JBS Success Stories

2019

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July 17, 2019

The U.S. health care system is a major focus of national and state politics, and many of the issues involved have become flashpoints on the right and the left. But there’s more complexity and nuance than can be addressed in tweets and soundbites — and that’s where the JBS summer program Health, Law and Justice, comes in.

2018

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Health, Law and Justice program wins NAASS Creative and Innovative Award

October 30, 2018

The JBS program Health, Law and Justice, taught by Sarah Curi and Alice Noble, was honored with a Creative and Innovative Award at the 2018 North American Association of Summer Sessions convention in Portland, Oregon. This is the third consecutive year that Brandeis has won an NAASS Creative and Innovative Award. Programs are judged on their creativity, uniqueness and benefit to students.

As part of the submission process, former students wrote testimonials about their experience in the program. A few examples:

  • "I took Health, Law and Justice in 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." — Rebecca M.
  • "My experience as a participant in HealthLaw and Justice definitely helped shape my career path. Site visits such as our trip 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." — Sarah G.
  • "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." — Anuraj S.
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Students present work they developed in App Development and Marketing program

August 3, 2018

Teams of students in App Development and Marketing, taught by Tim Hickey and Grace Zimmerman, presented the apps they developed over the course of their summer JBS. These apps included:

  • CollegeInfo: Allows you to ask complex questions — such as "which computer science courses are offered on Monday at 3 o'clock?" — to build and view your course schedule.
  • HumanGainz: Enables a smartphone to serve as your personal trainer by reminding you which exercise is next in your workout schedule.
  • SON: A next-generation calendar app that incorporates social media to discern which of your friends are free at a particular day or time as well as handle all of the usual calendar operations.
  • SeniorCenter: Matches seniors based on their interests in books, movies and TV series. Designed to fight the isolation and depression common in seniors by allowing them to use their voice rather than click buttons on their computer or smartphone.
  • SpeechFlow Presentation App: Enables you to control your computer during a presentation entirely with your voice.
  • DeisTransportApp: Allows you to make reservations on the BranVan and query arrival times and bus locations, all by voice.

2017

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Bionspired Design program honored with NAASS award

November 14, 2017

The JBS program Bioinspired Design, taught by Maria Miara, was honored with a Creative and Innovative Award at the 2017 North American Association of Summer Sessions convention in Pittsburgh. Programs are judged on their creativity, uniqueness and benefit to students. This is the second consecutive year that Brandeis Summer School has received an NAASS Creative and Innovative Award.

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August 25, 2017

Three students in the Voice, Web and Mobile Apps program were interviewed by the website BetterDoctor about their work in developing the innovative smartphone app DocFinder. The app, which utilizes BetterDoctor API technology, allows smartphone users to find health providers near them using a simple voice command. BetterDoctor is the nation’s most accurate provider data management platform.

2016

banner for 2016 North American Association of Summer Sessions convention in Kansas City, Missouri
Bioinspired Design program takes home NAASS award

November 6, 2016

The Justice Brandeis Semester program was honored with a Creative and Innovative Award at the 2016 North American Association of Summer Sessions convention in Kansas City, Missouri. Each year, the NAASS recognizes member schools that offer creative and ground-breaking programs. Through these awards, the organization 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 their programs.

mobile phone on table displaying the chef's assistant app created by Brandeis students.

August 8, 2016

A team of students in the Voice, Web and Mobile Apps program — Gerriana Cohen ’18, Demi Zhang ’19 and Fatima Hussaini ’17 — was featured on BrandeisNow for their creation of Chef's Assistant, a mobile app that features 330,000 recipes with voice-activated, step-by-step instructions on how to produce them.

two students working at whiteboard full of stickies

June 30, 2016

BrandeisNow published a feature story about the JBS program Voice, Web and Mobile Applications that teaches undergraduates to construct fully operations mobile applications in just nine weeks. The class is taught by computer science professors Tim Hickey and Marie Meteer, with additional guidance by Director of Experiential Learning and Teaching Daniel Langenthal.

2015

adriana gleaton smiling while seated in classroom

November 3, 2015

The inaugural year of the Storytelling as Social Practice JBS has produced a lot of good ... well, stories. Read about student Adriana Gleaton's experience — and her enterprising work in creating this fall's faculty and staff storytelling event — in The Justice student newspaper.