Innovations in International Development

On Thursday I made a brief presentation on the work of D4D at the UF Innovations in International Development Symposium. What always impresses me is the range of work being done at UF—well beyond what I see on a daily basis. These are colleagues working all over the world who have amazing contributions to make. Highlights were a pesticide being tested that kills only one type of mosquito (malaria carrying) and is not harmful to people, animals, other insects, or the environment. I really enjoyed learning about low tech brick building from Esther Obonyo and how one problem they were addressing lead to this—another, unexpected challenge. Interestingly it is the technique of the mason that has a lot to do with the success of the building. Craft, craft, craft …

[divider scroll_text=””]

Innovations for International Development Symposium 2013

  • 9:00 am Introductions – Dr. David Sammons, Dean of the UF International Center
  • 9:10 am Keynote Speaker—Garrick Louis, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Systems Engineering, University of Virginia
  • 9:45 am Poster Review
  • 10:15 am Oral Presentations (listed at the end of program)
  • Facilitators: Dr. Sandra Russo, Director of Program Development, UF International Center and Dr. J. Glenn Morris, Director of UF Emerging Pathogens Institute
  • 11:30 am Working Together to Create a Better Tomorrow, Director David Day, UF Office of Technology and Licensing, Facilitator: Dr. J. Glenn Morris
  • Moving Forward—Dr. J. Glenn Morris, Q&A

Oral Presentations by Category:

Capacity Building

  • Strengthening feed production capacity in Tamale, Ghana by Basil Bactawar, M.Sc.
  • Body of Knowledge on Infrastructure Regulation by Sanford Berg, Ph.D.
  • The Interamerican Journal of Psychology: An Experiment of the University of Florida using Open Journal Systems by Edil Torres Rivera, Ph.D.


  • Evaluation of New Insecticides for Control of the Malaria Mosquito by Jeffrey Bloomquist, Ph.D.
  • Improving rice crop productivity under high temperature stress conditions by Aparna Krishnamurthy, Newton Kilasi and Bala Rathinasabapathi, Ph.D.
  • Challenges, Opportunities and Solutions in Low Tech Building Envelopes: A Case Study of Low Strength Masonry Systems by Esther Obonyo, D.Eng.

Technology Transfer & Other

  • Design for Development (D4D) by Maria Rogal, MFA and Gabriela Hernández, MFA
  • The Haiti Greenhouse Revolution by Brian Boman, Richard Fetherie and Florence Sergile
  • What, When, How Much and Where: New Computational Complexity Tools for Socio-Ecological Analysis and Design by Rafael Muñoz Carpena, Greg Kiker, Miguel Campo-Bescos and Matteo Convertino