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Recipients of the 2009 Inaugural Jefferson Public Citizens Awards

  • JPC Group: Stephanie Paredes, Betty Chen, Gina Ou
    Faculty Advisor: Robert Swap
    Project Title: A Study on the Social, Political, and Technical Barriers to the Alleviation of Groundwater Arsenic Contamination in Santiago del Estero, Argentina

    This JPC group seeks to reduce the level of cancer-causing arsenic contamination in the water supply of Santiago del Estero, Argentina, using past research conducted by U.Va. students. During an eight week trip to Argentina, these students will collaborate with the local community and the NGO Pilotos Solidarios to create a sustainable, cost-effective system of water purification.

  • JPC Group: Kate Villars, Cara Magoon, Julie Evans, Brian Hickey, Chris Tutino, Ariel Sayre
    Faculty Advisor: Robert Swap
    Project Title: Water, Health and Sanitation in La Gracia, Belize

    This group of JPC students will help the town of La Gracia, Belize access clean water and proper sanitation by constructing a water purification system at a nearby school and leading community education workshops on water health. They will also work with other U.Va. students to raise money to cover the cost of building purification systems in other La Gracia homes.

  • JPC Group: Daniel Saboe, Brandon Groves, Robert Wyllie, Rodrigo Sarlo, Tian Lu
    Faculty Advisor: Robert Swap
    Project Title: Computer Technology Empowering Rural Development

    In collaboration with the group Students Helping Honduras and the Universidad Tecnológical de Honduras, this JPC group wishes to set up self-sufficient internet kiosks in three small villages in Honduras. They hope that the kiosks will allow community members to access healthcare information, markets for selling goods, and increased communication opportunities.

  • JPC Group: Courtney Mallow, Hana Abbas, Elizabeth Broderick, Robin Kendall, Tyler Matuella
    Faculty Advisor: Brad Brown
    JPC Graduate Student Mentor: Emma Mitchell
    Project Title: Sustainable Social Enterprises in Bluefields, Nicaragua

    This JPC group will travel to the economically depressed region of Bluefields, Nicaragua to work with students of the Bluefields Indian and Caribbean University Business School to brainstorm economic enterprises to uplift the region. The group will invite the Bluefield’s business students to U.Va. to present their shared solution.

  • JPC Group: Veronica Gutierrez, Ethan Heil, Rachel Brown Glazner
    Faculty Advisor: James Smith
    JPC Graduate Student Mentor: Clare Terni
    Project Title: Implementing a Sustainable Water Filtration System Through Community Engagement

    This JPC group will travel to the South African village of Tshapasha and collaborate with students from the University of Venda to update water filtration systems that were originally set up by U.Va. engineering students. The group hopes to make improvements to the existing filtration designs and to create another improved filtration system.

  • JPC Group: Edric Barnes, Logan Whitehouse, Cameron Williams
    Faculty Advisor:
    John Quale
    JPC Graduate Student Mentor:
    Alison Singer
    Project Title:
    LEED and Earthcraft in Affordable Housing

    This JPC group is partnering with Habitat for Humanity to raise the environmental standards of affordable housing in collaboration with U.Va.’s ecoMOD program. The group’s goal is to have the homes, which are currently built according to the standards of an accreditation process called Earthcraft, meet the more thorough, LEED standards.

  • JPC Group: Jena McDaniel, Hilary Koch, Jennifer Peterson
    Faculty Advisor:
    Barbara Braddock
    JPC Graduate Student Mentor:
    Melina Franzel
    Project Title:
    The Use of a Sensory Resource Guide in Dementia Care

    Partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association of Central and Western Virginia, this JPC group will develop a new approach to improving recall in patients with progressive memory loss. By combining two previously developed treatment methods, the group will develop their own memory aid. The students will use this guide to provide treatment to individuals in the early stages of dementia.

  • JPC Group: Logan Whitehouse, Emily Bolecek, Ethan Heil, Veronica Yeh, Whitney Newton
    Faculty Advisor:
    Paxton Marshall
    Project Title:
    Assessing the Social, Environmental, and Economic Viability of a Low Impact Landscape

    This JPC group plans to implement inexpensive, sustainable landscaping models into the existing ecoMOD housing design. They will implement Low Impact Development practices and design a storm water management system that will prevent runoff storm water from polluting inland bodies of water.

