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 …

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, …

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 …

Ohio State Students Brainstorm Private Sector Water Solutions

Maureen Langlois Wells to Wellness

Ohio State students from the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Business came together on April 21 to hear about innovative approaches to social entrepreneurship–and in the case of GWI, to brainstorm some of their own. Hosted by UnSectored Cbus, an organization that promotes awareness of socially minded local businesses and business models, and co-sponsored by GWI, the event …

Polluted water in Bangladesh. Source: ABC News.

EVENT: Jianyong Wu On Water-Borne Disease In Bangladesh

Maureen Langlois Events, Wells to Wellness

Untangling Risk Factors for Diarrheal Disease in Rural Bangladesh: Water, Land and Climate Jianyong Wu,  Ph.D. Spatial Health Research Group & Water Institute The University of North Carolina will present a seminar in the College of Public Health sponsored by GWI Faculty Advisory Committee member Jiyoung Lee on Tuesday, April 12th from 1-2pm in Cunz Hall 330. More about the …

EVENT: Unsectored Cbus Takes On Rural Water Development

adavey Events, Wells to Wellness

GWI will team up with Unsectored Cbus this Thursday, April 21 to brainstorm cross-disciplinary solutions for rural water access in developing countries. Unsectored Cbus brings students and the Columbus community together to encourage cross-disciplinary collaborations that help passionate students and innovative entrepreneurs connect and work for sustainable change. GWI will be tapping this knowledge and passion to tackle pressing issues …

White House Water Summit Attendees. Source: First Coast News.

Ohio State Joins US Water Partnership In Commitments At White House Water Summit

Maureen Langlois Inland Water Quality, Wells to Wellness

The White House Water Summit, held on World Water Day (March 22), gathered leading institutions with a stake in innovating sustainable solutions to mounting water safety and security issues–and Ohio State was one of them. Marty Kress, interim director of the Global Water Institute at Ohio State, was on hand to participate in the summit, which consisted of a series …

US Army patrol on the Euphrates River. Source: US Army via Flickr.

EVENT: Aysegul Kibaroglu on Transboundary Water Politics in the Euphrates Tigris Region

Maureen Langlois Events, Wells to Wellness

Aysegul Kibaroglu, Professor of Political Science and International Relations at MEF University in Istanbul, Turkey, will give a keynote address on Thursday April 21, 2016  ahead of a full-day workshop on Friday, April 22 about water issues in the Euphrates-Tigris River Basin. GWI is co-sponsoring the event with the Mershon Center for International Security Studies and the the Middle East …