Bass Connections is a new university-wide initiative that links faculty and students to respond to complex challenges through problem-focused educational pathways and project teams.

In the News

Bass Connections team member Suellen Li discusses how her team Strengthening Community Environmental Health through Duke-HBCU Partnerships confronts environmental injustice and community health issues in a disadvantaged urban neighborhood in Dallas, Texas in her Diaries From The Field blog post.

Duke Today's David Jarmul gives an initial snapshot of one team from each of Bass Connections’ five initial thematic areas, and captures the interdisciplinarity of our problem tackiling intiative in his article Bass Connections: Crossing Disciplines to Tackle Society's Problems

Bass Connections Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing in the Developing World team explores cell-free fetal DNA in pregnant mother’s blood that can detect Down syndrome and other genetic abnormalities. As the tests become more common, however, they are also posing some difficult new ethical and practical concerns. Read more here from Duke Today.


Come check out our Bass Connections project team posters and connect with current project team members! 

This year, in collaboration with the URSO, we have arranged for a section of Visible Thinking to showcase the Bass Connections project teams!  This year’s Visible Thinking is scheduled for Tuesday, April 22, 11:30am-2:00pm in the French Family Science Center. 

Join the Bass Connections Education & Human Development theme Tuesday, April 15th at 7:30pm in Gross Hall 230 for a screening and discussion of "Corridor of Shame," an emotional documentary about the challenges faced in funding an adequate education for children in rural South Carolina.

Check out the trailer for "Corridor of Shame" here on YouTube.

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