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Catalyst Day Presentation Schedule for Fall 2023 | Wednesday, November 29th
10 a.m."The Med-Mobile: Providing Preventative Testing and Resources for Uninsured Young Adults In Wisconsin"
Our solution provides resources about local free clinics and resources for applying to BadgerCare+ as well as providing blood testing to screen for cardiovascular diseases for uninsured young adults living in Wisconsin.
Great Hall
Group 10 | Sabrina Baumgart, Aidan Berndt, Olivia Filber, Brianna Foth & Trista Gunnink
"The Wheels on the Van Go Round and Round: Addressing the Childcare Accessibility Crisis in Richland County through a Specialized Transportation System"
A specialized transportation system specifically for children receiving all-day childcare services in neighboring Sauk County. This service aims to alleviate parental and economic burden from the lack of childcare availability within driving distance in Richland County.
Todd Wehr 104Group 5 | Becca Bogucke, Kiki Sherman, Elise Ove, Christopher Ambrose & Rain Villanueva
"Changing Childcare: Fixing the Growing Crisis of Childcare in Rural Wisconsin"
Inadequate childcare affects the majority of parents and poses a potential threat to the US economy. Our program, Childcare Assistance in Rural Wisconsin (CARW), will allow families with low income to have access to a range of affordable and professionally trained childcare options while meeting employment and family needs.
Bear Auditorium, Farr 130Group 16 | Madeline Adler, Emma Jansky, Christian Kuwaye, Alyssa Murry & Than Thar Su
10:30 a.m."Don’t Cry Wolf: Using Ultrasonic Transmitters to Allow Livestock and Wolves to Coexist"
Our group looked at ultrasonic sound transmitters, a nonlethal deterrent, to use on farms to steer wolves away from livestock.
Great Hall
Group 2 | Isabella Bohm, Brice Coffey, Logan Cooper, Alison DeNamur & Gabriel Drake
"The Rusty Patch Bumble Bee is on the Buzz Out: How Native Planting and Education Can Help"
Pollinators are declining globally, especially in North America (Kopec et al. 2017). The most comprehensive global report on the status of them found that more than 40 percent of pollinators, primarily bee species, are facing extinction. Twenty-four percent of native bumble bees are imperiled, and 52 percent show population decline (Kopec et al. 2017). Bumble bees have profoundly shaped the world because they are a keystone species to most terrestrial ecosystems (Kopec et al. 2017). Therefore, the disappearance of bumble bees would result in ecological imbalance, threats to flowering species, and, ultimately, a food crisis. Within our project we are focusing on the local endangered Rusty Patch bumble bee in Green Lake County Wisconsin as we are trying to promote more native prairie planting through education within the area.
Todd Wehr 104Group 8 | Madison Bills, Paige Hauck, Natalie McNeely, Emma Ziebell & Gabriel Zielinski
"AI as the New Classmate: Redefining Classroom Dynamics by Implementing Generative AI Literacy in the Catalyst Curriculum"
Our project will aim to fix the lack of curriculum surrounding generative AI in higher education at smaller liberal arts colleges, like Ripon College. We are proposing a change to the Catalyst 220 course group project by making the use of generative AI a requirement as if AI were an extra group member. New learning outcomes and project requirements would be added to introduce students to the ethics of AI, as well as give them experience working with generative AI programs and using them to enhance their work.
Bear Auditorium, Farr 130Group 4 | Mia Bekish, Allison Martin, Dominic Piasecki, Chase Polyak & Mason Schoenke
11 a.m."Making Ripon College Students Artificially Intelligent: Integrating AI into the Catalyst Curriculum"
This project creates a series of activities to be implemented into the Catalyst Curriculum that will present students with the opportunity to learn about AI through active learning.
Great Hall
Group 20 | Braeden Krueger, Dakota Wautier, Anabella Kasuboski, Maricarmen Dorantes & Alexis Joiner
" 'Somebody’s Poisoned the Waterhole!' Mine Drainage and the Effects of Waste on Trout near Silverton, Colorado"
Populations of trout in Colorado are affected by the abundance of acid mine drainage, containing heavy metals, originating from both active and abandoned mines in the Silverton and Durango areas. With the Gold King Mine Spill putting 3 million gallons of waste into the Animas River and Cement Creek in 2015, the problem of acid mine drainage has become public. With restorative measures not being sufficient, the implementation of techniques that address both heavy metal concentration and the acidic pH will help promote the repopulation of trout and their reproductive abilities in the polluted waters of Colorado.
Todd Wehr 104Group 19 | Nathan Crenshaw, Alexzandra Hassemer, Hanna Kashchei, Greta Mahler & Jacob Nelson
"A Fowl Foe: Stamping Out Sandhill Crane Crop Damage in Wisconsin"
Sandhill cranes are causing crop damage to Wisconsin farms, which creates a significant financial burden for farmers. Our project aims to utilize a wildlife stamp and a regulated hunting season to mitigate the negative effects caused by Sandhill cranes.
Bear Auditorium, Farr 130Group 15 | Gwendolyn Frei, Dana Huggett, Andrea Mihaljevich, Parker Reese-Grimm & Matthew Seeber
11:30 a.m."Arts for Anti-Racism: Introducing a Multicultural Arts Curriculum into the Oshkosh Area School District"
This project introduces a multicultural arts curriculum into the Oshkosh Area School District in order to develop culturally sensitive and well-rounded students.
