A broad range of research questions were addressed at the fifth annual Global Health Showcase last Thursday, where more than 100 Duke undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students presented posters highlighting their global health research in nearly two dozen countries.
Each year, the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) sponsors a student fieldwork photo contest in conjunction with the Global Health Showcase event. This year, we added another competition: a research poster contest. Contest winners were announced at the Showcase event last Thursday.
The fortified Toyota Land Cruiser slipped and bounced in the muddy hollows of the rain-drenched Mongolian steppe. The driver, a native Mongolian man named Inka, slowly engineered the vehicle along what just two days earlier was a dusty pair of dirt tracks. In the back seat, Master of Science in Global Health students Laura Pulscher and Thomas Moore braced themselves during the ride, relaxing when Inka stopped the vehicle to ask a goat herder for directions.
Between completing coursework for two majors and fitting in a fieldwork experience, Duke global health majors may find their study abroad options limited. But Duke Semester in India (DSI) offers an ideal opportunity to combine the intrigue of study abroad with the requirements of the global health co-major.
Elisa Maffioli, a fourth-year PhD student in economics from Italy, joined the doctoral scholars program in 2015. Her research interests lie at the intersection of development economics and health economics.
Duke students interested in biomedical engineering (BME) and global health now have a new opportunity to fuse their interests in a collaborative trans-continental partnership. The recently established Duke-Makerere University BME Partnership will connect students and faculty in the BME program at Duke with their peers at Makerere University (MUK) in Kampala, Uganda, to build teaching capacity and design skills.
Bass Connections, a university-wide initiative that facilitates interdisciplinary teams in exploring societal challenges, is calling for proposals from Duke faculty and—for the first time—graduate and professional students, post-docs, trainees and fellows for new project teams starting in summer 2017 or the 2017-2018 academic year.
More than forty online education project proposals were submitted by Duke faculty to the Spring 2016 call for proposals from Online Duke, Provost Sally Kornbluth and the Office of Global Strategy and Programs. Six projects were chosen to receive full support to develop online, interactive materials over the 2016-2017 academic year, and four of the six projects originated from the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI).
After leading DGHI’s Master of Science in Global Health program since its inception in 2008, medicine and global health professor Christopher Woods has passed the torch to assistant professor of global health Melissa Watt, who has served as the program’s associate director since 2013. Medicine and global health professor Nathan Thielman will be assuming the associate director role.
As returning global health students and scholars wrap up their fieldwork in 30 different countries, DGHI is welcoming its largest cohort of master’s degree students ever, several new doctoral scholars and hundreds of returning undergraduate majors and minors.