Central Bosnia, Central Problems

With our local governance paper coming along and the daily edit, re-edit, merge, repeat cycle in full swing, I’ve been reflecting a lot on the actual structure of governance in Bosnia. The whole object of our project is to asses the impact of international aid on the local level, and it comes at a time when decentralization is still a hot topic in Bosnia. But, is the problem an even deeper, systemic one?

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Streptococcus parauberis

This summer, I have had the chance to continue working with Stephen Cole on his master’s project regarding Streptococcus parauberis in cattle and fish strains.

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Summer research comes to an end!

This is the final post of the summer but definitely not the end of this project! Summer totals leave me with 24 fields completed in GIS and I hope to analyze 40 in total. Also, I have 4 fields in both resolutions to test the 10m DEMs and I would like to have 10 total as the larger the sample size, the more reliable the results. We have ground-truthed only 2 fields, it being a very time consuming process and I would like to have the in-field data for at least 5 more fields. I will work on getting this information in September when the weather is gentler and the forest slightly less vegetated. The past few days have been spent writing up the methods I used this summer to get a head start on my thesis and working with the LIDAR data on James City County fields.

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Enter: Research

Hello Desmarie again,

Of all the lessons I’ve learned during my time as an experimenter, the idea that research is constant, vigil editing proves to be the most important.  It is nit-picking and at many times frustrating.  But I cannot complain much since I willingly selected myself to pursue further endeavors in the field.   And in my time so far I have attained numerous skills propelling my hopes of becoming a proficient researcher therefore the nit-picking and the obsessing and the frustration pays off.

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S.O.M.O.S in Paraiso, DR- The Primary Findings

As I left from Bolivia to start off my summer work in Dominican Republic, I had a bunch of feelings running through me. The work myself and two other SOMOS (Student Organization for Medical Outreach and Sustainability) members (Bruce Pfirrmann ’13 and JoAnna Weeks ’13) were about to start was a big change for our student organization. We were moving away from the various interviews and GPS layouts we have done in the small community on the outskirts of Villa Mella zone of the Dominican Republic that we’ve been working with for the last seven years; and moving towards what is hopefully forming a contract for the next 4-5 in the future. This contract will not only outline the relationship of SOMOS with the community, but also contain 3-5 goals, ideas, and/or projects that the whole community and SOMOS members both agree to work towards to improve health in the community.

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