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April 6, 2021 | Duke University Bass Connections

Two Graduate Students Honored for Their Outstanding Mentorship

Jin Zhou (Ph.D. Student) and Bridget Eklud (J.D. Student) are the winners of the 2021 Bass Connections Award for Outstanding Mentorship. Zhou's research focuses on the intersection of machine learning and health data science, and he has been working with several undergradue [...]

Student designed an automated door for her Bass Connection team's project.

January 21, 2021 | Pratt School of Engineering

From Chopsticks and Cardboard to Functioning Prototype

Resourceful undergraduates dove into a Bass Connections project aiming to improve GI heath, designing an automated test strip dispenser for their team.

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October 13, 2020

Bass Connections Students Return to Advance Smart Toilet Research, Remotely

The gut is like a reclusive celebrity: everyone is talking about her (the microbiome!), but we rarely catch a glimpse. Enter the Smart Toilet: a technology designed to capture data regarding individual health through precision analysis of wastewater coming out of toilet, [...]

Individual on Toilet

July 30, 2020

Crowdsourcing our Way through Summer

#Poop4Science has launched! Or, if we’re being official, “Crowdsourcing of Stool Images for Algorithm Development” -  a research study led by Sonia Grego, PhD, Director of the Duke Smart Toilet Lab and Deborah Fisher, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine in Gastroenterology [...]

Person standing in front of toilet with toilet paper in hand

May 18, 2020 | BBC CrowdScience

Does My Toilet Make Sense?

Despite being a universal need, talking about our toilet use and the infrastructure that aids us remains somewhat taboo. Whilst sectors like telecommunications and computing have undergone rapid transformations over the past century, the flush toilet and wastewater system [...]

Bass Connections Students

February 3, 2020

Smart Toilet Saves Vital Health Data from Getting Flushed

Some of the most important information about our health comes from an unexpected and decidedly icky source. Our daily excreta (yes, the feces and urine we flush away every day) can actually tell us a lot about our health and help us monitor our bodies for disease. However, [...]

September 20, 2019

What do Bojangles, Thixotropicity, and Miso Paste have in Common?

Fueled by Bojangles and coffee, the early-rising Bass Connections team started the day by discussing the Bristol Stool Chart, thixotropicity (a time dependent shear-thinning property - think ketchup), and the benefits of working with miso paste as a surrogate for human [...]

September 10, 2019

Bass Students Explore Innovation and the Market

“If you build it, they will come” is a great line for a movie but a terrible business approach. Impactful innovation needs to deliver what the market really needs. Eric Levitan and Doug Calahan are C-suite executives, Duke Alumni, long-time advisors and collaborators on the [...]

Bass Connections Students at the Center for WaSH-AID

September 6, 2019

Welcoming Bass Connections Students

Bass Connections students Jacob, Jackson, Tess, Claire, Megan, and Kaivalya were here bright and early on Friday, August 30, for their first team meeting as part of their 2019-2020 Bass Connections project - "The Smart Toilet: A disruptive technology to improve health and wellness." The team will spend the year researching the Duke "Smart Toilet" - a device enabling the hands-free collection and packaging of human excreta to test and monitor wellness and disease. Welcome!

student in lab

August 5, 2019

Learning About Health Through Waste

Our daily excreta – feces and urine – can tell us a lot about our health, but, so far, testing has been under-developed for precision health monitoring. Part of the problem is the collection process. A newly funded Bass Connections project team is looking to change that. Geoff Ginsburg, director of the Duke Center for Applied Genomics and Precision Medicine and the MEDx Initiative, has partnered with the Duke University Center for Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Infectious Disease (WaSH-AID) for the Smart Toilet: A disruptive technology to improve health and wellness Bass Connections project.