Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Dana Boyer attended the World Food Prize Borlaug Dialog and Laureate Ceremony this past week in Des Moines, Iowa. The World Food Prize, is awarded annually to an individual or individuals responsible for significant contribution to the global food system. Boyer had the opportunity to attend as a Borlaug Summer Institute Fellow. She and five teammates were awarded the trip by coming in first place in a USAID proposal competition at the Summer Institute for their project to address Vitamin A deficiency in Ethiopia by way of incorporating ghee into school feeding programs.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

FEASt Symposium

Dana Boyer and Peter Nixon of Dr. Anu Ramaswami’s food research cohort both presented posters at the FEASt Symposium. This symposium hosted by the University of Minnesota brought together diverse researchers from a number of universities to highlight current agricultural research and discuss visions of future agricultural systems. Keynote speaker, Raj Patel, prominent food activist and best-selling author of Stuffed and Starved, presented on the historical effects of the division of common resources and the effects of gender equality on agricultural production. Dana Boyer presented her work with the Food-Energy-Water Nexus of Delhi and potential tactics for reducing water and energy consumption in Delhi’s food system. Peter Nixon presented on his work with utilizing county-level food, energy, and water metrics to identify water-vulnerable areas of high food and energy production in the United States and co-presented a second poster with Gianna Short and Joesph Nowak as members of the Data Harvest, an interdisciplinary research collaboration of graduate students from different fields. The Data Harvest presented preliminary results from a comprehensive survey of 12 farmers markets across the Twin Cities.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

STEP News: Center for STEP Chair Anu Ramaswami serves on National Science Foundation's Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education, and discusses Sustainable Urban Systems.

More on the AC ERE on link below.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016


Professor Clint Andrews, Rutgers University on Urban Density: Benefits & Cost

October 3, Monday at 12:00 PM Noon CT (US)

Join via WebEx, HHH 170

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

From PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America): "Making Technological Innovation Work for Sustainable Development" by Laura Diaz Anadona, Gabriel Chanc, Alicia G. Harleya, Kira Matusb, Suerie Moona, Sharmila L. Murthye, and William C. Clarka

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New Publication out on Nature: Energy "The pressing energy innovation challenge of the US National Labs." by Laura Diaz Anadon, Gabriel Chan, Amitai Y. Bin-Nun & Venkatesh Narayanamurti

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Monday, August 15, 2016

"Ramaswami et al., 2016, Exploring social and infrastructural factors affecting open burning of municipal solid waste (MSW) in Indian cities: A comparative case study of three neighborhoods of Delhi" Appeared in Waste Management Research

In this study we have uncovered social and infrastructural factors that affect MSW-burning at the neighborhood level in Delhi. We couple physical assessments of the infrastructure provision and the MSW-burning incidences in three different neighborhoods of varying socio-economic status in Delhi, with an accompanying study of the social actors (interviews of waste handlers and households) to explore the extent to which, and potential reasons why, MSW-burning occurs. 

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