“People often ask me, how did you come up with this subject?” says Carolyn Finney, assistant professor of society and the environment. “And part of it was academic — I’m reading stuff in classes, I’m not seeing very much at all in geography about African Americans and the environment, that interaction. And when I do it’s about environmental justice, which is kind of a narrowly defined experience of the environment.
“But I’m in many ways more interested in the public conversation,” she adds. “How are we having this conversation in the newspapers, on TV, who are we seeing, who are we not seeing, what are the stereotypes?”
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Peggy Lemaux, professor of Plant and Microbial Biology and cooperative extension specialist, has been selected to be a 2007 Crop Science Society of America fellow.
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A personal DNA sequence
is not yet practically useful.
But it could be, argues Prof. Steven Brenner, if we had the right resources.
Brenner calls for the establishment of "a public knowledgebase of human genetic variation and its effect, culled from databases, diagnostic laboratories, and the scientific literature."
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Fire, once a key phenomenon in the balance of forest ecosystems, has gone rogue, thanks to years of detrimental land-use policy. Now, Scott Stephens and his band of pyromaniacs are restoring forests and setting the record straight.
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From fighting wildfires in the field to predicting the role of the Santa Ana winds, CNR students and faculty have proven to be an invaluable resource in combating the more than a dozen fires that raged in Southern California in the past weeks.
Max Moritz, a fire ecologist and assistant professor of environmental science, policy and management, has been featured in The New York Times for his research on mapping the land susceptible to wildfires and USA Today describing homeowners’ roles in fighting and preventing wildfires.
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