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Texas A&M: Appiah Finalist in Global Science Engagement Competition

Dr. Bernard Appiah, assistant professor and director of the Program on Public and International Engagement for Health at the Texas A&M School of Public Health, has been selected as one of 20 worldwide engagement scholars and practitioners for a competition in Germany to select the 2019 Falling Walls Science Engagement of the Year. Dr. Appiah will present his project “Children against antimicrobial resistance: an engagement project in Ghana” on Nov. 8 in Berlin. His project was selected among 81 applications from over 40 countries.

The focus of Dr. Appiah’s presentation is on how school children of ages 12-15 years in Ghana used storytelling, picture drawing and animation as engagement approaches for influencing knowledge, attitudes and beliefs about antibiotic use and antimicrobial resistance of their peers and parents. The two-year project, which ended in April this year was funded by the Wellcome Trust.

“The project’s results indicate that whereas both picture-drawing and storytelling improved children’s knowledge, attitudes and beliefs regarding antibiotic use and antimicrobial resistance, picture-drawing had greater effects,” said Dr. Appiah. “Surprisingly, a 3-minute animation that was created from the children’s top five stories and five pictures had greater impact on parents of the children in the storytelling school than those in the picture drawing school.”

The competition known as Falling Walls Engage, is an international platform for science engagement, hosted by the Germany-based Falling Walls Foundation in cooperation with Robert Bosch Stiftung. The program seeks to highlight the scientific community’s responsibility for the common good and spread scientific literacy.

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