An act of kindness
SEEDING LABS FELLOW RECEIVES LAPTOP FROM EQUIPNET
Donated Laptop Given to Rita Dickson, Seeding Labs Fellow,
After Being Stolen During Travel
BOSTON, MA (AUGUST 5, 2011) – Rita Dickson had just begun the long journey to spend nine weeks in the U.S. as part of the Seeding Labs Fellows Program when her laptop was stolen while en route from Ghana to Boston, Massachusetts. Having lost access to files containing research data, information, and software, she anxiously awaited arriving in a city known for its leading laboratories and research facilities.
The Seeding Labs Fellows program brings qualified scientists from the developing world to the United States to conduct life-changing research. Equipment and other materials are necessary to carry out effective research, to track data, and to communicate with colleagues. Without access to a laptop, Rita faced a series of challenges such as the inability to download software essential to her research and the difficulty of continuing her work once back in Ghana. She expressed unsettling concerns regarding her stolen laptop, explaining the difficulty to “begin the academic year without access to equipment necessary for teaching and research.”
Upon receiving news about Rita’s situation, EquipNet, a leading provider of asset management services and solutions, recognized the difficulty of performing research without having the proper materials. In direct response, EquipNet immediately donated a laptop to Rita, which enabled her to continue her research here in Boston. During the Seeding Labs “Science and Development in Africa” Symposium last Thursday, Matt Smith of EquipNet presented the laptop to Fellow researcher, Ibok Oduro, on Rita’s behalf. At the event, he and colleague Dennis Higgins reiterated that they were happy to donate the laptop and react to the request so promptly. Rita expressed immense appreciation, saying she is “extremely grateful to Matt Smith and EquipNet for this kind gesture.” Now Rita may return to Ghana and continue her extensive researching using the equipment provided by a local, philanthropic provider.
EquipNet Inc. is the world’s leading provider of proactive asset management services and solutions for large and small corporations in the pharmaceutical, biotech, chemical, and consumer packaged goods industries. Our vision is to “revolutionize the way companies manage their surplus assets” through long-term partnerships. Our success derives from having passionate employees and a creative work environment dedicated to providing solutions and services satisfying to our customers.
About Seeding Labs
Seeding Labs is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting scientific research all over the globe. Our vision is to promote a truly global scientific community by helping scientists in the developing world conduct life-changing research by providing them with the resources they need but don’t have access to, including lab equipment and professional training. Through our programs, scientists and post-docs are able to cross borders and collaborate with key influencers in their fields and acquire new skills needed to be scientific leaders. Since 2003, Seeding Labs has rescued over 75,000 pounds and $1 million in equipment, has provided hands-on scientific education to over 4,000 students in 17 countries, and has witnessed 125 articles, 1 patent, and 1 medical diagnostic being developed by labs in partnership with Seeing Labs.
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