Becoming the Student Once Again

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Becoming the Student Once Again

I guess I should have seen it coming. I have, after all, been in training all my life. Having grown up with two phenomenal teachers as parents, workbooks were my siblings and stuffed animals my students from before I completely understood the concept of teaching. Now, I have fallen in love with it. Perhaps it […]

Venturing into the Amazon

Posted by on Jun 13, 2014 in Uncategorized | No Comments
Venturing into the Amazon

Close your eyes for a moment and dream with me. Feel the cool rain hit your face as the heavens open up above you with a downpour that soaks through to your very core. Listen to the orchestra of monkeys, owls, parrots, insects, and frogs as they speak, sing, search, and cry. Feel the heat […]

Casa Comunal: An International Community Effort

Posted by on Jul 31, 2013 in Uncategorized | No Comments
Casa Comunal: An International Community Effort

A time-lapse video of the construction of the casa comunal (community center) in Bella Maria, Loja, Ecuador, in conjunction with the Tropical Disease Research Program at Ohio University and the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador.

Los Ceibos: Hands that Create

Posted by on Jul 20, 2013 in Uncategorized | No Comments
Los Ceibos: Hands that Create

Captions: Ceibo de Miguel at sunrise. With the help of the Healthy Living Initiative at Ohio University, a group of eight women learned to make handmade jewelry three years ago in the nearby community of Chaquizcha. The group is now based in Bella Maria, and the artisans have agreed upon the name Los Ceibos because […]

The Many Faces of TDI

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The Many Faces of TDI

Captions: Sofia Ocana, a researcher with the Tropical Disease Research Program, carefully holds a container of chinchurros (the vector for Chagas Disease) that will be studied and analyzed in the field lab in Cariamanga to determine if they carry the parasite T. Cruzi. The Tropical Disease Research Program team also studied mammals this summer to […]

Con nuestra labor, sin Chagas Ecuador!

Posted by on Jul 7, 2013 in Uncategorized | No Comments
Con nuestra labor, sin Chagas Ecuador!

Captions: Cariamanga, Ecuador, operated as the home base for the Tropical Disease Research Program this summer. The students and staff involved in the program traveled by banana (15-person van) to Bella Maria, Chaquizcha, and Guara each day to carry out field research and help with community development programs. Maria Jose Carrasco passes an adobe brick […]

Combating Chagas in Ecuador

Posted by on Jun 17, 2013 in Uncategorized | No Comments
Combating Chagas in Ecuador

Chagas disease is something that very few people outside of Central and South America know exists, yet it currently affects over 11 million people and has become one of the major health problems in South America. Of those who are not treated, 30% will develop chronic Chagas disease and will suffer from digestive or heart […]

Exotic Animal Ownership

Posted by on Mar 13, 2012 in Uncategorized | No Comments
Exotic Animal Ownership

Emma is a 13-year-old spider monkey who lives at Bethsaida Farms in Vinton County, Ohio. Her owner, Cy Vierstra, cares for a menagerie of native and exotic animals on his land, where he has constructed specialized housing for each critter and offers educational visits to the public. Vierstra is one of the plaintiffs fighting to […]