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Life Lessons

Life Lessons Learned: Research with ICAP in Swaziland

by Loxley Bennett, 2015 ICAP Swaziland HIV/AIDS Research Fellow, Columbia University Neuroscience & Behavior ’15. This post was published in collaboration with ICAP.   Going into the summer with ICAP, I expected to learn about global health and the tools used to conduct medical research, but that hardly describes my summer in Swaziland. These experiences…

Behind the Alphabet Soup: Addressing Swaziland’s Number One Killer

I have to warn you, there are a lot of acronyms in this post. I could probably string together a sentence composed of three-letter acronyms to describe it.  So here we go: Link4Health (L4H) is a combination strategy to approaching HIV treatment here in Swaziland. It’s a two-arm program, which means that people will be randomly…

10 Communication Tips from a Biostatistician

by Joshua Kriger, MS ’14, in the Biostatistics Theory and Methods Program The days are over when a statistician sits in a back room tabulating data. The statistician needs to be a questioner with a passion for the truth and an expert communicator dedicated to efficiency and clarity. During my time at Columbia, with the…

Immersion Experience: My Practicum with ICAP in Mozambique

by Jonathan Platt, MPH ’13 in Epidemiology When I arrived in Maputo, the capital city of Mozambique, in July 2012, I was immediately delivered to the doorstep of a colleague who had been gracious enough to offer her spare bedroom. Her house was filled with children fully engaged in a game involving balloons and screaming, as well as several women cooking dinner, tending to children, and chatting too rapidly for me to follow. Armed with the Portuguese capacity of a 2-year-old (that was my limit; I tried and failed to chat with 3-year-olds), I attempted to introduce myself to my…