Two Wright State professors have been named the Wright State University Social Entrepreneurship Fund’s first award recipients.

Thomas Hangartner, Ph.D., led a team that built a digital x-ray imaging device that does not require film, chemicals, or other supplies after installation. Nasser Kashou, Ph.D., and five students traveled to Malawi in May to deliver the first machine to a health care facility in a rural village.

Govind Bharwani, Ph.D., designed therapies for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. The therapies include music, video, brain stimulation through games and puzzles, and memory prop therapy. Studies showed that patients’ moods and behaviors improved dramatically following therapy sessions, and the need for medications decreased.

“As a public institution, part of our mission is to help meet the public’s needs,” said Kimberly Barrett, vice president for multicultural affairs and community engagement. “The Social Entrepreneurship Fund helps those whose primary goal is that common good.”

Barrett encourages those with creative, innovative, and sustainable projects to apply for funding from the Social Entrepreneurship Fund, which is supported by private donations. “We are looking for projects that meet a significant need in our local or global community,” she said. “This fund will help meet those needs and encourage people who are working toward positive social change.”

Those interested in donating should contact Barrett at (937) 775-5240 or Rebecca Cole, vice president for university advancement, at (937) 775-2852.