Ma Earns GAPSA-Provost Fellowship

Nancy Ma, director of the HERB-Lab, was awarded a highly competitive GAPSA-Provost Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Innovation to support a project she is developing in conjunction with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) Sleep Lab.

Ma’s project is titled, “Indoor Environment and Sleep Health: In-Lab and In-Field Analysis of Environmental Factors on Sleep Quality and Quantity.” 

In her abstract, she writes, “General sleep hygiene recommendations suggest that individuals maintain a cool and fresh sleep environment, but these were primarily developed for healthy adults. Specifically, it is ill-defined how the environmental parameters potentially affect children sleep quality and how to utilize available demographic, environmental, physiological, and polysomnographic parameters to optimize current sleep environment design.”

Ma’s study will contribute research towards critical design strategies for residential bedrooms and wards in children’s hospitals. 

The fellowship program is jointly funded by GAPSA and the Office of the Provost to foster interdisciplinary work among graduate and professional students at the University of Pennsylvania. The fellowship serves to help the project-leader develop, pursue, and complete their proposed interdisciplinary initiatives.


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