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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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February 2015
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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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(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) 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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March 2015
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(ENVS Lunch & Learn) The African elephant poaching crisis

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

Tweet Ms. St. Clair Knobloch will discuss the poaching crisis facing African elephants – the direct causes and the indirect circumstances that worsen it — and the potential solutions. She has been particularly focused on the fate of the now critically endangered African forest elephant, on U.S. foreign policy goals in the region the forest elephants inhabit, and on how those goals are disrupted by the ivory trade. Nicole St. Clair Knobloch worked on climate policy, communications, and strategy for Ceres,…

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(ENVS Lunch & Learn) Air quality in developing world disaster and conflict zones: the case of Haiti

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

Tweet Data on air quality are remarkably limited in the poorest of the world’s countries. This is especially true for post conflict and disaster zones, where international relief efforts focus on more salient public health challenges such as water and sanitation, infectious diseases and housing. We use post-earthquake Haiti as an example case and contend there is an unmet need for additional attention to an important health challenge. Dr. Ann Rappaport has helped develop and implement the hazardous waste regulatory program…

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(ENVS Lunch & Learn) U.S. Customs and Border Protection: protecting American agriculture

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

Tweet It’s never a dull day in the life of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Agriculture Specialist. Combining expertise in the natural sciences with the discipline of working in a fast-paced law enforcement environment, Agriculture Specialists are trained to serve as experts in the area of agricultural inspection, border intelligence, analysis, examination and enforcement activities. PA/BCL Smith joined CBP in 2005 as a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agriculture Specialist and was promoted to Supervisory CBPAS in 2008. He…

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April 2015
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(ENVS Lunch & Learn) Science and Conservation

April 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Rabb Room, Lincoln Filene Center

Tweet Dr. John Hagan established Manomet’s Forest Conservation Program, based in Brunswick, Maine, in 1997. He has led a variety of field studies on forestry and biodiversity in the region and has helped transform how the forestry sector thinks about protecting biodiversity. His early work on birds and forestry showed that clearcuts can be important habitat for many species of conservation concern. He has also shown that modern forest management threatens the persistence of many less charismatic species, such as lichens…

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