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The College of Health Solutions (CHS) at Arizona State University flexed its innovative muscles in its quest for better health and health equity on Sept. 15 when it hosted the Health, Technology and Equity Virtual Summit.
The first-ever professional development event was put together at the request of the college’s faculty and staff. It featured 48 presenters, including 19 College of Health Solutions faculty, demonstrating how emerging technology can have an impact on health outcomes. Man standing behind a lectern next to a screen with the words "Free-water Imaging: A revolutionary Technology in Health." Edward Ofori, College of Health Solutions' assistant professor and director of the Pathomechanics and Neuroimaging Laboratory, discusses his work during the college's first-ever virtual summit. Photo courtesy College of Health Solutions Download Full Image
“Despite an investment in health that is 25% of the U.S. national budget, the health of the American population is getting worse. Our average lifespan is declining, chronic disease is increasing, and maternal mortality is higher than all other industrialized nations,” College of Health Solutions Dean Deborah Helitzer said.
“At the College of Health Solutions, we are committed to translating discovery into practice and preparing tomorrow’s leaders to tackle these challenges. To fulfill our mission, we must adapt to new technology and maintain our innovation mindset. That’s why we hosted the CHS Health, Technology and Equity Virtual Summit, a first-ever professional development event designed at the request of CHS faculty and staff.”
Helitzer was impressed with the quality of the presentations.
“It was gratifying to see our faculty sharing their substantial expertise as well as deepening their knowledge in other areas through sessions with external presenters,” she said. “Successful gatherings like this summit bolster our dynamic collaboration across disciplines and fuel our drive to create better health outcomes for all.”

Featured topics included:

  • “How to Reduce Your Food’s Environmental Impact,” featuring Stephen Sturdivant of the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • “New Concepts in Hearing Health Care,” featuring Dr. Chalese Buttars, an educational and training specialist with Oticon. This session focused on noise reduction and management strategies.
  • “Sensor Tattoos,” presented by Roozebeh Jafari of Texas A&M University. This session featured a discussion of how electronic sensors on the skin could monitor conditions such as high blood pressure.
  • “The Evolution of On-Demand Medicine: Past, Present and Future,” featuring Dr. John Shufeldt, co-founder of Xcellerant Ventures.
  • “Tinnitus Education and Technology,” featuring Anna Javins, clinical education specialist with Widex. This session addressed the condition of tinnitus (often presented as a ringing in the ears) and how stress can be a contributing factor.
  • “Wearables and AI for Glucose Control,” presented by Hassan Ghasemzadeh, College of Health Solutions associate professor and director of the Embedded Machine Intelligence Lab.
  • “Stand and Move at Work: A Program to Reduce Sitting at Work,” featuring Matthew Buman, College of Health Solutions director and professor.
  • “Foldscope and Health Equity,” featuring Michael Donovan, CHS assistant teaching professor. A foldscope is an ultra-low-cost folded paper microscope for use in places and situations where traditional microscopes are not available.
  • “Making the Best of Existing Devices for Measuring Infant Sleep,” featuring College of Health Solutions Associate Professor Corrie Whisner.
  • “Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing,” (parts 1 and 2) featuring the college’s Katherine Hunt Brendish. The session addressed issues with direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies (such as Navigenics and 23andMe).

It’s not too late to view the sessions

All content from the summit is available online through March 15, 2024. More than 200 people registered for the summit, and those already registered may view the content using this link at any time. Anyone who has not previously registered for the summit but would like to can register here and log in to view the content.

