Category Archives: Africa

So I won’t need to rob a bank…

Good news! I got my first research grant as an assistant professor.  It feels good, like I might have some ideas that could go places. The award comes through the BSOS Dean’s Initiative which provides funding for pilot and start … Continue reading

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Publishing news

I finally have another article published.  This is a research project I worked on with an undergraduate student at Universidade Eduardo Mondlane in Maputo, Mozambique.  I am so happy that it is finally up online in its final form.  I … Continue reading

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Serendipitous reminders

Serendip is an old name for the island of Sri Lanka, and the word serendipity comes from a story about 3 princes from that island who “were always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things they were not in … Continue reading

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Working during dinner

Kate, Anse (a Tanzanian colleague) and I are writing a paper together on a water quality education intervention we conducted this summer in rural Tanzania.  I am currently drafting my sections of the paper. Anyway, it is dinnertime and I … Continue reading

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Larium dreams

Larium is my choice prophylactic when I travel to Africa or other malarial places.  I take it once a week, usually on “Malaria Mondays.”  Besides the once a week dose, it is one of the cheaper drugs available for travelers … Continue reading

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Peer review

Peer review is something every scientist goes through multiple times in their career once they get past undergrad.  You submit your work for critique and you critique the work of your peers.  It’s part of the scientific process and a … Continue reading

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The Water Cycle

I know the water cycle pretty well, but it is always fun to learn something familiar in a new language.  Teaching science can be lots of fun – especially when it is difficult to tell who is learning and who … Continue reading

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Good advice

I found this sticker on the back of the door in the women’s toilet at Kilimanjaro Airport.  It reads, in Dutch, “Remember to laugh today.”  Oh those crazy Dutch!  🙂  If you are not laughing in Africa, especially at yourself, … Continue reading

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Out of Gas

While posting about Firefly episodes wouldn’t be out of my purview, this time I’m really in a situation where petrol is scarce.  Tanzania is experiencing petrol/gasoline shortages. Apparently the Tanzanian government has been trying to regulate the price on petrol, … Continue reading

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Well I stand up next to a mountain…

This was the view from where I stayed this past week in the field – Kilimanjaro Agricultural Technical Centre.  Chekereni, Tanzania is a farming community in Kilimanjaro District, Tanzania right on the Kenyan border.  They grow primarily rice and maize, … Continue reading

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