Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Professor Ramaswami Author on IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report

Humphrey Professor Anu Rmaswami was a contributing author to the Fifth Assessment Report released by the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Ramaswami was lead author for Chapter 12, Human Settlements, Infrastructure and Spatial Planningof the report from Working Group III, which is responsible for evaluating options related to the mitigation of climate change by limiting, preventing, or removing greenhouse gas emissions.

CSTEP Co-hosts 2015 Broadband Conference

U.S. Senatory Amy Klobuchar

The Center for Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy recently co-hosted the event, Designing Your 21st Century Broadband Networks - Driving our Future!. The 2015 Broadband Conference was held on February 19. Aimed at the broadband community in Minnesota, the conference included panels on topics such as net neutrality, the role of the government in broadband coverage, and the future of broadband technologies.

Steve Kelley, Humphrey Senior Fellow and co-organizer of the event, moderated a panel on the wireless spectrum and first net. Noted speakers included former FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein and U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar. A full agenda from the event can be found here.

Humphrey Fellow Steve Kelley moderating a
panel on the Wireless Spectrum/First Net
Other event co-hosts included the Minnesota Telecom Alliance, the Minnesota Cable Communications Association, Minnesota Cellular Providers – AT&T/Verizon, and the Minnesota High Tech Association.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Humphrey Professor and Alumna Inolved with India's 2015 Vibrant Gujarat Summit

Humphrey Alumna, Ms. Mamta Verma, led the organization of this year's Vibrant Gujarat - a high profile summit held in India January 11-13, 2015. Positioned more like Vibrant India,Vibrant Gujarat was inaugurated by India's Prime Minister Modi and attended by delegates from around the world, including UN Secretary Ban Ki Moon, US Secretary of State John Kerry, CEO's from several Indian and US Global Companies, and knowledge experts from academia and non-profit sectors. According to Matma Verma, "Vibrant Gujarat widely known as Davos-like global business networking platform of the East, is a gateway to discuss and deliberate issues that challenge the world today. Vibrant Gujarat 2015 has surpassed its own humble beginning in 2003 as a preferred investment destination to a Global Networking Summit to ideate, innovate and inspire Global issues."

Mamta Verma, who was appointed as the Commissionaire of Industries of Gujarat immediately upon her return to India after her program in Minnesota, had to dive right into organizing this immensely successful event which is designed to attract business partnerships as well as exchange knowledge on thematic topics with with Indian and global experts. Mamta Verma, who is a senior official of the Indian Administrative Service, had taken a 1 year sabbatical to get her MPA degree at the Humphrey School as a Government of India Fellow (2013-2014).

One of the thematic topics on PM Modi's national agenda is the development of 100 Smart Cities all over India to rejuvenate the economy by leapfrogging smart infrastructure provisions in the key urban sector. This topic was one of five themes highlighted during Vibrant Gujarat with Industry/Infrastructure partnerships as well as knowledge partnerships to advance the concept. Humphrey Professor Anu Ramaswami spoke at the Smart Cities Seminar during Vibrant Gujarat and offered insights and ideas to develop smart cities in a way that can help sustain the environment and enhance the human well-being and livability of cities. As Director of a leading US research Program on Sustainable Cities knowledge exchange between the projects she leads and Gujarat can immensely impact the development of smart and sustainable cities not only in India, but also the world.
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