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One Health: Water, Animals, Food and Society

i-One Health Website Launched

The COEOH has launched the i-One Health website to connect faculty and students across the ten UC campuses with each other and with One Health partners around the world. Users can read about One Health projects in action and find partners and information relating to One Health resources, including job opportunities, funding, educational course materials (coming soon!), photos, videos, and events. If you interested in becoming a member of the site, contact Paulina Zielinska (mzielinska@ucdavis.edu).

Constructed with input from UC faculty, the i-One Health website was originally intended to facilitate faculty connections throughout the UC system and with other global partners in an effort to promote research and education related to the One Health movement, which recognizes that the health of animals (domestic and wild) and people are inextricably linked with each other and the environment. Faculty can use the site to identify potential collaborators based on research topics and geographical area and share resources, projects, and ideas. Such dissemination is critical to spreading the One Health approach throughout the global health community.

Students can also utilize the site to link with faculty, researchers and other students focusing on One Health to engage in discussions and read interesting blogs describing the work of others who are actively engaged in One Health activities. Students will find funding, research and career opportunities on the site, as well as a forum to share their own projects and experiences with like-minded individuals who believe in a One Health approach to global health.

COEOH Sponsoring Photo and Video Contest for Students

To celebrate the launch of the i-One Health website and add to its media resources library, the One Health Center is sponsoring a UC system-wide One Health photo and video contest for students. Entrants will submit a photo or create a short video that draws public attention to the concept of One Health and helps others to better understand connections between human, animal, and environmental health. Travel grants to attend the 2013 UC Global Health Day at UC Riverside in February 2013 will be awarded to the top entries in each category (photo and video). Additional details about the contest (including submission guidelines and selection criteria) are posted in the student members section of i-One Health.

COEOH Announces First Cohort of Water SENSE IGERT Fellows

As part of its National Science Foundation IGERT (Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship) training grant, the One Health COE hub at UC Riverside has selected five PhD students for the inaugural class. The 2012 Water SENSE IGERT Fellowship recipients represent three colleges: Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences; Natural & Agricultural Sciences; and Engineering. The $3 million IGERT grant will support a total of 22 graduate students over five years at UC Riverside to become water scholars, fellows who are able to address the complex and pressing problem of water scarcity affected by population growth, urbanization, and climate change.

One Health COE Partners with Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology on Educational Exchanges

The One Health Center of Expertise is involved in several educational exchanges with the Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology (NM-AIST) in Arusha, Tanzania that may lead to new endeavors that will benefit UCGHI and NM-AIST.

This summer, UC Riverside faculty members are visiting NM-AIST to offer the following short course modules to students and professional seminars for faculty:

  • Thomas Girke, Professor of Bioinformations, is teaching a course on bioinformatics — especially the use of data-mining tools and databases to study partially or entirely sequenced plan genomes and to integrate databases from different research disciplines.
  • Marylynn Yates, Professor of Environmental Sciences and Dean of the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, is offering a short course on "Waterborne Disease: Agents, Transmission, Detection Methods, Risk Assessment, and Prevention."
  • Mary Gauvain, Professor of Psychology and Chair of UCR's Academic Senate, is offering two course modules: "Social Science Approaches for Studying Adults and Children in Situ" and "Practicum: How Social and Behavioral Science Can Be Used in Your Research Program."
  • Peter Atkinson, Professor of Entomology and Genomics and Director of the Center for Disease Vector Research, is offering a course module on "Evolving Methods to Genetically Control the Spread of Mosquitoes."

In addition, the One Health Center at UC Riverside is funding the visit of NM-AIST doctoral student Alex Shayo to study the use of metagenomics to identify microbial pathogens from environmental samples that are collected from dump sites.

On the Davis campus, the One Health Center is sponsoring the visit of Beatus Lyimo, a senior laboratory scientist at the NM-AIST, to receive laboratory training on methods for the detection and identification waterborne pathogens. He will be returning to Tanzania to work with Professors Paul Gwakisa and Joram Buza in the School of Life Sciences and Bio-Engineering and Professor Karoli Njau in Water Resources and Environmental Science and Engineering to establish the water testing capabilities and graduate student training in these techniques at NM-AIST. Marylynn Yates from UC Riverside will visit NM-AIST in August to observe the implementation of Lyimo’s training in technology and graduate student supervision. Additionally, UC Davis’s Woutrina Miller and Patricia Conrad are planning trips to NM-AIST in September to work with faculty and doctoral students to follow up on this project.

The One Health Center at UC Davis also has facilitated an in-country link between NM-AIST and One Health’s long-time research partner Sokoine University of Agriculture in Morogoro, Tanzania.

One Health Co-Director Patricia Conrad Inducted into American Academy of Microbiology

Patricia Conrad, One Health Center Co-Director, was inducted as a 2012 Fellow in the American Academy of Microbiology and selected as the Division Z Lecturer at a special symposium on One Health: Humans, Animals and the Environment at the 112th General Meeting of the American Society of Microbiology.

i-One Health Network Coming Soon

The One Health Center will be launching the “i-One Health” network in August to connect faculty and students across the ten UC campuses with each other and with One Health partners globally. The goal is to provide a quick and easy means for site members to find information relating to One Health and share resources including job opportunities, funding, research, educational activities, and One Health events.

One Health Featured at UC Global Health Day

The COE One Health: Water, Animals Food and Society was featured in a breakout session at the recent UC Global Health Day on February 4 at UC Berkeley. Marylynn Yates (UC Riverside) chaired the afternoon session "Applications of the One Health Approach to Global Health Issues," which featured graduate students who were selected in 2011 as recipients of UCGHI One Health Student Summer Research Fellowships. These students included Heidi Beebe (UC Riverside), Katie Fiorella (UC Berkeley), Sam Heft-Neal (UC Berkeley), Colin Krusor (UC Davis), Annette Roug (UC Davis) and Nicholas Welcome (UC Riverside). This session was extremely well attended and illustrated both the range and quality of student-led projects encompassed within the One Health Center. Peter Atkinson (UC Riverside) chaired a second breakout session on Climate Change and Vector Biology, which featured UC researchers Anton Cornel (UC Davis), Bill Walton (UC Riverside) and Guiyun Yan (UC Irvine) and graduate student Genevieve Tauxe (UC Riverside), who was also a recipient of the One Health Student Summer Research Fellowship. This session focused on how changes in climate can also impact the distribution of insects, with particular emphasis on mosquitoes, which transmit human pathogens and are significant factors contributing to human disease and poverty in Africa and south Asia.