reflections from malawi: prototyping at the polytechnic

Readers! Matt is back on the blogging front, gracing us with his unique insights into life at the Polytechnic Design Studio. Last week, the studio opened its doors to any and all interested in learning prototyping software. Here are his reflections… Here at the Poly, the diploma students are getting close to graduation and are…

raising a glass to the ex-pats.

Good afternoon readers — It’s Emily with another blogpost — this time about some of our employees. Since starting this job, I’ve been fascinated by the idea of “the faces behind Rice 360°”. We work so hard to spotlight the technologies, the students, the mothers, the babies — all of which are very important —…

innovation defined. 

As an arts and humanities major in college — and in life — I’ve found myself a bit lost at points while working for Rice 360°.  I’m confident I can win an argument, write a poem, read a piece of music, and maybe even pull off a decent painting if I tried; but, trying to…

the cracks in my armor.

“You’re just a tourist inside someone else’s suffering until you can’t get it out of your head; until you take it home with you — across a freeway, or a country, or an ocean.” – Leslie Jamison After many months of seeing Queen Elizabeth Hospital in photographs and trying to convey to our primarily American audience…

advice for future global healthers.

Hi 360° readers! I’m back with another post about the few things I’ve realized in my short time exploring the field of global health, some I somewhat expected and others that took me by surprise.  1.   There is no immediate gratification in global health; studying global health issues and finding solutions requires relentless pursuit. It…

the hopeful side of maybe. 

As strange as it sounds, Malawi looks like my North Carolinian college town in early fall when the days are still warm. Leaves fall, golden yellow and brown from some of the trees, dancing at the wind’s whim. Puffs of dust dance alongside, leaving everything with a fresh sprinkling of rich, red earth, particularly my…

air time is found time. 

Good evening readers – After a pretty long hiatus, the blog is up and running again. In fact, this makes two posts in one day! And, for a change, you’ll be hearing from me – Emily – the communications director for Rice 360°. I’ve put very little of my voice up here because I’m new…

the other side of universal healthcare.

Good morning blog readers — We thought it was about time for another guest blogger. Meet Shravya Kakulamarri, a rising sophomore from Redmond, WA majoring in Biochemistry and minoring in Global Health Technologies at Rice. This summer, she’s completing a Rice 360 internship in Barretos , Brazil.  Shravya has been a communications and marketing person’s…

to be human is to collaborate.

During the last several weeks, the NEST360° team has met with government and university officials across Malawi, Tanzania, and Nigeria to collect feedback on our proposal. These meetings have made me think of a proverb from my country: “kalikokha nkanyama, ali awiri ndi anthu,” meaning to be human is to work alongside and collaborate with…

NEST360° Facebook Live is coming…

Africa has the highest neonatal mortality rate in the world. But we don’t have to perpetuate the idea that African newborns are bound to die regardless of our intervention. With support from #100andChange, we can put this myth to rest. #NEST360 will generate continent-wide change within a decade, saving the lives of 500,000 newborns every year at a…

greater than the sum of its parts.

Today we have another post to share from our Global Health Fellow, Matthew. It’s a post we find particularly important in sharing with our readers because it paints the reality of what our Fellows and other team members face when they land in Malawi. While, at times, it may appear as simple as setting up…

graduation 2017: expand your tribe.

Rice 360° celebrated its 2017 class of graduates this past month! The occasion included a recognition ceremony for our incredible students: Caroline Brigham Elizabeth Godfrey Sarah Hooper Emily Johnson Anna Klineberg Catherine Levins Tahir Malik Radhika Mohan Anoosha Motoru Truce Pham Nikhil Shamapant Cassie Wang Renata Wettermann Two young 360° alums, Cindy Dinh ’11 and…