Noteworthy: What's Up at IonE
Nanotechnology, tree rings, sustainable arts and energy justice are among the topics being explored by IonE’s newest resident fellows. The 14 U of M faculty, announced in September, hail from 13 departments in eight colleges. Each will receive funding for three years to pursue cross-disciplinary projects. Read the press release.
Spring is just around the corner, and with it, Momentum 2012 will bring today’s leading environmental visionaries to the Twin Cities for three evenings of engaging ideas and entertainment. IonE’s second annual event series will feature Arctic photographer Paul Nicklen, Nature Conservancy chief scientist M. Sanjayan, and environmental theologian Martin Palmer.
The November 2011 issue of Scientific American includes a feature by IonE director Jon Foley that asks, “Can We Feed the World and Sustain the Planet?” The article presents a five-point plan Foley and colleagues published in the Oct. 20 issue of Nature to double global food production while reducing the adverse environmental impacts of agriculture.
The National Science Foundation recently awarded a five-year, $8 million grant to the IonE-sponsored project Terra Populus, or TerraPop for short. The project will combine historic census information with global environmental data including land cover, land use and climate records and then disseminate this information to researchers around the world.
At the 15th annual Minnesota Magazine and Publishing Association Excellence Awards, Momentum magazine received honors in 10 categories. Momentum was judged as part of the “Special Interest, Under 60,000 Circulation” category, competing against a number of prominent regional magazines. Learn more.
Is climate change the biggest environmental threat we face? Maybe not. Watch IonE director Jon Foley’s TEDx talk on “The Other Inconvenient Truth: How Agriculture Is Changing the Face of Our Planet.”
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Last modified on January 23, 2012