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Digital First Impact Grant sends iPads to Ethiopia for One Health initiative

A $25,000 grant from Ohio State's Office of Distance Education and eLearning has been allocated to Dr. Wondwossen Gebreyes and his colleagues involved in the College of Veterinary Medicine's Global One Health Intiative in the form of 40 iPad minis.

The One Health team will use 20 of the devices for education purposes, furthering community awareness and conducting research in Ethiopia. The resources will also be shared with the partner institutions who are working alongside the team.

Along with the Digital First Impact Grant, staff members from ODEE will offer consultation and technology support for Gebreyes' work. The additional 20 iPads will be distributed to five professors and 15 Ohio State students in Columbus, Ohio, in order to communicate with the group in Ethiopia and receive and examine incoming data.

This is an especially exciting opportunity for the team, who will be using a newly produced application on the iPads, titled "One Health," in conjunction with their research. The One Health app affords a researcher to transcribe their notes by utilizing speech-recognition software. Then, it stores all of the data on a centralized server, which research partners will have access to nearly instantaneously, straight from the field. The technology allows for faster research, analysis and communication with our One Health team around the globe. 

The ODEE's Digital First Impact Grant is also creating five related iTunes U courses, including one taught by Gebreyes - Molecular Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases (VETPREV 8700), which was completed earlier this year. The other four courses being developed are:

  • Greg Habing's VETPREV 7722: Farm to Table Food Safety
  • Usha Menon's HRS 4900: Evidence Based Medicine in Health Sciences
  • Mike Bisesi's PUBHEHS 6310: Environmental Health Science: Sources and Pathways of Exposure
  • Ningchuan Xiao's GEOG 5223: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Analysis

Check out Ohio State's One Health blog.


Dec. 15, 2014

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