In a paper recently published by the Journal of Economic History, Professor Philip Pardy and his co-author explore the slowing growth of agricultural productivity in the United States. The study explores technological advances that led to a surge in farm productivity in the late 20th century, then examines potential explanations for the slowdown in growth that followed. Prof. Pardy is the Director of the International Science and Technology Practice and Policy Center, a Consortium member center. Read the full article here.
The Climate Intervention Biology Working Group, which includes Prof. Jessica Hellmann, Director of the Institute on the Environment, recently published a research brief on the potential ecological effects of solar radiation modification (SRM). In theory, SRM technology could be used to reflect sunlight away from the earth in order to combat global warming. The paper addresses knowledge gaps pertaining to both positive and negative ecological impacts of SRM technology. Additional information is available on the Institute for the Environment website; the paper was published in the April 2021 issue of Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences. The Institute on the Environment is a Consortium member center.
Prof. Douglas Yee, Director of the Masonic Cancer Center, recently spoke to the University of Minnesota’s Discovery magazine about progress in the fight against cancer since the National Cancer Act was signed in 1971. Dr. Yee describes research led by the Masonic Cancer Center and how the next ten years will transform cancer treatment and research. The Masonic Cancer Center is a Consortium member center. Read the article here.
The Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute is hosting a webinar series that highlights the gastronomic knowledge of Indigenous women chefs. Webinars feature recipes, cooking demonstrations and commentary from nationally recognized chefs. The Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives institute is a Consortium member center. View recordings of past webinars and register for an upcoming webinar on the Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives website.
Michael Osterholm, Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) and Regents Professor at the University of Minnesota, was recently profiled by the Star Tribune. “Osterholm has long used his position to inform and influence. He alerted Congress to the dangers of a viral pandemic that would overwhelm hospitals, kill millions and devastate the global economy back in 2005….” Dr. Osterholm is an international authority on COVID-19 and emerging infectious diseases. CIDRAP is a member center in the Consortium on Law and Values and Dr. Osterholm has been a leader in the Consortium’s COVID Controversies webinar series. Read the article on the Star Tribune website and listen to Dr. Osterholm’s podcast.
The Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute is currently seeking applications for two funding opportunities. The University Faculty Research Grant Program supports new interdisciplinary research with potential for growth. Research teams must include members from at least three distinct disciplines. The Graduate and Professional Research Grant Program funds student research related to interdisciplinary learning in food, agriculture, and human health. Deadlines are in April and May. The Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives institute is a Consortium member center. Read more about the funding opportunities here.