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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.

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.

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