Day 2

TUESDAY, MAY 21, 2013


LOCATION:# Fletcher School Cabot Hall 7th floor & Deer Land


  • Introduce environmental informatics and visualization tools
  • Introduce One Health contextual content around water and sanitation


Participants will:

  • Reflect on the relation between environmental degradation, water, and health.
  • Identify the relevance of the environment/health relationship in their area of expertise.
  • Identify areas where they can use environmental informatics in research and teaching.
  • Reflect on the value of experiential learning and fieldwork.
  • Visit a modern sewage treatment plant and reflect on stages of treatment


8.30 AM-9.00 AM : BREAKFAST( at 7 th floor cabot hall)

9.00 AM-  9.55 AM:Environmental Informatics (Elena Naumova)

9.55 AM-10.15 AM: Library resources (Regina Raboin)

10.15 AM- 10.30 AM: COFFEE BREAK

10.30 AM- 11.00 AM:  Library resources (Regina Raboin)

11.00 AM-12.00 PM: Water Borne Diseases(David Gute)


1.30 PM- 4.00 PM:  Field Trip to Boston Sewage Treatment Plant.

 Please note: LOCATION # Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy- Tufts University (Cabot Hall 7th floor Room no:702): 160 Packard Ave, Medford, MA 02155

11 Responses to Day 2

  1. Endale Balcha says:

    Today’s session was great as it introduced the particiants to new concepts as environmental informatics and public health engineering.

    The Deer Island visit was absolutely great. I really appreciated the enthusissim and dedication of the guy who did the explanation.

  2. Awash Hailu Degefu says:

    The places that we visited today are really very fantastic. Personally the waste water treatment plant (Deer island) I visited is a great lesson for me, my country and the world at large how it is possible to avoid a great environmental pollution and waterborne diseases in a large human and population like Boston. It will also avoid risk of waterborne diseases in livestock, specifically in African country.
    The simulation technologies that are currently in use in teaching of students in Dental Medical School and Public health are simply very excellent and recommended for our home institution running similar program even if the establishment of such facility is very expensive.

  3. Maurice BYUKUSENGE says:

    Today’s agenda was fantastic!!!!

    In the morning session I was particularly touched by the presentation on Environmental Informatics. This is of a particular interest in my country where we face a challenge of data availability. Little is known about many aspects of this new concept of one health. Maybe the knew research tools like GIS and Remote sensing as well as interdisciplinary collaborations will be the best way to tackle this problem…

    The afternoon session was of a great experience for me. It makes one think to see how much investment can be put in the water treatment. I was also impressed by the teaching methods used in dental and medical schools of this University. It was very inspiring.

    I finally thank the organizers for the nice dinner. It was a great pleasure to taste for the first time some new delicacies, LOBSTER, SCALLOP, SQUID!!!!


  4. Fadjar Satrija says:

    This day is absolutely great. Water treatment facility in Deer Island demonstrates commitment of the society to minimize the impact of human activity on burden of nature which will actually imply on human health and welfare. Visit to Tuft Schools of Dentistry and Medicine inspire me on how we could actually should use more model as alternative teaching method in veterinary education. I am looking forward to see how PBL teaching method is applied in Tuft Veterinary School. Last but not least I am very grateful with the wonderful dinner we had last night….

  5. Gaspard Mahangaiko says:

    Water borne disease and engineering was interesting. My country is facing cholera even shistosomiasis in some areas. Simple engineering in public health can solve a lot of problems related to water borne disease

  6. Siti Khairani binti Bejo says:

    Library resources which presented by Regina Raboin is really useful especially in searching for information. This information is important for research and publishing our work.
    At the end of the lecture, then I understand the important of remote sensing & GIS in One Health.
    The most unforgettable is on field trip to Deer Island, then I really appreciated people who work to keep this world safe and minimized pollutions.
    Thank you for the fantastic dinner, I can’t forget deep fried lobster.

  7. Saengduen Moonsom says:

    Environmental Informatics is new for me but great. It inspired me including ecologist or bioinformatics person in my research team. I was Boston Sewage Treatment Plant and staffs there were amazed me. It is giant project and is unbelievable to serve for a big city like Boston.
    Thank for wonderful dinner from staffs of TUfts.

  8. A good day with interesting lessons. The application of informatics in public health is absolutely important. The vast learning resources available under the Tufts Library is impressive. I hope to make use of some of the identified search engines in accessing valuable research information. The trip to Deer Island was simply impressive. It seems to be a large investment that poor countries can hardly afford to make!


    Many lessons learn t of Day 2: Importance of the collaboration of the different departments/specialties in the same schools/faculties/universities. Tufts University is already far in interdisciplinary collaboration… Engineering school working together with Environment Institute and School of Public Health for engineering epidemiology…very unique.
    One of the weakness of African academic institutions is the poor interdisciplinary collaboration.
    Finally, the most impressing event was the field visit of Deer Island Treatment Plant: huge investments, huge financial means but worth for diseases prevention… No comments…

  10. Xuan says:

    It was great to learn how to search environmental informatics through different website and visit a lot of practical sites, including water treatment system in Dear Island (also see Ocean Sea!), clinical skills and simulation at school of medicine, school of dental medicine with simulation technology and patient demonstration. All host presenters were friendly, enthusiasm and high commitment in sharing information with us that I highly appreciate. Finally, we have a big dinner and have many funs with our classmates. It was great all day!
    During the morning, I have learnt from Dr. Hasim, Malaysia that his school is under Ministry of Higher Education, while MoH is charge of service and engineering. I also learnt during TUFTS university visits that there are many Department of Public Health across schools under TUFTS University. The environmental Health is usually taught by teachers come from school of engineering, not school of medicine. This is totally different to my country
    What I will apply after course: I will share information from practical sites with my colleagues and my students about how to teach clinical skills for graduate students and how to manage a water treatment system like Dear Island

  11. John Ssempebwa says:

    Excellent arrangement to include the field tour to the wastewater treatment facility.

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