Tuesday, October 25, 2016

STEP Senior Fellow Steve Kelley and Former MN State Senator, Comments on Presidential Campaign

Steve Kelley, STEP Senior Fellow and former MN State Senator, commented on presidential campaigns' focus on rural voters and issues in the Fargo-Moorhead Forum. The candidates, said Kelley, "are focused on the emotions of the supporters and of the people who are still undecided." Read more here.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

STEP Students Attend the World Food Prize Dialog

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

STEP Students Present at 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: STEP Chair Anu Ramaswami serves on NSF Advisory Committee for ERE

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

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