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Scholar Coffee Chat with TCNJ’s Marla Jaksch, Ph.D.

The College of Education’s (COE) Department of Leadership, Technology, and Human Development is hosting a Scholar Coffee Chat with Marla Jaksch, Ph.D. on Friday, March 24 at 1 p.m. in COE room 2135.

Jaksch, an assistant professor of women’s and gender studies at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), will present a 30-minute lecture entitled, “Global Action and Women in STEM: The Solar Suitcase Project.” A question and answer session will follow the presentation.

The Solar Suitcase Project is a transnational project that includes student service-learning and addresses the inclusion of women in community-based STEM initiatives. Jaksch and students in her Gender and Development in Tanzania class deliver and install solar suitcases to off-grid medical and health facilities in East Africa. In Tanzania and many developing nations, large numbers of women die during childbirth because they lack access to health clinics with reliable electricity.

The project provides both the installation of solar-based energy for better health services and collaboratively interacts with native women of Tanzania to teach them how to build and install the solar suitcases with local resources. The portable devices can be used for lighting, mobile communication devices and medical devices in low resource areas.

This event is sponsored by Georgia Southern’s Campus Life Enrichment Committee; Institute for Interdisciplinary STEM Education; and the Department of Leadership, Technology, and Human Development.

Scholar Coffee Chat with Marla Jacksch, Ph.D. is free and open to the campus community. For additional information, please contact Toby S. Jenkins at tjenkins@georgiasouthern.edu.

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