Freshmen Power — Helping to Detect Ebola


It started as an extra-credit assignment in Prof. Rachelle Spell‘s Introduction to Biology course: Learn how doctors currently test for the Ebola virus and come up with a faster, more affordable idea.

Now it’s turned into a crowdfunding campaign to make a prototype for freshmen Rostam Zafari (left in above photo) and Brian Goldstone. They hope to┬ádevelop REDS, Rapid Ebola Detection Strips, a portable, fast, less expensive, user-friendly approach to detecting the virus in the field.

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Combining Human Health with Business

Eddie Kovel 13C, a business major with a predictive health minor, talks about his innovative business idea, an exercise card game (Playout: The Game), which grew out of his human health studies at Emory.

The field of human health is undergoing a dramatic transformation because of medical breakthroughs and social/demographic changes. As a new model that understands health as a positive condition rather than the mere absence of disease, it holds the promise of improving the well-being of individuals and communities throughout the world. One of the fastest growing sectors in the economy, the human health field is creating new opportunities in medicine, business, law, public policy, the arts, and elsewhere.

In higher education, the Emory Center for the Study of Human Health represents one of the first comprehensive efforts to bring together the resources of a major research university to advance knowledge and undergraduate education in this critical area.

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Growing Lettuce in the DUC

Alex Boettcher 13C and Jai Seth 14C (both Economics majors and Sustainability minors) talk about the hydroponics system they built for the Dobbs University Center (DUC) this semester in order to promote sustainable and local food. The system currently grows about 50 heads of lettuce in 15 square-feet of space. Both Boettcher and Seth credit lots of support from Emory faculty and programs, particularly the Center for the Study of Human Health, Prof. Brian Campbell (Foundations of Sustainability class) and Interim Executive Director of Food Service Administration Kenny Hemmer.

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