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SDSU Student Research Symposium

Date: Friday, March 1, 2024 | Location: San Diego State University

San Diego State University Student Research Symposium 2024

Metabolism of Cities Living Lab Presenter Researchers

1) Name: Lily Eckoff (Undergraduate student, Environmental Science with Focus on Environmental Law and Policy, SDSU)

Supervisors: Dr. Gabriela Fernandez and Dr. Domenico Vito (Metabolism of Cities Living Lab, HDMA, SDSU)Title: “Youth 4 SDGs: Better Health, Brighter Future! Public Perception, Attitudes, and Behaviors Towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in Youth of San Diego, California and Paris, France” Date: on Friday, March 1, 2024 Location: Your poster session is: H-21:00 PM Behavioral and Social Sciences 2 at 1:00 PM in the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union Montezuma Hall. Abstract number is 475 and poster location is 8. Refer to this Montezuma Hall Layout


The Youth 4 SDGs, Better Health, Brighter Future survey is a comparative analysis through the Metabolism of Cities Living Lab at San Diego State University. This study will use the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) developed by the United Nations as indicators to compare public perception, attitudes, and behaviors in the youth pursuing higher education in North America (San Diego, California) and Europe (Paris, France), especially those regarding the One Health Urban Policy Agenda. In order to evaluate students’ command over these topics, a non obligatory online questionnaire was designed and distributed to students in English and French across two university campuses: San Diego State University (SDSU) and l’Institut d’études politiques de Paris (SciencesPo). We are developing research that effectively demonstrates the education, awareness, and behavior change required to succeed in a world affected by continued global issues such as inequality, over consumption of finite resources, and widespread pollution (Fernandez & Maione, 2019). The study’s subjects focus on students within higher education bi-nationally as it is ultimately the next generation who will be implementing policies, voting with their money and ballot, and experiencing the consequences of the extent of success of the SDGs worldwide. It is crucial to be able to compare the effectiveness of this knowledge internationally as the SDGs are implemented worldwide with the central promise of leaving no one behind. The findings of this study can inform holistic-health strategies to mobilize and empower youth as active contributors to the global effort to achieve the SDGs.

2) Name: Fernanda Carrillo Escarcega (Graduate student, Master of Science in Big Data Analytics, SDSU)Supervisors: Dr. Gabriela Fernandez and Dr. Domenico Vito (Metabolism of Cities Living Lab, HDMA, SDSU)
Title:  “Empowering Women’s Well being: A Comprehensive Approach to Social Health Disparities’ “

Date: on Friday, March 1, 2024. 

Location: Poster session is: I-73:00 PM Health Nutrition and Clinical Sciences at 3:00 PM in the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union Montezuma Hall. 

Abstract This project explores deeply into the complex relation between social health status and the well-being of vulnerable women, applying a comprehensive methodology that smoothly integrates Geographic Information Systems (GIS), surveys, and ethical frameworks derived from Pope Francis’ encyclicals. Utilizing data from the Global Digital Impact, an advocate for sustainable and socially responsible practices, this project’s goal is to deliver vital information to women facing harsh vulnerabilities in Latin American countries (Mexico, Colombia, and Venezuela) and the United States. By harnessing the potential of GIS mapping, our approach goes beyond visualization, it involves precise analysis of spatial patterns of social health disparities, focusing specifically on the demographic of vulnerable women. Our distinct strategy not only allows us to explore existing disparities but also aids to bring a targeted and responsive intervention in areas where these inequalities are happening the most. As we navigate these challenges, this project greatly contributes to the broader discussion of addressing and fixing social health inequalities, hoping to create a positive impact that resonates within the realms of both research and real-world application.

3) Name: Surbhi Sawant (Graduate student, Master of Science in Big Data Analytics, SDSU)Supervisors: Dr. Gabriela Fernandez and Dr. Domenico Vito (Metabolism of Cities Living Lab, HDMA, SDSU)

Title: NutriBot – A Personalized Chatbot for Addressing Child Malnutrition

Location: Abstract number is 599 and poster location is 57


NutriBot is a groundbreaking chatbot designed to combat child malnutrition in diverse communities in Latin America. By allowing caregivers and NGOs to input a child’s age, weight, height, and location, the platform delivers personalized nutritional guidance. Utilizing machine learning algorithms, NutriBot refines its recommendations based on user feedback, ensuring continuous improvement.

The chatbot goes beyond just suggestions, integrating educational content and accommodating cultural nuances, dietary preferences, and restrictions. Collaborations with local experts contribute to the accuracy and relevance of information. To enhance usability and accessibility, NutriBot features an intuitive interface, making it easy for users to interact with the platform. Moreover, the chatbot offers offline access, addressing potential connectivity challenges in certain communities. This ensures that caregivers can access crucial information even in resource-constrained environments.

NutriBot aims to empower caregivers with the knowledge and tools needed to make informed decisions, fostering a more effective and sustainable approach to addressing child malnutrition.