Communications Specialist, College of Health Solutions

Vacationing on a cruise soon? You just might run into some Arizona State University alumni from the School of Music, Dance and Theatre. Yophi Adia Bost (’22 MM in music theater and opera performance) was scouted by Disney Cruise Line after she performed for agents and casting directors at 54 Below in New York City as part of an annual performance put on by the graduating class of music theater maj…
Vacationing on a cruise soon? You just might run into some Arizona State University alumni from the School of Music, Dance and Theatre.
Yophi Adia Bost (’22 MM in music theater and opera performance) was scouted by Disney Cruise Line after she performed for agents and casting directors at 54 Below in New York City as part of an annual performance put on by the graduating class of music theater majors.
Smiling woman standing in front of a Disney Cruise Line logo. Alumni Yophi Adia Bost was scouted by Disney Cruise Line after performing in the ASU Music Theatre and Opera showcase in New York. Courtesy photo Download Full Image
After seeing Bost perform, the cruise line reached out via Instagram. At first, she thought it was a scam, but upon learning Disney Cruise Line had seen her showcase, Bost pursued the opportunity and was able to sign without an audition.
“I didn’t realize that they DM people to offer them contracts,” she said.
Bost had been teaching voice for the popular music program at ASU when she signed the contract with Disney Cruise Line. Although teaching has always been her passion, she felt she was too young to be a full-time professor and wanted to see the world. 
“It was really hard to leave academia,” said Bost, “but I feel like this is such a great opportunity to take back to my future students.”
Bost signed on to be the vocal captain of her ship, which is similar to a music director. On Disney Cruise Line, performers are singing, dancing and acting in some of Disney’s most popular shows, including “Frozen,” “Tangled” and “Beauty and the Beast.” Bost said she knows 10 other alumni who signed on for cruises within the past year, some of whom are rehearsing with her in Toronto. 
Brielle Amrein (’18 BM in music theater) has been performing as Belle for Disney Cruise Line. 
“Getting a chance to be on the other side of it was nothing short of magical,” Amrein said. “Looking at the little ones in the audience, seeing their faces light up when they saw their favorite princess, knowing that we were making a memory that they will never forget. … It was so special and something I will cherish forever.”
Even though the experience is a “magical” one, it’s also hard work.

“It’s like summer camp,” Bost said. Performers live with the same people for nine months, rehearsing from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, with shows every day while on the boat. 
“It’s going to be a different type of intense than even a show a week on Broadway would be,” Bost said.
Carole Fitzpatrick, associate professor of voice, isn’t surprised by the number of ASU students being hired by cruise lines. 
“We are preparing not only the expected ‘triple threat’ — singer/dancer/actor but we’re also encouraging students to be able to sing all different styles and genres of music, not just music theater or classical,” Fitzpatrick said.
According to the Cruise Lines International Association, ships are expecting a 106% increase in passengers from 2019 levels. Looking into 2027, this number jumps to a staggering 39.5 million passengers who need a boatload of entertainment.

Brayden Guentzel (’23 BFA, dance) will be traveling with Princess Cruises.

Brielle Amrein (’18 BM, music theater) has been performing as princesses for Disney Cruise Line.

Julia Kelly-Davis (’19 BM, music theater) performs on Norwegian Cruise Line.

Ben Massouras (’18 BM, music theater) perfoms with Disney Cruise Line.

Yophi Adia Bost (’22 MM, voice, music theater and opera) is performing with Disney Cruise Lines.
Dance alum Brayden Guentzel (’23 BFA in dance) will be traveling all the way to New Zealand and Australia with Princess Cruises. Carley Conder, clinical assistant professor of dance, told Guentzel about the audition in December after he expressed interest in entertainment and cruises.
It was Guentzel’s first and only audition after graduating from ASU. He was pleased to accept the position and started rehearsing this summer in Los Angeles.
“I haven’t danced this much in a long time,” Guentzel said. 
He’s rehearsing for 10 productions and 50 different dances in those productions to be performed for guests each week. 
Guentzel said his production responsibilities at ASU helped prepare him for the Princess Cruises position. He has to take care of his own costume, and also has to know about lighting design and how to run a show. 
“I know what that means because of ASU,” Guentzel said.
Along with dancing, Guentzel will also perform duties and work on the ship in hospitality. On his days off, he’ll get to explore some of the many countries the ship will be porting at.
From the student’s perspective, this is full-time work doing what they’ve been trained to do; that’s a gift in our industry, and not usual,” Fitzpatrick said. “The chance to get paid to travel around the world? What a great gig!” 
Follow along with alumni from the School of Music, Dance and Theatre on their cruise ship journeys:
Aydan Bruce (’23 BM, music theater)
Carnival Cruises

Ben Massouras (’18 BM, music theater)
Disney Cruise Line
Brayden Guentzel (’23 BFA, dance)
Princess Cruises
Brianna McClure (’21 BM, music theater)
Disney Cruise Line
Brielle Amrein (’18 BM, music theater)
Disney Cruise Line

Brittany Howk (’16 BM, music theater)
Seabourn Cruise
Frenki Hykollari (’22 BM, music theater)
Carnival Cruise Lines

John Batchan (’18 BM, music theater)
Disney Cruise Line
Jonice Bernard (’22 BM, music theater)
Disney Cruise Line

Julia Kelly-Davis (’19 BM, music theater)
Norwegian Cruise Lines

Yophi Adia Bost (’22 MM, voice, music theater and opera) 
Disney Cruise Line
Written by Benjamin Adelberg

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