January 27, 2017

One of my favorite experiences of our Bass Connections project so far was the debate. It was a great learning experience for me on how to argue for a different side than I originally thought.

January 27, 2017

CAFOs are huge operations and can be painted as inhumane, impersonal economic machines. I had studied the environmental and health impacts and learned how the waste-to-energy process worked. As our car rolled down the farm’s long driveway, I could not help but become excited.

January 27, 2017

Our Bass Connections team recently went to visit Loyd Ray Farms to further understand the swine waste-to-energy system on the farm. I had never been to an industrial farm before, I had never seen a hog lagoon and I had never seen an anaerobic digester swine waste-to-energy system.

January 27, 2017

At 8:00 on a Friday morning, George and I scrambled to catch the Robertson bus leaving from Duke West Campus. Headed into enemy territory, we were to meet David and attend the morning panel of the Rural Sustainability Summit: Renewable Energy as a Tool for Rural Development at UNC.

January 27, 2017

This wonderful creation was one of the amazing dishes served at the NC State Agroecology Education Farm’s Farm to Feast Dinner. The Bass Connections Animal Waste Management and Global Health team had the privilege of attending the Farm to Feast as a team-building activity – and we are still talking about this cake.

January 27, 2017

In Bass Connections, we are researching to formulate recommendations that have never been made before—there is no perfect answer! This is liberating because we are free to think outside the box and make our own decisions on what our group should research and what is important to this multifaceted issue in the environment and public health.

January 24, 2017

A Bass Connections team traveled to a small village in northeast Madagascar to investigate the effect of traditional cooking practices on human respiratory health, air quality, biodiversity and agriculture. Their goal? To work with the local community to produce sustainable data-driven solutions to foster the health of the people of Mandena and their natural environment.

January 20, 2017

The John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute has selected six Bass Connections project teams to support for the 2017-2018 academic year.

January 19, 2017

The Information Initiative at Duke hosted the annual Data+ Information Fair to showcase the program’s offerings of Summer 2017 projects and to encourage students to apply.

January 17, 2017

Course development funds are available for faculty, departments or schools to organize new or modify existing courses following the model of Bass Connections.