2016 GAP Student Blog: Tackling Team Work In Tanzania

Maureen Langlois Wells to Wellness

As we’ve all come to know, group work inherently comes with peaks and valleys, high fives, handshakes and deep-seeded displeasure. Fisher makes a huge push for group work in the first-year curriculum. Whether it is the first-year core teams or this GAP project, group projects are part of every single class Fisher class. Fisher has adopted the “early and often” approach. …

Water-Focused Teacher Training Emphasizes Systems Approach

Maureen Langlois General, Wells to Wellness

Why are GWI and others concerned with providing sustainable systems solutions for communities facing water resource challenges? “It is because all your health come from clean water” said Gardner Watkins, a high school teacher in Environmental and Applied Environmental Science at Dublin High School. Watkins was speaking during  the 2016 Global Teacher Water Security Seminar that was organized by Ohio …

Engineering Capstone Team Visits Partner Village In Tanzania

Maureen Langlois Wells to Wellness

A team from The Ohio State University’s Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering traveled to Tanzania’s Kilimanjaro region in May to work with a Masai community to develop rural water system solutions. The group, comprised of recent graduates as well as one senior student, was led by Dr. Michael Hagenberger, associate professor of practice in the department. The trip, which …

Congratulations, Graduating GWI Masters Students!

Maureen Langlois General

The end of the spring semester saw three GWI student associates graduate from Ohio State: Paree Allu (M.S., Mechanical Engineering), currently working as a Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Engineer at Flow Science, Inc. in Santa Fe, NM Christian Medeiros (MBA, Marketing), to start work this summer in brand management for Abbott Nutrition in Columbus, OH Nivedita Raghavan (MBA, Strategy and …

2016 GAP Student Blog: The Land Of The Masai

Maureen Langlois Wells to Wellness

Mention East African culture or the dominant Swahili language to a Westerner and you might just stir up images of brightly clad Masai people with gauged (stretched lobe piercings) ears, elaborate jewelry and lethal spears. Ironically enough, the Masai have their own language, yet four warriors grace the cover of my own Swahili phrasebook. Go figure! Anyway, we’ve all seen …

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 …