Bass Connections Teams Share Research Highlights at 2022 Showcase
June 7, 2022
On April 13, students from our 2021-2022 project teams shared their research highlights at the sixth annual Fortin Foundation Bass Connections Showcase in Penn Pavilion.
More than 350 people from the Duke community, including faculty, staff and students, took part in the event, which was held in-person for the first time in two years. Students presented their research through lightning talks and poster presentations as well as through interactive displays, which were a new feature of this year’s showcase.
Provost Sally Kornbluth gave opening remarks. “I really think Bass Connections is one of the jewels in the crown here at Duke,” she said. “All corners of the campus are represented here and people bring their disciplinary expertise to bear on truly interdisciplinary, problem-directed projects … The faculty leaders starting these projects don’t actually have the answers … Students learn to embrace the uncertainty and excitement of research and learn to work in teams that are diverse – demographically, culturally and intellectually – while finding common languages to speak across disciplines. These are incredibly valuable skills no matter what you do in life, so I think it’s exciting that students are partnering with faculty and a whole array of organizations … to develop solutions that really work for the community.”
Students from six project teams presented five-minute lightning talks at this year's showcase. These teams were selected to highlight the breadth of research being conducted through the program. Videos of this year's talks are forthcoming.
Bioremediation of Plastic Pollution to Conserve Marine Biodiversity
American Predatory Lending and the Global Financial Crisis
Revaluing Care in the Global Economy
Strengthening Partnerships Between Durham Public Schools and Local Universities
Language, Music and Dementia
Policy Surveillance of Financing for Universal Health Coverage
This year, eight teams shared their research through interactive displays, which featured prototypes, simulations, field tools, digital media and exhibits, pamphlets, maps, infographics and more.
A panel of judges selected A City and Its River: Durham's Ellerbe Creek Watershed as the winner of the inaugural award for best interactive display. The runner up was Engineering a Low-cost Device to Monitor Irrigation in Rural Kenya.
Over 50 project teams shared research posters with showcase guests. A panel of judges that included program alumni and affiliates as well as members of the Bass Connections Student Advisory Council selected the winners of the 2022 Bass Connections Poster Competition.
“North Carolina Guide to Green Roofs,” Energy and Environment Design and Innovation (Alex Bussey, Audrey Hicks, Colin Lee, Ginny Naughton, Emma Quig, Sagar Shah, Ava Weinreb)
“Driver's License Suspension and Self-Sufficiency,” Justice Reform Efforts and Effects on Self-sufficiency (Anna Gassman-Pines, Clinton Boyd Jr., Adrienne Jones, Warren Lowell, James McIntyre III, Jada Purkett, Richard Qi, Katherine LoBue)
“Effect of Defaunation on Tropical Forest Ecosystem Services,” Impact of Declining Animal Populations on Tropical Forests (Enikoe Bihari, Christina Boxberger, Camille DeSisto, Sara Haas, Maiya Hayes, Courtney Horn, Aubrey Knier, Jessica Lipschultz, Vincent Maicher, Halina Malinowski, Sari Palmroth, Tyler Pelletier, John Poulsen, Laura Toledo)
Awards and Grants
At the showcase, Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies Edward Balleisen recognized this year’s award winners for leadership and mentorship, as well as the recipients of this year’s student research grants.
Joint winners: Kyle Bradbury and Jordan Malof (Assistant Research Professors in Electrical and Computer Engineering), Creating Artificial Worlds with AI to Improve Energy Access Data
Aislinn McLaughlin (Master of Environmental Management), A City and Its River: Durham’s Ellerbe Creek Watershed
Ten graduate students and twenty-two undergraduates will pursue faculty-mentored research projects this summer and next year with grant funding from Bass Connections. Their projects explore a diverse range of topics, including community-based interventions for epilepsy and sickle cell disease in Uganda, the effects of artistic practice on mental health and well-being, biodiversity conservation in Madagascar, the use of creative media and storytelling to explore neuroscience, and more.