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Health, Law, and Justice JBS honored with a NAASS Creative and Innovative Award

The Brandeis Summer School is pleased to announce that one of our most popular JBS programs, Health, Law, and Justice was honored with a "Creative and Innovative Award" at the 2018 NAASS convention in Portland, OR. NAASS (the North American Association of Summer Sessions) is an association of deans, directors, and administrators of college and university summer programs located throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

Each year NAASS recognizes member schools that offer creative and ground-breaking programs. Awards are presented in four categories: 1) Marketing; 2) Credit Programs; 3) Non-Credit Programs; and 4) Administrative.  All categories are then judged in two groups based on institution size (enrollment of less than 10,000 students and institutions with more than 10,000 students).  The Health, Law, and Justice JBS Program received its Creative and Innovative Award in the category of "Credit: Small Institutions."  Programs are judged on their creativity, uniqueness, and benefit to students.

In the submission for the program, former students wrote about their experience in the Health, Law, and Justice JBS:

  • "I did the Health, Law & Justice JBS the summer after my sophomore year, and it was truly a transformative experience. Getting to visit different health-related organizations, learn more about health systems, and geek out over various aspects of bioethics and healthcare policy really showed me that the health field is where I belong. I learned about all kinds of roles in the industry that I hadn't known existed, and had conversations about current issues that really inspired my decision to pursue public health. Thanks to the unique experience I had with Professor Noble and Professor Curi, and to the experiences that the program inspired me to pursue, I was accepted into a number of well-regarded graduate programs. I am currently working towards a Masters of Public Health, and am considering pursuing a DrPH or similar degree in the future. I will forever consider myself lucky to have had the H, L & J experience." - Rebecca M.

  • "My experience as a participant in the HealthLaw & Justice JBS definitely helped shape my path. JBS summer site visits, such as our visit to Rosie's Place, opened my eyes to the power of advocacy and coalition. I now aspire to work in the legal public sector to ensure that all aspects of our population have access to resources regardless of socioeconomic class or position. Part of the JBS curriculum focuses on analyzing our health care system along with the shift toward more patient-centered care models and care networks. These two experiences brought together my interests in coalition and teamwork in both the public interest and medical realm, which bridged these two fields in a way that I did not know was possible. I now understand the work I can do in all aspects of our world from a legal standpoint, from advocating for women's shelters to advocating for a shift in our health care system, thanks to my time spent in JBS." - Sarah G.

  • "I'm working in the Research Services Department of an AmLaw 100 firm following stints as a JBS student and as the program assistant. As a student, I not only gained insight into health justice, but I also cultivated strategies to successfully navigate the professional world and recognized the joy of marrying academic knowledge with hands on experience. I look forward to calling upon this knowledge in a JD-MPH dual degree program in hopes of addressing health disparities via public interest law." - Henry M.
  • "HL&J immersed me in the American healthcare system. My father is a physician, and growing up in his office and around patients, I thought I knew a decent amount about our healthcare system before I started the program. But I was shocked to learn how complex our healthcare system really is...

    Professor Noble literally wrote the book on the Affordable Care Act (Health Care Reform: Law and Practice), and it would have been easy for her to gloss over the fundamentals to get to unnecessary minutiae. But she didn't do that. She was patient and constructive in her feedback, and effortlessly balanced a discussion of broad principles and small details; no small feat for a sector that comprises a fifth of the country’s economy. Whether or not HL&J students end up in the healthcare field (as healthcare providers, policymakers, or stakeholders), they will be better off knowing that the American healthcare system is complex. They will be less susceptible to pithy aphorisms, one-size-fits-all solutions, or reductionist philosophies pitched by politicians...

    HL&J also engaged me with the most substantive ethical questions that I or many of my fellow classmates have encountered. Professor Curi’s medical ethics class sticks out in my mind as one of the best classes I have ever taken... To this day, I will analyze issues with the ethical framework I developed in Professor Curi’s class. I am happy to call both Professor Noble and Professor Curi mentors, and I hope that they continue to teach HL&J so that more students will have the opportunity to learn more about the American healthcare system and themselves.

    ... Both the classes and the professors are what I think make Brandeis a first-rate educational institution. All interactive and intensive college programs should strive to meet the example that HL&J has set." – Anuraj S.

Congratulations to Professors Alice Noble and Sarah Curi for creating such a creative and impactful program.

This is the third consecutive NAASS Creative and Innovative Award won by Brandeis University in just three years.

2018 Voice, Web, and Mobile Apps

In August 2018, teams of students presented the apps that they developed over the course of their summer JBS. These apps included:

  • CollegeInfo — allows you to ask complex questions about the Brandeis course schedule, such as which Computer Science courses are offered this semester on Mondays at 3:00, and you can also use it to build and view your schedule.
  • HumanGainz — allows your phone to serve as your personal trainer at the gym. Reminding you of which exercises are next in the workout you selected.
  • SON - this is a next generation calendar app which incorporates social media so you can ask which of your friends are free at a particular day/time as well as handle all of the usual calendar operations.
  • SeniorCenter — matches seniors based on their interests in books, movies, and TV series. This is designed to fight the isolation and depression common in seniors while allowing them to use their voice rather than click buttons on their computer or phone.
  • SpeechFlow Presentation App — control your computer during a presentation entirely with your voice (visit link A, pick a random student to answer this question, to to slide 10, etc.)
  • DeisTransportApp — allows you to make reservation on the BranVan and query arrival times and bus locations all by voice.

