We wish each of you happy holidays and hope the new year renews your spirit and brings immense joy and hope.
Indiana University has named 25 Bicentennial Professors. Each Bicentennial Professor will travel around the state delivering public presentations at community forums that describe -- in an engaging and accessible manner -- some of their research or professional activities. Excited to be part of this group and talk with other Hoosiers!
Shahzeen with David Krantz (Professor at Columbia U.). I wish I could do a Vulcan mind meld with him on most days. Photo circa 2010.
I will be discussing new research on ad hominem attacks on climate researchers and effects on policy uptake (with David Krantz and Elke Weber) at Northwestern’s School of Communication on October 1st and University of Washington Seattle’s Center for Environmental Politics on October 5th. See you there!
Science News spotlights a group of early- and mid-career scientists who are breaking ground. “It’s a confident, tough group. Try to set limits or box these people in and they bristle. Some had childhood experiences that opened their minds to the possibilities of scientific research. Others dug in their heels to do something that an adult said would be too difficult.”
Honored to be in this cohort. Here is a wonderful profile by Bruce Bower.
Heading to the Headlands Center for the Arts to participate in a thematic residency addressing climate change. The purpose of the convening is to bring together artists, scientists, policy makers, activists and advocates to exchange ideas and working processes centering on addressing climate change.
I will be talking about new lines of research at LLNL on June 13th. My talk will be on fusing facts and feelings to motivate action on climate change. See you there.
This beautiful creature just made my day. Thought it would make yours! Spotted hiking on the Berry Creek Falls Trail in the Big Basin Redwoods State Park.
As a part of the Chinese Flagship program at IU, Janine will be studying overseas for the next academic year in China. For the first half of the year, she will be finishing up her Chinese studies with classes at Nanjing University and will be looking for an internship for the second semester in either Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, or Shenzhen. She is excited to meet many new people and continue on her journey of language learning and exploration while eating amazing food in China.
This summer, Janine will be interning with IU’s Office of Sustainability as their Sustainable IT intern. She will be involved in helping organize and inventory donated technology from the Hoosier to Hoosier sale, collecting data about what types of appliances and technology students are discarding. Furthermore, she will be involved in developing communications to help educate the student body on tech waste and impact. Lastly, she will have the opportunity to use her language skills to help translate Hoosier to Hoosier sale promotions for the international student body. She is excited to be spending her summer in Bloomington tackling these projects with IUOS!
Our work on smallholder farmer perceptions of water related conflict and violence in Southern Zambia just published in Sustainability. You can read the paper here. Below are the sources of conflict and violence reported by our farmer participants. Congrats to Drew Marcantonio (now PhD student at U. of Notre Dame) and Tom Evans (Professor at U of Arizona). Also a great thanks to IU Office of Sustainability and NSF's Water Sustainability Climate initiative for funding this research.