Teams mentored by Murcott win IDEAS awards
Two DLab teams mentored by Senior Lecturer Susan Murcott won top prizes at the IDEAS Competition May 4. Global Citizen Water Initiative was honored for its innovations related to Murcott’s research supported by Google.org and the Tides Foundation. The student team, which includes Jenny VanCalcar M.Eng. ’07, created a global water quality map and developed very-low-cost E. coli/TC water quality test kits that use body heat for incubation. Murcott and team will take that project further this summer in Ghana and the Himalayas. The other winning team, HeatSource, developed a paraffin-based, solar-heated tile that can be enclosed in local textiles and worn against the skin to provide warmth. The tile can be used as a substitute for dung or wood fires used for space heating in Himalayan homes. Dung and wood for those fires are gathered by women and girls, who often cannot go to school because they are gathering fuel.