To view the student presentations of their apps visit: https://echo360.org/media/8246b3a3-1224-484e-b7b7-26f1730bdf05/public

The presentations are at these times:

0' 0'' Introducton by Tim Hickey and Marie Meteer
1' 30'' Bozhanka Vitanova's presentation on Innovation at Brandeis
5' 30'' College Info 
18' 25'' HumanGainz 
28' 55'' SON 
39' 20'' Senior Center
48' 00'' SpeechFlow
58' 00'' Deis Transport App
69' 40'' END

2018 Health, Law, and Justice

Students in the Health, Law, and Justice JBS visited many non-profits visit area businesses and non-profit groups like the Codman Square Health Center, Rosie’s Place, Health Care for All, and CRICO Strategies.  Students also visited governmental agencies like the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission and attended legislative committee hearings at the Massachusetts State House. Their classes were also visited by prominent guest speakers on topics like the Ten Titles of the Affordable Care Act, the Opioid Crisis, and Health Care Payment Reform.

Bioinspired Design JBS honored with a second NAASS Creative and Innovative Award

The Brandeis Summer School is pleased to announce that our Bioinspired Design JBS program was honored with a "Creative and Innovative Award" at the 2017 NAASS convention in Pittsburgh, PA. NAASS (the North American Association of Summer Sessions) is an association of deans, directors, and administrators of college and university summer programs located throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

Each year NAASS recognizes member schools that offer creative and ground-breaking programs. Awards are presented in four categories: 1) Marketing; 2) Credit Programs; 3) Non-Credit Programs; and 4) Administrative.  All categories are then judged in two groups based on institution size (enrollment of less than 10,000 students and institutions with more than 10,000 students).  The Bioinspired Design JBS Program received its Creative and Innovative Award in the category of "Credit: Small Institutions."  Programs are judged on their creativity, uniqueness, and benefit to students.

This is the second NAASS Creative and Innovative Award won by the Brandeis Summer School in two years.

2017 Voice, Web, and Mobile Apps

One team of students in the Voice, Web, and Mobile Apps JBS utilized the BetterDoctor API in the development of their smartphone app.  BetterDoctor was so impressed with their work, the students were profiled on their website: http://betterdoctor.com/blog/docfinder/

You can try out the team's app called DocFinder at: http://gracehopper.cs-i.brandeis.edu:3000/

2017 Health, Law, and Justice

Students in the Health, Law, and Justice JBS visited many non-profits visit area businesses and non-profit groups like the Codman Square Health Center, Rosie’s Place, Health Care for All, and CRICO Strategies.  Students also visited governmental agencies like the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission and attended legislative committee hearings at the Massachusetts State House. Their classes were also visited by prominent guest speakers on topics like the Ten Titles of the Affordable Care Act, the Opioid Crisis, and Health Care Payment Reform.

JBS Program honored with a NAASS Creative and Innovative Award

The Brandeis Summer School is pleased to announce that our Justice Brandeis Semester program was honored with a "Creative and Innovative Award" at the 2016 NAASS convention in Kansas City, MO. NAASS (the North American Association of Summer Sessions) is an association of deans, directors, and administrators of college and university summer programs located throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

Each year NAASS recognizes member schools that offer creative and ground-breaking programs. Through these awards, NAASS seeks to highlight the importance of innovation in curriculum development and give credit to summer session programs that make outstanding contributions to the management, operation, and marketing of summer session.

2016 Voice, Web, and Mobile Apps

One team of students in the Voice, Web, and Mobile Apps JBS developed an app that can help out in the kitchen. See their story on BrandeisNow: Students cook up a mobile app to help you connect to your inner chef.

The Voice, Web, and Mobile Apps JBS visited Amazon’s “Alexa” speech lab in Cambridge, where students engaged in a little friendly competition to develop applications for the Amazon Echo speech device.  The winning team was given their very own "Alexa's" to take home!

The Voice, Web, and Mobile Apps JBS was featured on BrandeisNow: Brandeis students tap their programming prowess to build apps in two months.

2015 Bio-Inspired Design

One of the innovative designs from the 2015 Bio-Inspired Design JBS was recently featured on Brandeis NOW.  Take a look and see how the "Redoora" just may be coming to doorways around the world!

Redoora - Bio-Inspired Doorstop

Some of the nature-inspired creations of our summer JBS students was recently featured in James Morris' Science Whys blog. This great article shows how students took features from various animals and eexplains each group's thought process when designing and building their prototype inventions. 

The 2015 Bio-Inspired Design JBS students continued working on their design projects from the Summer as part of a Fall experiential learning practicum.  In addition to improving their bio-inspired designs,one of the students, Margot Field, created a website showcasing her group's work.

2015 Storytelling as Social Practice

Summer 2015 saw the inaugural year of the Storytelling as Social Practice JBS.  As part of this JBS, Brandeis saw the creation of the Brandeis Storytelling Brigade.  Summer may be over, but the stories continue!  Learn more about the Brigade in this article from the Justice Student Newspaper. 

2015 Food, Lifestyle and Health

Milton Public Schools' Superintendent E-Blast features an article, written as part of Yennie Mok's work in the 2015 Food, Lifestyle, and Health Justice Brandeis Semester. It was published this week! Nice work Yennie! http://blog.miltonps.org/?p=1893#FOOD_SERVICE

2015 Voice, Web and Mobile Apps

Here is a great article from the Justice about one of the amazing mobile apps that came out of this summer's Voice, Web and Mobile Apps JBS programs!  Their app, called “Discover Deis,” is a navigation app that will help students and visitors to navigate the Brandeis campus.  Unlike other navigation apps, Discover Deis will include mapping within buildings and across shortcuts on campus.  No more walking outside in the rain only to find the building you were in connects with the building you need!