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Past Projects: Bingham Innovation Fund for Student Innovation In Human Biology

A sampling of previous Bingham funded student innovation projects.

Katharine Griffin Gorsky, “Beyond the Magic Bullet: Innovation in Bottom-up Development” This conference looked at the development tools that are spurring poverty solutions in a “bottom up” fashion including microfinance and financial inclusion, design for extreme affordability (focusing on public health innovations) and positive deviance.

Joy Zhang, “Assessing and Improving Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) Awareness at Stanford” Assessed and improved the knowledge of hepatitis B virus (HBV) among university students, particularly those of Asian Pacific Islander descent. The coordinators held a “Jade Day” and raised HBV awareness by tying green balloons to 800 bikes across campus.

Abimbola Dairo,“The 21st Century Doctor: Non-Traditional Ways of Practicing Medicine” Exposed Stanford’s pre-medical students to physician-leaders who are transforming and broadening the role played by physicians in society. This conference sought to inspire pre-medical students to have an innovative spirit, and to prepare them to be involved in shaping the field of medicine in the aspects of business, public service, and literature.

Tamar Berger, “A Veterans’ Affair: The Biomedical, Social, and Economic Impact of War”. This is a student-initiated course with the goal of enlightening students about the social, psychological, and biological impacts of war through a multifaceted approach—guest lectures, readings, seminar discussions, and community service.

Daniel Bui, “Stanford Journal of Public Health" Was continued as a biannual campus journal that showcased the great diversity of approaches to public health work. The journal is intended to raise awareness for public health issues within the general Stanford community, providing a venue for students to become actively engaged in the field. Along with its accompanying website, the journal will serve as a space for students to present their original research and discuss public health related topics, as well as link interested students to relevant research opportunities, classes, service organizations and more.
 http://www.stanford.edu/group/sjph/cgi-bin/sjphsite/journal-print-archive/

Sarah Mummah, “Stanford Students in K-12 Education” (later “Dreamcatchers”) Worked with Stanford University undergraduates to cultivate future leaders who would change society by changing education. Using a speaker series and fellows seminars, and developing and administering in-depth tutor training seminars, “Dream Catchers” equipped fellows with the tools they needed to become effective tutors. They also worked to develop a sense of community and commitment to encourage fellows to serve in the fields of public service and education.

 Christine Zenner: "The Wisdom Project” This project was a two-day conference of speakers and activities designed to help individuals think about end-of-life issues in a constructive way.

Laura Carwile, “thinkBIG Conference” The thinkBIG conference aimed to inspire students to action by critically looking at the health situations of women and girls in poorer countries.  Their vision was a campus-wide weekend event in which students with diverse interests throughout the Stanford community focused on the issues surrounding international women's health and human rights through speeches, film, student group performances, information panels, opportunity fairs and more.   The ultimate goal was to mobilize their generation--from the diplomat to the doctor to the "check-writer of tomorrow"--to step up to the challenges of the future and work to improve the situation of women throughout the developing world.