Visible Thinking: Celebrating Community-Engaged Research

Biswas, Salzman, Arivoli, Burroughs and Wilson  at ACS conference sign

Each year, Duke Service-Learning reviews Duke's Visible Thinking abstracts to award the Community-Engaged designation for undergraduate research. Selected projects represented different types of engagement including work with faculty in partnership with community or governmental agencies, exploring issues of identity in the context of a community placement, and creating products or research on behalf of an organization. The photos below illustrate just one example of how students are researching innovative ways to work with communities to solve real-world problems. See all the selections from Spring 2020 here.

Photo at top right: Gastroschisis silos are often unavailable in sub-Saharan Africa, contributing to high mortality.  Arushi Biswas, Caroline Salzman, Muthukurisil Arivoli, Nolan Burroughs, and Patrick Wilson (above) examine a collaboration between engineers and surgeons in the U.S. and Uganda to develop a silo from locally available materials in a research project entitled "Multi-Disciplinary Development of a Low-Cost Gastroschisis Silo for Use in Sub-Saharan Africa."  

Prototype of the low-cost gastroschisis silo that the student team developed.