New research by Caitlin Kontgis, Annemarie Schneider and collaborators. Monitoring peri-urbanization in the greater Ho Chi Minh City metropolitan area, was recently published in Applied Geography. This research combines commune-level Vietnamese census information, dense time stacks of Landsat satellite data (1990–2012), and several spatial measures to quantify urbanization and peri-urbanization in the greater Ho Chi Minh City metropolitan area from 1990 to 2012. The results indicate that 660.2 km2 of cropland was converted to urban uses (a near quintupling of urban land), while 3.5 million persons moved into the region, bringing the total population to nearly 12 million by 2012. The analysis also highlights the rapid, unplanned nature of peri-urban development: approximately one-third of new urban expansion occurs in areas >40 km from the core, with nearly 50% of population expansion occurring in communes classified as peri-urban. (full article)

SAGE alum Micah Hahn publishes paper on her PhD work on the Nipah virus in Bangladesh, "Sweet and Deadly: Bat-Borne Virus Brews in Bangladesh’s Date Palm Pots"

Maggie Grabow and Jonathan Patz took part in a briefing for legislators at the Capitol on the economic and health benefits of bicycling in Wisconsin (5/13/14),View a poster describing the briefing.

Annemarie Schneider

Professor Tracey Holloway was featured in a Nature article focusing on her recent work helping to found the Earth Science Women's Network in 2002, lead its effort to become a non-profit, and touches on "turning points" in her career since college. (4/9/14) 


Weston Roundtable Lecture Series

The Weston Roundtable is a weekly lecture series with on- and off-campus leaders in sustainability science, engineering, and policy. The unique, discussion-heavy format aims to build a community around policy-relevant sustainability science and engineering topics. The weekly 4:15-5:15 PM meeting includes a 40-45 minute presentation, followed by 15-20 minutes of discussion. Each meeting is preceded by coffee, tea, cookies, and conversation. All lectures are free and open to the public

Location: 1106 Mechanical Engineering, 1513 University Avenue, unless otherwise noted

Sept 18: Molly Jahn
Discovery Fellow
Professor, Laboratory of Genetics, Agronomy Department

"Knowledge Systems for Sustainability: A Report from the Front Lines" This century will bring increasing demand for food, resulting in volatility, risk, and instability in social, ecological and economic systems.  All have enormous consequences across human and environmental dimensions. The speaker will describe a collaborative community of practice that works to improve knowledge systems to better describe and predict dynamics, risk, resilience and uncertainty related to food, water, energy and climate.  Primary goals of the community are to value current efforts and spark new strategies to bend our socio-ecological trajectories toward states we can objectively defend as "sustainable" for humans and all other living things.

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Contact: Carol Barford for more information

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Student News and Awards

Congratulations to Dr. Vijay Limaye, who sucessfully defended his PhD thesis "Climate Change Impacts on Population Health: Modeling Exposures to Heat and Air Pollution" (May 14, 2014)

Alexandra Karambelas was the Graduate Student Winner of the AOSS Poster Reception Student competition (May 2014)

Vijay Limaye won Graduate Student Honorable Mention in the AOSS Poster Reception Student competition (May 2014)

Congratulations to Carly Mertes who successfully defended her Master's Thesis, "Detecting change in urban areas at continental scales with MODIS data" (5/6/14)

Melissa Hatch won a Bonn fellowship (April 2014)

Updated: 9/12/14

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