Happy New Year! This issue includes details about our first ever TIDES Meetup
in San Diego, an announcement about our 2013 TIDES interns and a feature on the STAR-TIDES Network's response to humanitarian aid in Old Fangak, Sudan.
TIDES Meetup and AFCEA West in San Diego!
Join us on January 30th for our first ever TIDES Meetup at Jolt'n Joe's in San Diego, CA. All are welcome -- to attend, to meet others, and to present their work in an informal setting. Click here for details.
While in San Diego, we are also exhibiting at AFCEA West from 29-31 January. AFCEA West is free and open to the public, so feel free to stop by the TIDES booth (#604) to learn more about low-cost sustainable technologies that support the joint warfighter. Hope to see you there!
Welcome Spring 2013 TIDES Interns!
We are pleased to welcome our 2013 spring interns, Andrew, Joel, Mylinda and Sasha. Andrew is a graduate student at George Washington University, Joel recently completed his graduate degree from St. Mary's University, Mylinda is a PhD candidate at West Virginia University and Sasha is an undergraduate at Boston University. These four interns will be the face of TIDES, at various events, conferences, and workshops. Please join us in welcoming them to the TIDES team!
STAR-TIDES Network helps Clinic in Old Fangak
This month, the TIDES team received a great opportunity to provide reachback knowledge support to the Alaska Sudan Medical Project (ASMP), a small team of volunteers working in Old Fangak, South Sudan. In December, ASMP's medical clinic burned down and the group lost a year's supply of medical equipment along with solar panels, which served as an alternate energy source for the facility. American environmentalist and TIDES Ethical Advisor, John Francis, contacted us to see if anyone within the STAR-TIDES network could help out the group. Members of the STAR-TIDES network were quick to respond with solutions and support. Samaritans Purse, an international relief organization, offered to donate and deliver medical supplies to ASMP, since they also worked in the area. Meanwhile, another TIDES network member, Solar Stick, donated customized solar equipment for the group. United States Africa Command was also instrumental in helping us think through logistics and transportation since the clinic was located in a very remote region of Sudan. Ultimately, DHL Global transported the solar equipment free of charge. Overall, this effort highlights the importance of partnerships and the value of reach-back support. We would like to thank the entire STAR-TIDES Network and representatives from National Geographic, Samaritans Purse, Solar Stik, DHL Global, and USAFRICOM for supporting this effort.
For more about this story please read, "From Alaska With Love: Aid Helps African Clinic Recover From Fire" in National Geographic.