Cotonou, Benin sits restlessly at the mouth of Lake Nokoué as it ebbs ceaselessly through the Langune de Cotonou into the Bight of Benin; impressive with its popular fleet of moto-cycle taxis or zémidjans swiftly navigating the dense labyrinth of rues. Benin, itself, is home to around 9 million people of which 37.4% are below the poverty line. In the past decade, mobile technology utilization in Sub-Saharan Africa has grown at an unprecedented pace.
The Blum Center administers three grants programs annually, one $10k grant to faculty and postdocs, $35k for graduate students, and $35k for undergraduates. Grant funds can be used for project related costs and travel. Successful grants will be selected for practical, hands-on projects and applied research addressing poverty alleviation and inequity around the globe.
Disease-resistant, heat-tolerant chickens for Africa
A new program that will identify genes crucial for breeding chickens that can tolerate hot climates and resist infectious diseases — specifically the devastating Newcastle disease — has been launched under the leadership of the University of California, Davis. The global economic impact of virulent Newcastle disease is enormous. The project is particularly important for Africa, where infectious diseases annually cause approximately 750 million poultry deaths.
Dr. Jonna Mazet elected to the Institute of Medicine, one of the nation’s highest honors in health and medicine
Mazet is a professor of epidemiology and disease ecology and director of the Wildlife Health Center and One Health Institute at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. She is also global director of PREDICT, part of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Emerging Pandemic Threats Program. Mazet and Dr. Nancy Lane, who was also elected from UC Davis, join 68 other new members and 10 foreign associates elected to the prestigious institute.
Charged with linking transformative research with partnerships to address challenges and opportunities at the intersection of food, agriculture and health, acclaimed plant biologist Roger Beachy today was named founding director of the new World Food Center at the University of California, Davis. Beachy, internationally known for his scientific leadership and groundbreaking research related to disease-resistance in crops, will assume the new position Jan. 1.
The annual Big Bang Business Competition organized by the UC Davis Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, promotes entrepreneurship at UC Davis and in the region. Teams of current and/or former UC Davis students compete for cash prizes, including a new $5,000 Blum Center award for innovative social or technological solutions that have a global reach and are aimed at combating poverty.
Dec 04, 2013 —
Cleveland Justis, an accomplished organizational leader with more than two decades of experience, has been named executive director of the University of California, Davis, Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He started this week.
Dec 03, 2013 —
Medical entomologists Gregory Lanzaro and Yoosook Lee are among the scientists who have developed a better understanding of gene flow between two subgroups of an African mosquito in a finding that could prove key to preventing the spread of malaria.
Dec 03, 2013 —
The opening of the new African Plant Breeding Academy, designed to improve the livelihood and health of Africa’s 600 million smallholder farmers and their families, was celebrated Monday in Nairobi, Kenya, by researchers from the University of California, Davis, and their global partners from the African Orphan Crops Consortium.