CU-Boulder students focus on aid policies with new Red Cross partnership

June 27, 2013

Amy Quandt
Arielle Tozier de la Poterie
Kanmani Venkateswaran
Meaghan Daly
Lisa Dilling
Max Boykoff

The Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre and the University of Colorado Boulder have linked up to send CU graduate students to Africa for a three-month internship program focusing on the climate.

Lisa Dilling, co-director of the Red Cross/Red Crescent program at CU, said the internships will give participants a chance to use climate-based research in real world decision-making and generate effective environmental policies and practices for humanitarian aid efforts.

"This program essentially puts our students' intellectual learning on the ground," Dilling said. "It gives our graduate students some practice with usable climate information, and allows them to go to an organization and put resources in place for humanitarian aid."

This is the first year CU has partnered with the Climate Centre, but the program has been working with Columbia, Yale and Oxford Universities for several years.

Meaghan Daly, a Ph.D. student in environmental studies at CU, completed the internship in 2009 through the Climate and Society Master's program at Columbia University. She said she was excited to hear that program co-director Max Boykoff and Dilling had initiated an effort to institute a partnership with CU.

"There is a lot of useful scientific information out there that has the potential to make a significant impact on society, but there are challenges in making sure that this knowledge is successfully put into practice," Daly said.

This summer, three CU environmental studies graduate students (being a member of that program is not required, Dilling said) are working with the Climate Centre program, in Kenya, Uganda and Zambia. The students arrived in African in mid-May and will return in August.

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News Source: The Colorado Daily

ENVS Graduate Students: Meaghan Daly, Amy Quandt, Arielle Tozier de la Poterie, Kanmani Venkateswaran

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