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February 9, 2017

Most residents of the village of Mandena, Madagascar, use locally-sourced firewood for cooking, which represents an environmental health challenge. This team is working with the community to produce sustainable, data-driven solutions for improved health of the people and their natural environment.

February 8, 2017

How do we tell compelling stories about complex historical, cultural and social realities? What goes into creating great stories that stay with the audience, and even change minds? Story+ is a new six-week summer research experience for undergraduate and graduate students interested in bringing academic research to life through dynamic storytelling.

February 3, 2017

We began where many research projects begin, with data collection. This was not a normal data collection process, though; it was much more than that. We went into the community and directly interacted with the people who experience substance misuse.

February 3, 2017

A Bass Connections project team traveled to Madagascar to investigate the effect of traditional cooking practices on health, air quality, biodiversity and agriculture. This video highlights the team’s efforts to collect health and air quality data from community members.

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.

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