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.
Tyler Marghetis presents our work on "Estimating and correcting misperceptions of energy use" at the annual Society for Judgment and Decision Making conference in Vancouver, British Columbia. This work is funded by the National Science Foundation, Decision, Risk and Management Science program.
Shahzeen presents her research to the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) Board of Directors. She discussed her work on perceptions and biases of energy and water use as well as new lines of research she is starting at CASBS.
Breathtaking and rejuvinating.
Visited the Environmental Systems group to discuss our research on water use and water systems. Many thanks to my wonderful host Jessica Blois. Fantastic discussions with students and water leaders in California.
Kurt Waldman leads on a new paper published in Global Environmental Change. Results highlight smallholder farmer seed and climate perceptions in Southern Zambia. Congrats Kurt, Jordan, and Tom!
The purpose of the Colorado Climate Retreat was to examine recent and emerging research on the interface of climate change and social psychology, broadly construed. The meeting disseminated findings to students, researchers, students, policy makers, and the general public. Presenters included faculty and graduate students from psychology, political science, environmental studies, and theater and dance. Following public presentations on Friday, the presenters spent much of Saturday discussing future directions for collaborative, programmatic research.
Shahera Omar is a Fulbright Scholar and a Master of Public Affairs student in SPEA. She is interested in psychology and development, and she is from the beautiful country of Sri Lanka. She is a foodie and loves to squash cute things, especially her cats, Molan and Pakeer, which translate to "Idiot" and "Fool." Broadly, she will be working with Kurt Waldman et al. on understanding which decision science theories can be used to study smallholder farmer decision making in Africa.
Tyler Marghetis joins our Lab as a Postdoctoral Fellow in SPEA and the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. He studies the limits of human imagination — how we [fail to] understand concepts that lie beyond the reach of perception and action — and implications for mitigating climate change, educating STEM experts, and creating a more just society. Before becoming a card-carrying Scientist, he was a child detective, then a professional magician, and finally a national team wrestler. Today, he likes bikes, books, and bourbon.