Great Hall
Group 17 | Kalen Berger, Kaleb Burns, Emily Lein, Xavier Goetzinger & Jamar Thomas
"A Prescription for Change: Implementing Price Caps to Improve Medication Affordability For Chronically Ill Americans"
This project develops a plan to make cancer and diabetic medications more affordable by implementing Price Caps on prescriptions in the United States. Consumers will pay reduced prices as a result of pharma corporations being required to report how much it costs to make the medication and then restricting their profits to 20% over the manufacturing cost.
Todd Wehr 104Group 1 | Alivia Roeglin, Heather Charter & Raquel Potter
"The Higher the Quality, the Greater the Gain: Building Bridges Between Milwaukee Colleges and Child Care Facilities"
This project creates an outside internship program for general education and child life majors within Milwaukee County Colleges to create relationships with neighboring child care facilities.
Bear Auditorium, Farr 130Group 13 | Jenna Erickson, Faith Hill, Luke Meinholz, Grace Randall & Amanda Von Ruden
12 - 1:30 p.m.Lunch Break
1:30 p.m."A Place of Pawsitivity: Creating an Animal Shelter for Strays and Students"
Our group plans to create an animal shelter that will benefit both Ripon College and the Community.
Great HallGroup 9 | Nick Bellisle, Emma Dietzler, Megan Landvatter, Maddy Morales & Brett Teztlaff
"Who's at Fault?: Providing AI Education and Liability Insurance to Protect Radiologists"
This project focuses on the liability and ethical issues of implementing AI in Radiology. While AI technology does benefit the healthcare system, doctors licenses are put at risk from lack of education and insurance coverage. We will create an educational course to give doctors a better understanding of AI technology. Additionally, an insurance plan will be put into place to protect doctors from AI malfunctions.
Bear AuditoriumGroup 6 | Jacoby Cefalu, Haley Rens, Joshua Schindler, Morgan Sullivan & Sarah Thompson
2 p.m."Igniting Change: Using Robots and AI Technology to Aid Firefighters in Combating California Wildfires"
This project focuses on how firefighters in California can be further assisted by using an Artificial Intelligence program that predicts, detects, and recommends emergency response protocols for the increasingly intense and frequent wildfires. The AI system is integrated with specialty robots that can assist firefighters on the ground and in a forest setting in order to mitigate the dangers of the job with the help of directions by the AI program.
Great HallGroup 3 | Adrian Baquera Aguilar, Isabella Cuttill, Jacob Edwards, Anna Fahrney & Nicholas Richter
"Crossing into a Safer Tomorrow: Wildlife Overpasses to Prevent Collisions in Southern Wisconsin"
Deer collisions have posed a big problem in South Central Wisconsin. Deer collisions have cost Wisconsinites thousands of dollars in vehicle, property damages, and healthcare costs. We plan to mitigate this problem by creating new rules for deer hunting permits and introducing wildlife crossings into South Central Wisconsin.
Bear AuditoriumGroup 18 | Jazmin Antonio Reyes, Sophia Brinker, Remington Cox, Karrington Hoch & Vanessa Solano
2:30 p.m."Modifications to Wearable Collar Technology to Incentivize Rotational Grazing Systems on Small Scale Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) in Wisconsin"
An excess amount of cattle manure has detrimental effects on the air, water, and soil qualities of our planet, as well as human health. The implementation of an innovative GPS collar that monitors grazing times and locations of grazing on pastures will incentivize large producers to convert to rotational grazing systems.
Great HallGroup 11 | Isabella Gaustad, Kelly Kline, Kyle Koss, Wesley Schneider & Hannah Thomer
"ARTificial Intelligence: Creating a Collaborative AI Art Exhibit Featuring Visual Artists"
Visual artists are facing increased conflicts with AI art generators as a result of AI's global prevalence and collective utilization of artworks without consent or credibility to the original artists. Our solution--to provide an outlet where AI generators and artists can work cohesively--is based in the Milwaukee area with a focus on collegiate-level art students. Our goal is to create a shared, physical space for both the original human-made art and the software-developed art to be equally celebrated and acknowledged by the public.
Bear AuditoriumGroup 14 | Aubrey Malotky, Joleigh Petrik, Connor Ramage, Ruth Roltgen & McKenzie Wiesner
3 p.m."Nowhere to Go: Solving the Childcare Crisis in Wisconsin One New State-Run Facility at a Time"
This project aims at expanding access to affordable childcare by passing legislation to create, staff, and fund state-run childcare facilities in every county in Wisconsin.
Great HallGroup 7 | Josie Behnke, Eli DiCarlo, Jake Hargrave, Ben Rahlf & Lauren Van Lannen
"Clear the Deer: Implementing High Yield Deer Harvests"
There is an overabundance of deer in Wisconsin that is negatively impacting the residents in Wisconsin through diseases, car-related accidents, and overgrazing. We are looking at different ways to decrease the deer population to reduce these human-animal conflicts.
Bear AuditoriumGroup 12 | Jaden Francis, Victoria Haling, Sam Kobylski, Rachel Travis & Sam Trzebiatowski