#fellowsfriday: meet betsy asma.

Happy #FellowsFriday readers! This is our final #FellowsFriday for a bit, but we saved a great one for last! Meet Betsy Asma: Emily: Betsy, first of all — welcome! We’re so happy to have some new faces and minds on our team! Betsy: Thanks! I’m very happy to be here. Emily: Let’s start off with…

reflections from malawi: green = happy baby.

Hi guys!! It’s Mary Kate. I’ve finally made it to Malawi – working on two devices for two years in Houston has been exhausting and, at times, frustrating. It’s very exciting and surreal to finally come to Malawi and see them in action. When I first arrived, I felt very out of place in the…

#fellowsfriday: meet sonia sosa.

TGIF guys! To celebrate we have another new Global Health Fellows to introduce. Meet Sonia Sosa, a recent graduate of LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas with a degree in biomedical engineering.  Below is a glimpse into my initial conversation with her: Emily: Sonia! Welcome to our team! Let’s start off by talking a little bit…

#fellowsfriday: meet jack wang.

Readers! Besides our incredibly exciting 100andChange news (!!!), we wanted to update you on some of our new staff. We recently welcomed three new eager and talented Global Health Fellows, who work on testing and refining the devices our undergrads design into finished products, like the Pumani CPAP we’re all so proud of today.  So,…

working together to grow small ideas.

Our final blog for the 100&Change competition was just posted on the MacArthur Foundation’s site, but you can also check it out below! Thank you to everyone for being part of this journey with us — we’ll get back to you later next month with news about the finals! In our original 100&Change application we…

celebrating bilispec’s success.

For those who may not be familiar, every February an organization called Saving Lives at Birth (SL@B) puts out a call for proposals. They ask for projects that demonstrate “groundbreaking prevention and treatment approaches for pregnant women and newborns in poor, hard-to-reach communities around the time of delivery.” The organization typically receives anywhere between 500-700 applications…

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…