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February 2015
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(ENVS Lunch & Learn) Flooding risk and the modernization of agriculture

February 26 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Rabb Room, Lincoln Filene Center

Tweet Approximately 30% of the cultivated rice area in India is prone to crop damage from prolonged flooding. Dr. Emerick will discuss a two-year study in rural Odisha India investigating the effects of introducing a new flood-tolerant rice variety on farm investment. He will discuss the effects on both farm productivity and farmer decision-making. Kyle Emerick received his PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from UC Berkeley in 2014. His research is in development economics — with a particular focus on…

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(ENVS Lunch & Learn) Bioethics in the 30th century: ecology, eschatology and empire in Hayao Miyazaki’s Nausicaa manga

February 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Rabb Room, Lincoln Filene Center

Tweet The Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki is widely considered to be the world’s greatest animator. His many films include the classic ecological science fiction movie, Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind, set in the 30th century in a post apocalyptic world where a toxic environment threatens what is left of humanity. Less well known but even more interesting is the seven volume manga version that Miyazaki finished long after the movie’s release. A dense and morally complex vision the Nausicaa manga explores dynamics…

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(ENVS Lunch & Learn) Using a One Health approach to respond to infectious disease outbreaks: USAID/RESPOND project in East and Central Africa

February 5 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Rabb Room, Lincoln Filene Center

Tweet The USAID RESPOND project was part of multi-year multi-project effort to pre-empt or combat at their source, the first stages of zoonotic diseases that pose a significant threat to human health. It focused on eight countries in Africa: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo and Gabon, areas considered “hot spots” for emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases. Dr. Amuguni will present an overview of the RESPOND project in the last 5 years and how it has…

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January 2015
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(ENVS Lunch & Learn) MIT’s Climate CoLab: using collective intelligence to address climate change

January 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Rabb Room, Lincoln Filene Center

Tweet Wikipedia, Linux, reCAPTCHA, FoldIt, social media — these are just a few examples of how online platforms allow large numbers of people to connect and collaborate in ways that were never possible before, producing unprecedented results in global knowledge exchange, problem-solving and mobilization. Inspired by this, the researchers at the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence wanted to know: how could the internet be leveraged to allow people to problem-solve at a massive — even global — scale? Could we…

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(ENVS Lunch & Learn) Investing in sustainable well-being

January 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Rabb Room, Lincoln Filene Center

Tweet We have entered the 21st century in a perfect storm of global challenges encompassing unprecedented wealth inequality and environmental degradation. Concurrently, we are living at a unique time in history with enormous opportunities to create solutions afforded by rapid innovations in technology, business and investment that includes a growing movement of impact investors and social entrepreneurs forging new business models and solutions that ‘do well by doing good.’ In this talk, Shaun Paul will share some of his research…

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(ENVS Lunch & Learn) Witness Tree: What one oak tells us about our changing world and relationship with nature

January 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Lincoln Filene Center, Rabb Room,
Medford,
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BTQURU 03 is a spectacular, 100 year old red oak: a tagged, tracked research specimen in a long term study of changing seasons at the Harvard Forest. Sprouted back when the industrial revolution was just getting started, the oak grew to tower over what was once a farmer’s field, abandoned as people left for jobs in factories and cities – beginning the transformation of our world. Here, in this tree, is a living timeline of those social and historical changes, and their environmental consequences, observable in my tree’s growth and even its breath.

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December 2014

Sustainable Development in Asia

December 5, 2014 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Cabot 703,
Tufts University Fletcher School, 160 Packard Avenue, Medford, MA United States
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Tweet The authors will discuss their recent book series examining sustainable development in six countries in Asia. RSVP here. More information.

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November 2014

Documentary Screening: Our Daily Bread

November 13, 2014 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Latin Way 250s

Tweet Maybe you’ve heard the stories, but have you ever looked industrial agriculture in the face? Well now is the time! The Green House is back with another flick in its sustainable film series: “Our Daily Bread,” which shows the stark realities of Europe’s mechanized food production and calls into question what ends up on our plates. (http://www.ourdailybread.at/jart/projects/utb/website.jart?rel=en&content-id=1130864824947) Come to the Latin Way 250s on Thursday, November 13th, 7:30-9:30pm for free (Danish) pastries, a movie, and discussion. We are honored…

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October 2014

Eco-Imaginaries: Tufts Graduate Humanities Conference

October 10, 2014 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Tweet The Tufts Graduate Humanities Conference Committee is pleased to share the following CFP for the fourth annual Tufts Graduate Humanities Conference, “Eco-Imaginaries”. The keynote will be delivered by Elizabeth DeLoughery, an associate professor of English and of the Institute for the Environment and Sustainability at the University of California, Los Angeles. We welcome papers from all disciplines and fields whose work participates in emergent conversations about the environment in the humanities. Please send your abstract of no more than…

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June 2014

Mass. Water Resources Conference

June 18, 2014 - June 20, 2014

Tweet The Mass. Water Resources Research Center is collaborating with UCOWR, NIWR, and CUAHSI to organize a three-day conference at Tufts University on the theme of Water Systems, Science, and Society under Global Change. We are in charge of a track on Evolving Roles of Blue, Green, and Grey Water in Agricultural Water Security and Resilience under Uncertainty. We are particularly interested in the on-the-ground work of extension with farmers/landowners in the US. Please see the conference website.

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