This past week, the Mozilla Science Lab and fellows spent their final workweek before the close of their fellowships in Kenya. We dug into their fellowship program and wrap-up proceedings, met awesome people in our pan-african network, and gave some pretty cool guest lectures at co-working and research spaces throughout Nairobi. Here’s a brief run-down of what we were up to, and where we might go with the future fellows’ cohorts.
Places + Spaces
* Brackenhurst – a retreat center, tea plantation and expansive botanical garden outside Nairobi, where we co-worked with the fellows and Amel Ghouila, our community member and Study Group lead from Tunis
CHRISTIE – solicited feedback on Research Quantitative Methods (RQM), a generalized course and instructor manual on using, processing, and analyzing other people’s data in the spirit of open science as developed in her pilot Open Science and Reproducible Research (OSRR) course for Michigan State University. We reviewed her outline and instructor manual, and built a small template for the RQM course.
JASON – organized a workshop (https://github.com/jasonbobe/fellows-class-2015/blob/master/PMI-workshop-nairobi.md) on principles of the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) a project with support from the US President Barack Obama to establish guidelines for ethical and open data sharing, documentation, and transparency for biomedical research. We worked on translating the principles into human-readable terms and discussed how these principles might evolve to more informed consent procedures for research participants.
JOEY – outlined his remaining projects and prototypes and broke them down into features. He also designed a great rubric for evaluating engagement and participation in fellowship programs, totally extensible to mentorship or educational models as well.
RICHARD – welcomed us to Brackenhurst and Nairobi, helping with on-the-ground logistics and side-adventures; he connected with the contacts we visited in Nairobi and particularly with Amel and H3Abionet, the pan-African bioinformatics network on behalf of which he’s conducted bioinformatics trainings in Khartoum and Nairobi throughout his fellowship. These trainings inspired his work on the Command Line Bootcamp and subsequent collaboration with Joey to develop a Bootcamp for Geo.
People + Projects