Night” sub-campaigns. Their outstanding project reached the semifinals in the international case competition.
Based on their extraordinary research efforts, their outstanding project reached the semifinals in this international case competition, marking the first time that Providence College earned that distinction.
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Melbourne, Timothy 2019
Caloura, Rae
These freshman MKT 205 Principles of Marketing students competed against the senior MKT 404 Advanced Advertising students to represent Providence College in the 2015-2016 American Marketing Association Collegiate Case Competition for Hershey's Ice Breakers Cool Blasts chews by completing a comprehensive marketing plan comprised of a targeting strategy, value proposition, positioning strategy, product strategy, trial strategy, an integrated marketing communications program from April 2016 to March 2017 with a $10 million budget, and sales projections for five years. 
In addition to taking 20 chapter quizzes and a comprehensive final exam, these freshman students put forth extraordinary effort exceeding 75 hours per person and ultimately produced an outstanding marketing plan.
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