CURO Symposium 2017 Book of Abstracts

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Abstracts producing accurate and valuable atmospheric data at a variety of locations.

Dr. Chris Joseph, Anthropology, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences

Needs Assessment to Assess the Use of a Mobile Food Pantry in the Child Care Setting Camaria MonĂŠ Welch, CURO Research Assistant Dr. Caree Jackson Cotwright, Foods and Nutrition, College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Sapelo Island is home to the only remaining intact Geechee community in Georgia. They are the direct descendants of slaves who bought and settled the land after the Civil War, and while they have managed to maintain much of their cultural heritage, the Hog Hammock community is threatened by loss of land, lack of employment, and an aging population. This research addresses the question: can art be used as a way to draw attention to their struggle to maintain a community on Sapelo? The Sapelo Island Coloring Book documents this unique island as it exists today, as seen through the eyes of the artist. While many artists have drawn and painted Sapelo's natural beauty, this book takes a more holistic perspective of what forms a place's identity, depicting places of cultural, historical, and environmental significance. Anyone who colors these pictures is encouraged to think about their narratives and to learn more about Sapelo and the Hog Hammock community. The artist used research methods including spending time exploring the island, observational drawing, renting a room and being immersed in Hog Hammock, chatting with locals, and reading. The coloring books have been well-received by both members of the Hog Hammock community and the public: as of February 2017, over 200 books had been sold. They are being sold in stores on and near Sapelo, in Athens, and online. All proceeds are being sent to the Sapelo Island Cultural and Revitalization Society, whose mission is to preserve and revitalize the Hog Hammock community.

Childhood obesity is a major public health concern. The objective of this study is to conduct a needs assessment to determine if a mobile food pantry and nutrition education intervention will increase fruit and vegetable (FV) consumption and self-efficacy to cook healthy meals. The target audience is early care and education (ECE) stakeholders, parents, and teachers serving lowincome children in Northeast Georgia. The needs assessment methodology will include quantitative baseline data collection via surveys related to cooking self-efficacy and attitudes, FV consumption, and an inventory of FV served in the home. Barriers and facilitators to the use of mobile food pantry will be collected using qualitative methods including, key informant interviews, focus groups, and Photovoice. Surveys will be administered to participants in an existing mobile school food pantry with the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia and local ECE stakeholders. Focus groups and interviews will be conducted with ECE center directors, Food Bank managers, ECE teachers, and parents. Photovoice, an approach that combines photography and social action, will be implemented by families to assess their nutrition knowledge, food environment, and overall perception of the use of a mobile food pantry. It is expected that the target audience will have low baseline self-efficacy for consuming and preparing FV. We also expect to gain salient data on planning an intervention to increase knowledge and self-efficacy using a mobile food pantry. This study is significant because it adds to the dearth of knowledge about how to increase access to and preparation of healthy foods for low-income families.

Utilization of Organic Synthesis to Investigate Molecular Organic Frameworks Aubrey Wheeler, CURO Research Assistant Dr. Douglas M Jackson, Chemistry, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences Metal Organic Frameworks, or MOFs, are hybrid 3-dimensional structures consisting of transition metal atoms linked via organic ligands. These compounds are porous and have applications in catalysis, molecular recognition, and separation. This work seeks to develop a metal-organic

The Sapelo Island Coloring Book Abigail Elizabeth West, Foundation Fellow