Pedagogies of Recovery

Team Members Leo Harrington How can music teachers best help students recover from performance injuries? This project explores creative approaches to this question through study with experts in Alexander Technique and in the field of musician’s focal dystonia rehabilitation: Jon Gorrie, Lori Schiff, John Henes, and Josephine Gray. Harrington will create a website to document his own process towards recovery from an embouchure breakdown, synthesize his findings with pre-existing work in the field, and develop a hub of resources for brass players and other musicians faced with similar problems. FIG Fund Recipient, Fall...
Healing Companions

Healing Companions

 Team Members Jane Miller As an innovative non-profit organization, Healing Companions, Inc. plans to serve the community in a myriad of ways.  Our primary goal is to help eradicate the stigma of mental illness by helping mentally disabled individuals to re-enter the world, living independent and functional lives. These individuals will be paired with psychiatric service dogs (PSDs), who are shelter dogs rescued from potential euthanasia. Trained to mitigate the symptoms of their handler’s respective symptoms due to mental illnesses, these shelter dogs can demonstrate how they can be useful and beneficial to a needy population, rather than fall victim to a “throw away system.” Similarly, inmates in a local prison are taught by Healing Companions, Inc. staff how to train these potential psychiatric service dogs to learn their basic skills, thereby developing career potential as dog or animal trainers for their re-entry into the general public. Ultimately, our organization will restore the integrity of three groups – shelter dogs, prison inmates, and those affected by mental illness – and build on their strengths, rather than diminish their capabilities. LaunchU 2016...
Preventing and Responding to Sexual Misconduct

Preventing and Responding to Sexual Misconduct

Team Members Jolie De Feis Maya Wergeles Kaitlin Custer Preventing and Responding to Sexual Misconduct, or PRSM (pronounced “prism”) is a peer leadership program that provides meaningful prevention education on sexual misconduct and gender-based discrimination and harassment to Oberlin College students. A leadership team develops workshops and provides training to peer trainers as an expression of Oberlin students’ commitment to an inclusive campus free of gender-based discrimination and harassment, including sexual violence, intimate partner violence, and stalking. Launched in Fall 2014, PRSM provides students a broad overview of campus conduct expectations and practical strategies to prevent misconduct and empower bystanders. The Title IX Team provides administrative support, education and resources, compliance guidance, and advising to this student initiative. Ignition Fund Recipient, Spring...
Protein Venture

Protein Venture

Team Members Brian Hemmert We are a startup developing a brand of protein powder made from insects. We will be spending the summer making a prototype as an important early step for our venture. Our protein powder will have a significantly smaller impact on the environment compared to traditional milk-based protein powders and will offer extra nutrients that most protein powders lack. After we perfect our recipe, we will start taking steps to sell to the general public. We are very excited to begin working on our product and to experiment with recipes and flavors. First up, Dark Chocolate! Ignition Fund Recipient, Spring...
Dissectables

Dissectables

Team Members Mark Herron Co-Founder Glen Gerbush Co-Founder John Fredieu Co-Founder Dissectables aims to enhance medical school education by providing inexpensive, customizable, and dissectable organ models, which, unlike cadavers can be kept by students throughout their medical school careers.  In addition to supplementing cadaveric dissection, these models could be used at schools faced with the growing cadaver or biological specimen shortages. LaunchU 2015 Venture...