What type of professional development program leaps from the sex life of aphids to a shower-in/shower-out hog facility in southern Minnesota, pausing along the way to learn about the business of food from agriculture cooperatives, family businesses, and publicly held corporations? It’s the Food Systems Leadership Program, a series of three week-long intensive sessions that kicked off in August with Session 1: Focus on Food Production.
Webster’s Dictionary defines “community” as a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.
This summer I had the good fortune to participate in programs that took me to agricultural communities stretching from the African countries of Kenya, Ethiopia, and Zambia to the fertile plains of southern Minnesota. While the contrasts in efficiency and productivity were stark, I was deeply moved by the underlying spirit of community in all of the locations.
April 2015 marked the official launch of a partnership between the University of Minnesota and the Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Prishtina. This partnership was formed under the US Agency for International Development’s ‘Transformational Leadership Project: Scholarships and Partnerships’ being implemented by World Learning.
Teams of researchers in Thailand and Minnesota are joining forces on three timely topics.
These research projects stemmed from the first World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) Veterinary Education Twinning project which paired the veterinary faculties of Chiang Mai University in Thailand and the University of Minnesota as a way to evaluate curriculum and develop modern educational facilities and methods, based on accepted international standards.
Mission-driven, competency-oriented, results-focused
More than 2,000 graduate students and early to mid-career professionals have participated in one or more of the experiential learning opportunities initiated by the Center for Animal Health and Food Safety (CAHFS) and its partners over the past decade. While this number is impressive, it only tells part of the story.
Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia continue to deal with the fear, social upheaval, and massive loss of life caused by the ongoing Ebola outbreak. While the real impacts of Ebola are being felt in West Africa, returning travelers and health care workers have prompted concern about potential domestic spread. In the fall of 2014, human health care worker Ebola cases in Spain and Texas highlighted the largely unexplored role of dogs and other animals as potential carriers of Ebola virus.
The 2015 Global Health Institute was held in Chiang Mai Thailand this February. The Institute provided an opportunity for over 70 participants from 14 countries to concentrate on the areas of emerging and re-emerging diseases, antimicrobial resistance, application of risk analysis, epidemiological tools and application, food safety and hygiene and One Health Education.
My, how you’ve grown…the Summer Public Health Institute
Drs. Jeff Bender, Will Hueston, and Scott Wells were among the first- year faculty and continue to teach at the PHI.
The University of Minnesota Summer Public Health Institute (PHI), scheduled each year during the May term, offers courses for everyone practicing or studying public health and its related fields. Faculty and experts create and teach short courses that respond to current advances in their fields.