Interested in learning more about Bass Connections from the point of view of faculty? Here, Duke faculty members reflect on their experience. Inspired? Learn how you can get involved in Bass Connections.
We put together teams of Pratt and Trinity undergraduates, as well as graduate students, to come up with their own ideas of what they’re interested in working on in the realm of energy and the environment. Every year, they come up with awesome things. I see that the learning process in working on teams is such a rich way to learn from each other. I find that I want more and more of that small group experience and exploration in my research and teaching. full profile »
Our class Performance and Technology is cross-listed in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Information Science, Theater Studies and Dance. We get an incredibly eclectic group of students taking it. The Bass Connections team does things that spin out of the class and we take further. Creating artists who understand technology, and engineers who understand art, is what our class and project are all about. I like to think about it like a vocabulary. full profile »
Our team is conducting a global value chain analysis of the launch of chlorhexidine (CHX) for umbilical cord care in Bangladesh. We’re not just looking at the supply chain, but more broadly looking at all the factors surrounding the production, distribution and adoption of CHX by health care workers and mothers. Seventy percent of the births in Bangladesh are home births…. We needed students from many disciplines. One thing was true of them all: they had pluck! full profile »
The idea for this project was based on a beginning partnership with Paul Quinn College. I do some work at the intersection of environmental justice and urban development, and I had a small grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Federation to do work in the community next to the college. I came up with this idea of bringing students from Duke and Paul Quinn together for the next phase. Bass Connections was really transformative for me. full profile »
The Bass Connections experience has been personally very transforming intellectually. It’s partially changed my research and writing focus. I have a piece coming out on touch and closeness in a collection to be published by the University of Chicago Press, which I never would have written if I hadn’t had this experience. And I’m working on a piece on spatial memory, which is a new area of reflection for me. full profile »
It’s been a really interesting experience to merge the global health side and the business school side, because we don’t always come at problems the same way. We’re all learning a lot in this process…. We’re writing a paper together, and as a group we went to the CUGH conference and presented a poster. That was a great experience. And a couple of our students participated in a case competition and actually won! full profile »