Daily Archives: March 4, 2014

Lunch and Learn Recap: Elena Naumova, Environmental Indicators of Enteric Infections and Water Safety in Southern India

Elena Naumova, director of the Tufts Initiative for the Forecasting and Modeling of Infectious Diseases (InForMid) and Associate Dean for Research at the Tufts School of Engineering, spoke last week as part of the Tufts Environmental Studies and Tufts Institute of the Environment Lunch and Learn program. Her presentation on the Environmental Indicators of Enteric Infections and Water Safety in Southern India covered student research projects sponsored through a collaboration between the Tufts School of Engineering and Christian Medical College in Vellore, India.

 A mathematician by training, Naumova emphasized the importance of translating data into usable information that allows for action and policy.

Naumova began by laying out the importance of preventing waterborne diseases. Globally, there are 4 billion cases of diarrhea annually, 2.2 million of which lead to death. Of those 2.2 million, 80% of the deaths are among infants. Unsafe water is a large factor in these diseases.

Modern mathematical tools allow for an understanding of waterborne outbreaks in “temporal and spatial patterns”, Naumova said. “Practically all waterborne diseases exhibit strong seasonal patterns distinct for a specific pathogen in a given population [and] locality”, in a phenomenon known

as seasonality. An example familiar to New England residents, of course, would be the peaks of flu that occur in the winter. “Variability in seasonal characteristics can provide clues on important factors influencing disease occurrence, exposure, [and] spread.” These environmental factors, when they are within human control, could be a key to disease prevention. Climate change, however, will affect our ability to use these seasonal indicators as the patterns we have come to recognize begin to shift radically.

Naumova further presented statistics on the seasonality of cryptosporidiosis in the United States and the United Kingdom, salmonellosis in the United Status, and rotavirus in India.

She then laid out two studies conducted by some of her students, Dr. Stefan Collinet-Adler, Andrea Brown, Alexandra Kulinkina, and Negin Ashoori. Both studies examined the transmission of infectious diarrhea in 300 urban and rural households in the Vellore district of Tamil Nadu, India. The first study focused on the role of flies, which can carry pathogens such as norovirus, salmonella, and rotavirus. In the tests conducted, 72% of the flies tested positive for potential human pathogens. The second study used GIS to map ground water quality and distribution systems in Vellore.

Naumova here noted the importance of recognizing the difference between water quality and quantity: the focus of these studies was on quality, for lack of water leads to other severe problems but obviously cannot cause waterborne diseases.

Elena said she is always looking for students who are interested in going abroad and conducting research and will do whatever she can to make that possible!

Program Coordinator, Center for Sustainability, Furman University (SC)

The mission of the Furman University David E. Shi Center for Sustainability is to promote interdisciplinary research and teaching in support of sustainability on campus and in the greater community. The Program Coordinator oversees the Center’s student, faculty, and community programs and seeks out partnerships for research and development opportunities as part of the Center’s strategic vision. The position serves as the primary point of contact for Center student co-curricular programs.

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Sustainability Specialist, Oakton Community College (Illinois)

Oakton Community College was established in 1969 and is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and the North Central Association. The College is recognized by the Illinois Community College Board and is a member of the American Association of Community Colleges, as well as numerous professional organizations.

Located seventeen miles from downtown Chicago, Oakton serves northern Cook County with campuses in Des Plaines and Skokie, Illinois.

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Program Manager, Experience Int’l (Everson, WA)

A challenging, rewarding, full-time salaried position is available with Experience International, a non-profit educational organization based in Everson, Washington. In addition to other programs, EI is designated by the US State Department as a J-1 Exchange Visitor-Trainee Program and brings qualified foreign nationals to the United States for up to 18 months of practical training & work-experience in the fields of agriculture, forestry, fisheries, and natural resource management and conservation. Please email cover letter, resume, salary requirements, and references to Director at: ei@expint.org. Learn more.

Programmes Officer, Int’l Water Association (Mexico)

DEADLINE: March 5, 2014

The International Water Association is recruiting a full-time programs officer to be part of its programs team supporting the development, implementation and dissemination of various projects. The programs officer will support the thematic program: Water, Climate and Energy, with a particular emphasis on a new project working towards achieving carbon neutral water and wastewater utilities, as well as the wider urban water cycle. Furthermore, the incumbent will also provide support to projects and activities related to the utility member segment of IWA. To Apply: To be considered for this position, please submit your resume, cover letter and two references to: recruitment@iwahq.org before March 5th, 2014. Learn more.

Conservation Program Associate, The Helmsley Charitable Trust (NYC)

The Program Associate will work closely with the other members of the Conservation Program team to develop and manage a grants program of $15 million+ annually. The Program Associate will help manage all administrative components of the grantmaking process, especially tasks associated with managing grant lifecycles; tracking program budget and periodically reconciling it with parallel systems; ensuring accurate payment and accounting of grants; helping to plan and execute complex program-related meetings and travel; and maintaining positive and proactive communication with grantees The position is based at the Trust’s main office in New York City. Send résumé (in Word or PDF format), salary history, cover letter, and a one-page writing sample to jobs@helmsleytrust.org 

The writing sample must be an actual document you prepared in a professional context. Include “Conservation Program Associate” in the subject line. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Transit Analyst, Jarrett Walker and Associates (Portland, OR)

GIS analysis, map -making, and creating visual explanations are integral to nearly all of our work. Quantitative analysis, typically using Excel, is also important. We are seeking a talented and creative person to join our team as an Analyst at the Junior Associate level, to help us deliver great work to clients while continuing to innovate in our approach. Learn more.

Food Hub Coordinator, New Entry Sustainable Farming Project (Boston, MA)

Organize planning and logistics for operation of multi-farmer Food Hub, including a 450-share Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, providing fresh, locally-grown produce to customers around the Merrimack Valley and Boston area. Plan multiple strategies and provide logistical operations for providing over $30K of produce to low-income residents around the Boston area. Learn more.

Energy Coorinator/Planner, Metropolitan Area Planning Council (Boston, MA)

The regional planning agency for Metro Boston, seeks an Energy Coordinator/Energy Planner to help achieve MAPC’s local and regional clean energy goals. This is an opportunity to work in a dynamic, inter-disciplinary, and innovative environment to build a more sustainable and equitable future for metropolitan Boston. The Coordinator/Planner will work closely with other staff at MAPC, state agencies, local officials, community groups, businesses, and institutions to promote clean energy efforts in Metro Boston. Learn more.

Vermont Farm Viability Project Summer Internship

 

The Vermont Farm Viability Program, a program of the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, provides business planning to Vermont farmers in order to enhance the long-term economic viability of Vermont agriculture.

The Vermont Farm Viability Program is seeking a summer intern to conduct research and outreach, as well as other projects as they arise. Work would involve a combination of travel to farms and office. For more information, please contact Liz Gleason, Program Coordinator, at 802-828-3370 or liz@vhcb.org .