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Goodbye Mpala, Hello Turkwel!

Welcome back!  We’ve had an exciting week.  Our last few days at the Mpala research center were spent learning more about the savanna ecosystem surrounding us, and about the community that is a dynamic part of the ecosystem.  Wednesday morning, we went with Pat Milligan of the University of Florida to the greenhouses at Mpala [...]

By | 2018-07-19T09:02:14+00:00 July 19th, 2018|General|Comments Off on Goodbye Mpala, Hello Turkwel!

Origins Summer Field School 2018 begins!

  Karibuni! Welcome to the TBI Summer Field School 2018! My name is Lucia Nadal and I am the Resident Academic Director of this year’s program. Together with the Summer Field School Director, Dr. Jason Lewis and our TA Lydia Myers, I’ll be accompanying the students throughout this program. Our three-module six-week field school will [...]

By | 2018-07-12T12:12:37+00:00 July 10th, 2018|Featured, Origins Summer 2018|Comments Off on Origins Summer Field School 2018 begins!

That’s a Wrap: Global Innovation 2018

This blog was written in collaboration with Natalie Lubaszka: On Monday June 18th we took a trip to see one of the hand pumps that was installed by a non-governmental organization. When we arrived there was a woman and a few children pumping out water. After speaking to them, with the help of our translator [...]

By | 2018-07-05T10:07:18+00:00 July 5th, 2018|Field Schools, Global Innovation 2018, Global Innovation Field School|Comments Off on That’s a Wrap: Global Innovation 2018

To Ethiopia and Beyond!

This blog was written in collaboration with Winnie Wang: Monday, June 11th marked the first day of the second class in the Global Innovation program, EAS 310: Global Design Engineering Innovation. Professor Rodrigo Peña introduced the class and the corresponding assignments. The students’ main responsibility for EAS 310 is to outline a long-term project to [...]

By | 2018-06-27T13:02:41+00:00 June 27th, 2018|Field Schools, Global Innovation 2018, Global Innovation Field School|Comments Off on To Ethiopia and Beyond!

Ileret Primary School Spotlight Teacher: Margaret Shuoro

Meet Margaret Shuoro! A teacher at Ileret's primary school. She became a teacher just a year ago but has already inspired many students. Spotlight Teacher: Margaret Shuoro Growing up Daasanach, Margaret experienced many difficulties. Battling through it all she became one of the few in her family to earn an education, going all [...]

By | 2018-06-20T13:19:55+00:00 June 20th, 2018|Field Schools, Global Innovation 2018, Global Innovation Field School|Comments Off on Ileret Primary School Spotlight Teacher: Margaret Shuoro

Short-Term Projects for Long-Term Memories

This blog was written in collaboration with Konnie Xu: Monday morning the team was energized for a week of finishing up their short-term projects, aimed at improving the daily lives of the Daasanach tangibly. This is to be completed within the two week period of the first course of the Global Innovation program, EAS 312: [...]

By | 2018-06-18T04:49:36+00:00 June 18th, 2018|Field Schools, Global Innovation 2018, Global Innovation Field School|Comments Off on Short-Term Projects for Long-Term Memories

Hydroponic gardening at TBI’s research facilities

In our effort to produce fruit and green vegetables locally, to supply the Turkana Basin Institute field stations at Ileret and Turkwel, we set up two successful hydroponics gardens. Hydroponics is the process of growing plants in sand, gravel or liquid, with added nutrients but without soil. Michael Kibumba manages [...]

By | 2018-06-12T13:46:12+00:00 June 12th, 2018|Media, Photos|Comments Off on Hydroponic gardening at TBI’s research facilities