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February 3, 2017

My goals were to investigate the implications of Shell’s decision to cease drilling and to understand what role Alaskan corporations and indigenous people play in shaping international environmental law in the Arctic, particularly looking at ocean energy and balancing the uses of shared ocean resources.

February 2, 2017

It’s 3 a.m. on a Sunday morning. I hear my residents stomping up the stairs back from Shooters, waking up half the hall in the process. Normally I’ll poke my head out and see them sway into their rooms, but I gave them a pass this time; we have a report to finish.

February 2, 2017

Our team has been looking at policy solutions to carbon emissions, an undertaking that puts us in a unique situation to make serious changes to the way Duke accounts for and reduces its carbon emissions.

February 2, 2017

Everything should be equitable, right? I think we can all agree on that! At least that’s how I used to think, prior to attempting to assess equity in the context of a carbon pricing program.

February 2, 2017

Imagine you were tasked with replacing vehicles with higher fuel efficiency equivalents to reduce gas consumption. You could: (i) replace one hundred 15 miles/gallon (MPG) vehicles with 19 MPG vehicles, or (ii) replace one hundred 34 MPG vehicles with 44 MPG vehicles. Which would you choose?

February 2, 2017

The process of assembling a totem included watching a demonstration of the process, creating a masterpiece and giving it to the managers for baking and glazing it. Drawing a parallel, every research process also has different stages to it: learning about a problem, doing ground research, conducting interviews and then analyzing the data to formulate best policies for implementation.

February 1, 2017

I had the opportunity to collaborate with a group of undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty who helped me develop my research, writing, and collaborative skills. Looking back, I didn’t foresee how having the opportunity to take ownership of part of the project would help me grow both intellectually and personally.

February 1, 2017

Looking for a research experience this summer? Numerous Bass Connections projects for 2017-2018 begin with a summer component and continue through the fall and spring semesters. Apply by February 17.

January 30, 2017

Follow-on research funds are available to undergraduate and graduate students who have completed (or are completing) a Bass Connections project team and propose to continue some aspect of the team’s work through a faculty-mentored research experience. The deadline is March 10.

January 27, 2017

I am working with a Bass Connections team that is researching the problem of animal waste management in Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs). This is an especially salient and timely issue in North Carolina, where the vast majority of hogs that supply Smithfield Foods are raised in CAFOs concentrated the eastern part of the state.

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