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Title: Launching an ESS Curriculum in Global Health and Sustainability: The LLU Experience So Far


1
Launching an ESS Curriculum in Global Health and
Sustainability The LLU Experience So Far…
  • Robert E. Ford, PI
  • ESSE21 Annual Meeting
  • Fairbanks, Alaska

2
Where in the world is LLU?
Loma Linda University
3
What in the world?
  • LLU founded in 1905
  • Health sciences campus
  • Health Care
  • Academics

4
What in the world?
  • LLU Health Care
  • LLU Medical Center teaching hospital
  • LLU Health Care Network
  • LLU 4 Hospitals Multiple health care
    facilities
  • Pioneer in pediatric organ transplantation
  • Proton accelerator cancer treatment
  • Ongoing collaboration with NASA theoretical
    research.
  • Venom ER Animal Planet channel.

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What in the world?
  • LLU Academics Schools of gt
  • Science Technology - Nursing
  • Public Health - Graduate
  • Medicine
  • Allied Health Professions
  • Dentistry
  • Pharmacy
  • Degrees
  • Undergraduate BS, BSPH
  • Masters MA, MS, MPH
  • Doctoral degrees PhD, MD, DDS, DrPH, DrPsy,
    DPharm

6
Loma Linda Universitys Global Outreach
  • Student body
  • Over half are international and minority
    students
  • International vocation
  • Outreach in many countries around the world
  • E.g., reconstruction of health care
    infrastructure in Afghanistan.
  • LLU academic extension programs in several
    countries
  • Chile - Peru - Kenya - Ukraine
  • Peace Corps Training Program Environmental and
    Global Health
  • Many faculty conduct collaborative research
    abroad

7
Our ESS focus… Science and Technology for
Sustainable Development
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Burkina Faso 1975-77 1993
China, Japan, Thailand….
HAITI / DR 1972 - 2001
Marshall Islands
Ghana Gabon Mali Malawi S. Africa Eritrea
RWANDA KENYA 1983-1993, 2001-2
Utah
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Stephen Dunbar, Marine Biology, Biodiversity.
10
Ron Carter Dean, SST
Conservation and Molecular Biology Caribbean
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  • Sam Soret is from Spain
  • Seth Wiafe is from Ghana
  • Both have extensive
  • experience abroad
  • and in the US

12
Development of Geoinformatics and ESS at LLU
  • 2001 2003 2004 2005
  • BSPH HG
  • HG Unit
  • Cert. HG
  • HG Lab
  • BS ESS

13
Development of Geoinformatics and ESS at LLU
  • The laboratory provides state-of-the-art
    facilities to support teaching, research, and
    practice activities relating to geographic
    information systems and allied technologies.

14
Geoinformatics Lab/SPH SST Training
Research
2004-2005 added and approved new courses (many
web-resources online) Taught for first time
2004-5 Core courses ESSC 401- 402 - Earth
Systems and Global Change I, II ESSC 541-
542 - Remote Sensing and Systems Modeling
ESSC 575 - Field Practicum Applied Earth
System Science BIOL 549 - Biodiversity and
Conservation SPOL 554 - Environment, Equity,
Economics, and Development Policy SPOL 665 -
Information Technology and Decision Sciences
SPOL 624 - Nature/Society Thought and Social
Policy
WORKING with PARTNERS such as
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  • Cal State University San Bernardio, Water,
    Resources Institute
  • UCR (Univ. Of California) Fire Research Lab
  • JPL Jet Propulsion Lab-NASA
  • ECOCAST NASA/Ames West Nile Virus (starting)
    Sam Soret Forest Melton

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2005-6 Plans
  • September 2005 Start new double-major MPH/MIP
    (Global Health and GIS) with Peace Corps
  • September 2005 submit ESS undergrad major to
    board for final clearance (already approved at
    school level)
  • January August, 2006 advertisement and
    marketing for new B.S. in ESS…
  • September 2006 Start new degree (target 10-15
    students per year) 2007 offer degree via
    distance education and summer program.

