2010

Lila Kerr '11 and Lauren Theis '12 develop the Sally Centrifuge, a manually pumped centrifuge made from a salad spinner, while participating in Rice's Beyond Traditional Borders (BTB) program. The Sally Centrifuge is an inexpensive, portable means of diagnosing anemia in regions of the world where there is no power source. BTB -- Rice's global health initiative to bring new ideas and technologies to underdeveloped countries -- takes the invention  abroad for testing. Kerr carries a spinner to Ecuador; Theis takes one to Swaziland; and a 3rd BTB team tests the Sally Centrifuge in Malawi.

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