Model Citizen: In September, Maro Sciacchitano '99, competed in the International Create Challenge 2012 in Martingy, Switzerland. His team was a awarded an 10 thousand dollar prize for developing a method for producing 3 dimensional physical models of the human brain from medical imaging data. The team hopes this technology will open a new window to understanding brain structure and pave the way towards leveraging 3-D printing technology in neuroscience and other medical disciplines. Congratulations!
Mental Note: Caitlin Zellers, MS ‘12, is one of three undergraduates to have curated an exhibit in the Dartmouth libraries this term. “Perturbations, Water Nymphes, and the Devil Perceptions of Mental Disease Then and Now,” is housed in the Class of 1965 Galleries in Rauner Special Collections Library and runs from April 2nd through June 21st.
Innovation Explanation: Jason Young, MS ’02, was recognized by American Express and Ashoka as one of forty-five future leaders in social entrepreneurship in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. He is the founder of Mindblown Labs, a start-up that makes mobile games that teach young people financial literacy and other 21st Century Skills. Jason will take part in the2013 American Express Emerging Innovators Campaign.
Let the Sun Shine In:Angela Oh, MS ‘11, and Christina Vourakis, MS ‘12, have partnered up to establish an official Harvard chapter of Project Sunshine, an organization that partners with local hospitals to help support programs related to arts, crafts, education, and social services for children who face medical challenges. They are looking forward to initiating creative new programs at Tufts Floating Hospital in Boston this semester and beyond.
Word Lovers Unite! Graphic artist Veronika Heckova-Wu, MS ‘03, and her husband, Albert Wu, have recently launched Lexigrams, a new kind of visual dictionary designed to help people learn and retain complex English words using artistic illustrations that touch on universal cues and themes. Thus far, Lexigrams has over 100 illustrated word definitions and it continues to grow.