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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Professor Ramaswai Participates in 2015 ICLEI World Congress


Professor Anu Ramaswami recently participated in the 2015 ICLEI World Congress. The theme of this year's Congress was, "Sustainable Solutions for an Urban Future." The event was held in Seoul, Republic of Korea, from April 8-12. Over 2,500 delegates from 249 local governments worldwide participated in the Congress.

Ramaswami was the keynote speaker at a training session hosted by the United National Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) aimed at building resilient and resource efficient cities.

ICLEI is a network of over 1,000 cities, towns, and metropolises around the world that are committed to a sustainable future. 

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Professor Elizabeth Wilson Receives Inaugural Andrew Carnegie Fellowship


Humphrey Professor Elizabeth Wilson has been selected as a 2015 Andrew Carnegie Fellow. Wilson is one of 32 members of the inaugural class of fellows who will each receive $200,000 to support their research. 

Professor Wilson's research focuses on energy systems and new technologies. Her project through the Carnegie Fellowship is titled "Nuclear Futures in a Windy World: A Comparative Analysis Balancing Energy Security, Climate Change, and Economic Development." Read more

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Deborah Swackhamer Appointed to Boards of NAS and EPA


The following is re-posted from Humphrey School News

Humphrey School Professor Deborah Swackhamer has been named chair of the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC). The BOSC reviews the quality of ongoing science being conducted at the EPA by providing advice and recommendations to the EPA’s Office of Research and Development. Swackhamer has also been appointed to the National Academies of Sciences (NAS) Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology (BEST), which organizes and oversees studies of environmental pollution problems affecting human health, human impacts on the environment, and the assessment and management of related risks to human health and the environment.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Student Receives Funding for Collaborative on Sustainable Energy Systems

Photo Credit: Patrick O'Leary
Humphrey PhD student Vivek Bhandari has been awarded funding from the Institute for Advanced Study for his proposal on "Implementation and the Policy Paradox: Conversations around Combined Heat and Power." The project is a collaboration with Tim Smith from the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences and Laura Babcock from the School of Public Health. 

Creating sustainable energy systems requires new technology, energy markets and regulatory frameworks. The University of Minnesota’s $96 million project to construct a state of the art Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant provides a unique opportunity for facilitating conversations and collaborations to this end. This collaborative will use the project as a focal point to facilitate multiple vital interdisciplinary conversations on energy and critical infrastructure. These conversations will link technical knowledge with policy, economics and practice.

Each year the Institute for Advanced Study provides small grants to research/creative collaborative groups that are designed to promote, "synergistic interdisciplinary activity difficult within departmental structures" across the University of Minnesota.



Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Humphrey Students Participate in 2015 Sustainability Symposium

Photo Credit: Patrick O'Leary
A number of Humphrey School students participated in this year's Sustainability Symposium held at UMN. The annual symposium, which is hosted by the Institute on the Environment, provides an opportunity for students from all disciplines to display their work and research related to sustainability.

Marta Monti (MPP) shared her research on institutional food waste while Tashi Gurung (MS-STEP) discussed the impact of campus community gardens. Vivek Bhandari (PhD) took home an award for Best Poster in the Art or Multimedia category for his video titled, "Myth-buster: Investigating myths about smart meters - a precursor to a sustainable power grid." The video was a collaboration between Bhandari, Sathish Jayaraman, Charlotte Woods, and Maria McClintock. 

For more information on the symposium, check out the event Storify

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

China: A Demographer's Dream

This week, we were pleased to host Professor Yu Xie from the University of Michigan as he presented on the China Family Panel Studies.  In addition to rapid population growth, China has also experienced incredible changes in the areas of educational attainment, migration, health and well-being in recent decades.  Dr. Xie sees this as a key time in China's history to document the changes from a mostly agrarian society to one of high urbanization.


Dr. Xie, along with other researchers in the U.S. and at Peking University in China, has undertaken the China Family Panel Studies (CFPS), a nationwide survey of individuals, families and communities.  This longitudinal survey is much more comprehensive than your average census and even includes interviews with children ages 9 and above.  The research gained from this survey will continue to document and shape a contemporary China as it continues to grow and change.  


Monday, April 13, 2015

Recognition for Delhi Air Pollution Studies

Navneet Baidwan (MPH)
Student Navneet Baidwan recently received two awards for her presentation at the 2015 Research Day at the School of Public Health. Baidwan received the Community Impact and Public Choice awards for her study, "Exploring the phenomenon of open burning of Municipal Solid Waste in three selected neighborhoods of Delhi." Her research explores the various infrastructural and socio-cultural factors that contribute to waste burning in three different Delhi neighborhoods. The study is a collaboration between the Humphrey School and the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota. 

Another Humphrey School study, which examines mortality and morbidity rates due to air pollution in Delhi between 1991 and 2010, was recently cited by the Huffington Post and the Times of India

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Institutional Food Waste and Composting at Humphrey

April 16, 2015
HHH 215 
12:30 - 1:30 pm

Marta Monti is a second year Master of Public Policy student that has spent her time at the Humphrey School studying and working on issues surrounding institutional food waste. In her research, she has explored food waste in the residential dining halls through a quantitative and qualitative study that has involved waste collection, categorization, and weighing, as well as interviews with students and staff. 

Additionally, through her work with the Humphrey Food Policy Collaborative, Marta and others have been working diligently to introduce organics recycling collection to the Humphrey building. Her talk will highlight her research findings, as well as discuss the steps involved with institutionalizing compost collection in the Humphrey building.


This event is a part of the STEP-FAR seminar series. The events are designed for students, staff, faculty, and fellows to get together in an informal setting to discuss their projects, research-in-progress, opportunities, and a variety of other issues related to science, technology, environment, energy, and policy. It is a bi-weekly seminar taking place throughout the academic year. Learn more about STEP-FAR.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

China Family Panel Studies: Introduction and Preliminary Findings

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

8:00 - 9:00 am
Reception in the Atrium

9:00 - 10:00 am
Presentation in Cowles Auditorium

The Center for Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy invites you to join us on April 14 at the Humphrey School for a conversation with Professor Yu Xie from the University of Michigan.

Professor Xie will provide an introduction to the China Family Panel Studies (CFPS) survey, as well as preliminary findings from the survey on income inequality, poverty, marriage and cohabitation, and child development.

The CFPS is a nearly nationwide, comprehensive, longitudinal social survey that is intended to serve the research needs on a large variety of social phenomena in contemporary China. Extensive information is collected through computer-assisted person-to-person interviews of all family members. The CFPS promises to provide to the academic community the most comprehensive and highest – quality survey data on contemporary China.

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy, the Minnesota Population Center, and the National Science Foundation.



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