17
Overview of ESS Curriculum
  • General Studies (40-52 credits) Pre-LLU (other
    colleges)
  • Cognate Science and Math pre-LLU (44-56
    credits)
  • Biology,
  • Chemistry,
  • Physics,
  • Math and Calculus
  • General Statistics
  • CORE Earth System Science Sequence - LLU /
    3rd-4th Year (24 credits)
  • ESSC 401-2 Earth Systems and Global Change 8
    credits
  • ESSC 441-41 Remote Sensing Systems Modeling 8
    credits
  • ESSC 475 Field Practicum in Applied ESS - 4
    credits
  • Senior Capstone Project and Seminar - 4 credits
  • Concentration Area and Electives LLU (26 -30
    credits)
  • Environmental Geology
  • Conservation Biology
  • Biodata Management
  • Health Geoinformatics
  • Sustainable Development
  • Other Required Cognates- LLU (34 credits)

18
Other Research, Outreach, and Training Results in
ESS - 2005
  • Dine College, Navajo Tribal College (Shiprock NM)
    local faculty member trained at LLU and one LLU
    grad student in GIS/RS now working with them as
    we speak!
  • UNAH (Honduras) National Universitys new
    GIS/RS Masters degree with LLU grad student
    and faculty collaboration (ESRI, Inc. donated lab
    kit, etc.)- one grad student doing summer
    internship with ESRI.
  • SAVE Program (NGS/GWU, CI) REHDES
    (NGO/Protected area network research and
    student learning partnership (three LLU grad
    students).
  • Belize (Earthwatch Sirenian Group) manatee
    research - one LLU grad student.
  • Mini-Workshop in STELLA with John Snow (OU)
    7-10 staff and students trained (from LLU
    University of Redlands).
  • ERDAS/IDRISI and other training (Atlanta/Denver)
    4 students and faculty
  • Remote Sensing course launched guest (Tim
    Foresman), ICRSE Univ. Maryland.
  • Starting collaborative project with UNAH/UCLA/LLU
    epilepsy and spatial epidemiology and genetic
    anthropology research (LLU Neuropsychiatric
    Institute UNAH Medical School)

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Many changes are affecting the region and need
to be documented and mitigated…
Increasing gap between Rich Poor urbanization,
declining agriculture…
Stress on Natural Capital, e.g. wetlands, reefs,
forest biodiversity loss, e.g. Manatees, birds,
iguanas…
1975
Socio-economic changes, e.g. tourism,
fisheries, trade embargoes, ethnic/demographic
conflict, drugs, crime, sewage, health, land
conflict, disease risk....
West Bay, Roatan
2004
21
Six Students on Honduras Project U.S., Latin
America, Europe
  • Eddie McField Honduras Social Policy
  • Daniel Gonzalez Mexico Marine Biology
  • Marie-Lys Bacchus France Marine Biology
  • Tom Rossi, U.S. Social Policy
  • Not shown
  • Lee Greer, Molecular biology
  • Wendy Billock, marine Biology

22
Cuero y Salado
Marie-Lys Daniel Gonzalez unearthing dead
manatee
Posters Training for Env. Educ. Science
outreach
23
MAPAS DIVERSAS DE MESOAMERICA AREAS PROTEGIDAS Y
CORREDORES BIOLOGICOS
24
Perspectivas Geográficas en Imágenes y Mapas
Región Centroamericana
Contactt Robert E. Ford Tel.
909-558-7507 Email rford_at_llu.edu or
rford_at_igc.org
Cuero y salado
Biomasa acuático y terrestre Centroamérica
Meso América Satélite SEAWIFS
Fuegos Mesoamericanos
25
Lago de Boca Cerrada
January 1999 LANDSAT
Cuero y Salado
Barra Rio Salado
Barra Rio Cuero
Bosque Latifoliado
La Union
African Palm Proccesing Plant
Tripoli
San Francisco
26
IKONOS - December 3, 2003
27
Some NGO University Partners in Honduras
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ESSE21 is invited to become a founding member

For more information go to
http//www.letsgohonduras.com/save_eng/home_eng.ht
ml
29
New project starting Roatan, Bay Islands
Steve Dunbar (CO-PI) Wendy Billock (Ph.D
Biology student) Starting marine invertebrate
biodiversity survey with USAID Mira project -
September 2005 Roatan, Bay Islands
30
DISCUSSION Opportunities for ESSE21
  • Opportunities for collaboration with the SAVE
    Institute for all ESSE schools see poster!
  • World Federation of Neurology project Epilepsy
  • New collaboration under-way with GSLB (Great Salt
    Lake Basin Hydrologic Observatory) possible
    NSF-funding w/USU, UT-GSA, CUAHSI, etc.

