2016 GAP Student Blog: Adapting In Tanzania’s Business Environment

Maureen Langlois General

Initially, we planned on writing our second business blog about our first meeting with our colleagues at the University of Dodoma. There’s plenty to say about the differing style including: how and when to introduce yourself (Swahili has a structure of greetings based on familiarity, respect and seniority) and the concept of time. Since that meeting, we’ve come to recognize …

2016 GAP Student Blog: Tanzania’s Own Island Paradise

Maureen Langlois Wells to Wellness

Throughout the centuries of the colonial age, Zanzibar was claimed, conquered and held by Portugal, Oman and, most recently, Great Britain. The island gained its independence in 1963 and merged with Tanganyika to become Tanzania in 1964. It’s obvious that Zanzibar’s place in the Omani Empire has the strongest historical and cultural impact on the island, despite Britain’s close temporal …

Tanzania Visit Establishes, Reaffirms Collaborations

Maureen Langlois Wells to Wellness

In an April visit to the Tanzanian cities of Dodoma and Dar es Salaam, GWI Interim Director Marty Kress and Senior Research Associate Rebecca Gianotti advanced the development of the WE3 Program and related educational initiatives in meetings with both established partners and new collaborators in the government, academic, non-profit and multilateral sectors. Highlights of the trip include: Renewal of …

EVENT: Harmful Algal Blooms Workshop In Toledo To Discuss Health Impacts

Maureen Langlois Events, Inland Water Quality

GWI Faculty Advisory Committee member Jiyoung Lee will co-lead a workshop for health professionals on the front lines of harmful algal blooms in Toledo, Ohio next month. Date: Thursday, June 2, 2016, 9:30 to 1 Location: Lucas County EMS Training Center, 2127 Jefferson Avenue, Toledo, OH 43206 Registration (by May 27): http://habs2016.eventbrite.com Contact: Samantha Eitniear, Toledo-Lucas County Health Department, 419-213-4073 …

EVENT: Seventh Annual Tour de H2O June 4

Maureen Langlois Events

GWI faculty consultant Keely Croxton is once again working with a team to put on the Tour de H2O, a central Ohio bike ride aimed at raising money for increased water access in rural Africa. The June 4 event aims to raise $30,000 for water access projects in Kenya with international NGO Global Partners for Development. Date: June 4, 2016 …

2016 GAP Student Blog: Beyond The Lions And Elephants In Arusha

Maureen Langlois Wells to Wellness

I don’t want to claim that our first few days in Tanzania were tops among GAPers, but I challenge any location in the world to compete with the awe-inspiring Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. Seeing huge horizon-to-horizon herds of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle followed by pools of massive floating families of hippos and, of course, the fierce predators lurking in the …

Children And Water Quality: Learning, Improving In Ohio And Uganda

Maureen Langlois Wells to Wellness

A fundraiser is underway at buckeyefunder.osu.edu to support a creative educational effort that links elementary school students in Ohio and the East African nation of Uganda as they learn more about issues impacting water resources in their communities. “Water Across the World” is a project led by Suzanne Gray, assistant professor of aquatic physiological ecology in the College of Food, …

EVENT: Summer Global Teacher Seminar: Water Security For The 21st Century

Maureen Langlois Events

A new seminar developed jointly by the Office of International Affairs’ area studies centers, School of Earth Sciences and the Department of Teaching and Learning at The Ohio State University  will provide a broad introduction to the critical issues relating to the world’s freshwater resources for Central Ohio middle and high school social studies and science teachers. Date:  June 6 – …

2016 GAP Student Blog: Tanzanian Lunch Meeting at a Greek Restaurant…Wait, What?

Maureen Langlois Wells to Wellness

In true Fisher networking fashion, we landed a lunch meeting with a local water solutions manager – a tentative third degree connection to our group. Our first business meeting on Tanzanian soil went well, despite the distant network link and unavoidable jet lag. Vincent runs a drilling and construction company in Arusha, a former division of a company focused on …

Searching For Cancer Treatments In Harmful Algal Blooms

Maureen Langlois Inland Water Quality

A new collaboration by researchers at Ohio State, Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Biosortia Pharmaceuticals will explore the potential for cancer treatments in compounds harvested from harmful algal blooms such as those that appear on Lake Erie every summer. Early results show promise for applications to pediatric cancer (neuroblastoma), liver cancer (Hepatitis C virus) and an alternative approach to combat tumor …