Professor Stephen Macko was interviewed by the BBC for the The Food Chain series “Of Maize and Men: The Rise” about his work using carbon isotopes to quantify the high influence of corn on human nutrition. The series covers how and why corn has become a dominant part of our food supply. Listen to the interview here.
The Department of Environmental Sciences undergraduate seminar series was highlighted in the Cavalier Daily, with EPA attorney Mark Garvey giving a talk on the Toxic Substance Control Act on Feb 28. Read more here.
Environmental Sciences graduate students, led by Alice Besterman and Erin Swails, hosted the 2017 EnviroDay symposium on February 24, 2017. The symposium theme was “Global Change and Public Health” and featured 16 talks and 12 posters from undergraduate and graduate students from several UVA departments. The keynote seminar “Of Mice and Men: Emerging Infectious Disease in a Warmer, More Fragmented World” was delivered by Dr. Richard Ostfeld from the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies.
UVA’s Yamuna River Project is a campus wide project to “revitalize the ecology of the Yumuna River in New Delhi and reconnect India’s capital city back to the water” (link to project website). Professor Matt Reidenbach will speak at the opening talks on Thursday, 3/16/17 at 5PM in the East Wing Gallery of Campbell Hall. Professor Vivian Thomson will speak at the closing symposium on Friday, 4/14/17 at 10AM in Hotel A, One West Range. Click on the flier below for more details.
Professor Vivian Thomson writes about the bipartisan consensus among voters on climate change, in connection with her forthcoming book, Climate of Capitulation: An Insider’s Account of State Power in a Coal Nation (MIT Press). Blog link here.
Former department graduate student Lixin Wang (PhD, 2008) had a recent publication featured by NSF on World Water Day. The paper, “Nonrainfall water origins and formation mechanisms” in Science Advances highlights the importance fog and dew play in the Namib Desert in Africa. You can find the manuscript here and NSF’s write-up here.
Environmental Sciences students Amy Ferguson and Brynn Cook won top awards for posters at the 2017 Robert J. Huskey Graduate Research Exhibition. Amy’s poster “Making the case for nature-based solutions to coastal erosion in Virginia’s coastal bays” tied for 1st Place in Division 1 – Natural Sciences Poster Presentation. Brynn’s poster won 1st Place in Division 2 – Natural Sciences Poster Presentation. The R.J. Huskey exhibition showcases the work done by graduate students at the University of Virginia.
Environmental Sciences Professor Deborah Lawrence contributed a volume to the Miller Center’s ‘First Year Project’ outlining policy goals for the incoming president to pursue during her/his first year. Her essay focuses on a climate tax, funding for climate science, and clean energy. Read more here.