31
PRIZED RESOURCES Current and Planned…. DATASET
Development (local-level SDI spatial data
infrastructure) Developing datasets, imagery
collection, and other learning resources With
partners in Honduras GO TO WEBSITE Module
preparation on COASTAL ZONE MANAGEMENT case
materials HONDURAS (more later)
TANZANIA (with URI/CRC Redlands Institute)
ESRI- ArcIMS portal first stage just
completed last week for Tanzania
with student from UR/MS_GIS program Online
LULC Change Module (updated from NSF/VGD
Project) California West Nile Virus database
with NASA/Ames (Forest Melton)
IKONOS - December 3, 2003
32
http//resweb.llu.edu/rford/docs/VGD/LUCC/
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Vedast Makota, NEMC (Nat. Env. Mngt. Council) and
the Vice-Presidents Office
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Special session at GSA Salt lake City
October 16-19, 2005 "The Hydrosystem of the
Great Salt Lake Basin New Frontiers for
Observing and Modeling Human-impacted
Hydrologic, Climatic, and Geomorphologic
Processes". This session is intended to
stimulate interest in observing hydrologic,
geomorphologic and geologic processes in the
Great Salt Lake Basin as a microcosm for
understanding hydro-systems of the Modern
West. Ford Presentation Planned THE GSLB AS A
CRITICAL EARTH SYSTEM LABORATORY IN THE UN
DECADE OF EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
SHOULD GSLB AND ESSE21 BECOME PARTNERS? What
do you think?
37
Robert Fords Personal Links to Central America
Frisco 1949
Near La Ceiba
Trip thru Peten 1930s
Guanaja - 1957
38
World Federation of Neurology Project UCLA, LLU
and UNAH
39
Attracting researchers, academics and
Geo-tourists is part of the IHTs SAVE Strategy
to promote Scientific, Academic, Volunteer and
Educational travel to Honduras. IHT Honduran
Institute of Tourism
  • SAVE Institute and SAVE Center
  • The Honduras Institute of Tourism (IHT) seeks
    partners in the founding of the
  • SAVE Institute (SI). The SAVE Institute, an
    international, non-profit organization,
  • will manage two major programs
  • Tropical Research and Academics Program will
    focus biodiversity research on important
    conservation goals and establish Honduras as an
    international classroom for the study of
    tropical biodiversity
  • The Tropical Naturalist Program will create
    opportunities for Geo-tourism in Honduras.
    Geo-tourism represents a new trend in
    international tourism marketing, improving and
    expanding the eco-tourism mission of nature
    conservation. Geo-tourists are concerned with
    preserving a destinations geographic character
    the entire combination of natural and human
    attributes that make one place distinct from
    another.

Source The SAVE Strategy, IHT, Honduras. 2005
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Some Current Partners in SAVE
  • NGS (National Geographic Society) Sustainable
    Tourism Program
  • CI (Counterpart International)
  • GWU (George Washington University) Tourism
    Hospitality Mngt.
  • IHT (Institute of Tourism of Honduras) and a
    network of local NGOS, universities, government
    agencies and corporate partners in Honduras.
  • UNAH
  • UNITEC
  • Zamorano (Panamerican Agricultural Institute)
  • COHDEFOR
  • FHIA
  • REHDES network of protected-areas in northern
    Honduras
  • ICRSE (International Center for Remote Sensing
    Education)
  • Earth Parks Foundation
  • LLU-SST (Loma Linda University, School of Science
    and Technology)
  • NASA-SERVIR Project - Mesoamerica

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SHOULD SAVE AND ESSE21 BECOME PARTNERS? What do
you think?

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Thank you… Q A ?
CONTACT Info

Email rford_at_llu.edu
Tel.
909-558-7507 http//resweb.llu.edu/rfor
d/ESSE21/
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