  • JPC Group: Rachel Baker, Brian Hill, Kevin Kinsey, Farhad Omar, Whitney Newton
    Faculty Advisor:
    Paxton Marshall, Phoebe Crisman
    Project Title:
    Capturing and Monitoring the Performance of Wind Power, Solar Power, and Wetland Filtration on the Learning Barge

    This JPC group is part of a larger group of U.Va. students working to create and maintain the Learning Barge, a functional, mobile field station in the Chesapeake Bay. The Learning Barge will provide educational tours to the community that explain the future of solar power, wind power, and other sustainable technologies.

  • JPC Group: Matthew Cleveland, Kate Howling, Kevin Eady, Farhad Omar, Rebekah Berlin
    Faculty Advisor:
    Paxton Marshall
    Project Title:
    ecoMOD4 Monitoring and Performance Analysis

    In order to help low-income homeowners reduce their electrical bills, this JPC group will expand on U.Va.’s ecoMOD housing project by designing a web application to simplify energy monitoring technology. In collaboration with Habitat for Humanity, the group will install an updated system of wireless sensors to measure energy usage within the house.

  • JPC Group: Sara Harper, Assa Abboud, Tyler Jenkins, Daniel Mowery, Sam Pepper
    Faculty Advisor:
    Anselmo Canfora
    Project Title:
    Transitional Disaster Relief Shelter Prototype Design/Build

    Inspired by student design efforts in response to Hurricane Katrina, this JPC group will create a ready-made prototype shelter to tackle the immediate needs of victims, like water and energy. The group hopes to partner with the Building Goodness Foundation to produce a shelter design in time to aid future disaster situations.

  • JPC Group: Lauren Boswell, Rebecca Dolan, Britteny Madine, Lowery Pemberton, Jasmine Wade
    Faculty Advisor:
    Joanna Lee
    JPC Graduate Student Mentor:
    Jennifer Leyton
    Project Title:
    Young Women Leaders Program 9th Grade: Sister to Sister Program

    Motivated by their previous work with at-risk youth in the Young Women Leaders’ Program, this group of JPC scholars wants to extend the mentorship program to 9th grade girls. The group will be developing and piloting a 9th grade version of the mentoring program at Charlottesville High School for the purpose of easing the transition from middle school to high school and decreasing the dropout rate.

  • JPC Group: Kevin Pujanauski, Thomas Maximillian Gruenther, Anna Kushner, Megan Gutierrez, Zach Manis
    Faculty Advisor:
    Eleanor Wilson
    Project Title:
    Cavs/Panthers Mentorship Program

    This JPC group will expand on a new mentorship program for students at Red Hill Elementary School that is aimed at both improving student’s academic skills and brightening their perception of future opportunities. This group hopes to infuse academic coaching with entertaining field trips.

  • JPC Group: Fredericka Wicker, Lee Stephenson, Cristina Liebolt, Danielle Donovan
    Faculty Advisor:
    James Savage
    Project Title:
    GED Class for the Homeless

    This JPC group will design a class to prepare members of the HOPE Community Center to pass the GED. They will then measure testing results throughout the semester, interview local GED instructors and business owners, and use this information to explore the employment trends among the GED class’ participants.

  • JPC Group: Mike Zoghby, MIke Perry, Lauren Nelson, Valeria Teran, Leah Stockstrom
    Faculty Advisor:
    John Quale
    JPC Graduate Student Mentor:
    Alex Garrison
    Project Title:
    ecoMod Project in Southwest Virginia

    This JPC group’s objective is to work with People Incorporated of Southwest Virginia to bring the green designs of the ecoMOD project to that region. Once an appropriate design is created, this group will work with modular builders to ensure the quality, affordability, and sustainability its construction.

  • JPC Group: Jessica Clarke, Caroline Schmidt, Lauren Poppalardo, Kendall Williams, Stephanie Newton, Jessica Page
    Faculty Advisor:
    Edith Lawrence
    JPC Graduate Student Mentor:
    Claire Vierbuchen
    Project Title:
    Young Women Leaders’ Program (YWLP) Her Story Project

    This JPC group will update the second year of the Young Women Leaders’ Program, an interactive, technology oriented project called Her Story, to better meet student needs. This program, which uses digital storytelling and animation, is aimed at increasing 8th grade girls’ senses of civic identify and technological competence.

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