Fall 2009 Environment & Society News Archive

Lori Hunter was an invited panelist at a conference organized by the Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh (Nov 9-10). The conference focused U.S. carrying capacity within three main topics: 1. Measures of U.S. resource consumption, including rates, amounts and origins of the resources. 2. Measures of U.S. food production and implications of population growth 3. Measures of impacts of population growth on resources and quality of life.

Liesel Ritchie traveled to Alaska in mid-November to continue a panel study of commercial fishermen and Alaska Natives that began in 2001. An on-line article in Polar Field Service Wordpress discussess the project; click here to see that article.

Brandi Gilbert recently attended the American Evaluation Association conference in Orlando, FL and presented two papers: "Assessing Disaster Preparedness Among Community-Based Organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area" (co-presented with Liesel Ritchie Ph.D.) and "Examining Stakeholder Input: A Culturally Responsive Evaluation of the Women's Resource Center Student Volunteer Program." She also served on the AEA Student Travel Award Winners in Dialogue Panel to discuss her essay on the importance of this year's conference theme, Context and Evaluation.

Lori Hunter gave two invited talks in Mexico City, at a seminar entitled The Demographic Factor in the Contemporary Environmental Crisis, co-sponsored by El Colegio de Mxico, UNFPA, and CONAPO (Dec 3-4). Within a session on Gender, Livelihoods and Environment, Lori presented an overview of a book chapter written by herself and Emmanuel David entitled Climate Change and Migration: Considering the Gender Dimensions. The manuscript is presently under consideration by UNESCO for a collection of papers on Migration and the Environment. (CUPC Working Paper POP2009-13)

In a session on Health and Environment, Lori presented her collaborative work with Wayne Twine, Laura Patterson and Aaron Johnson on HIV/AIDS mortality, food security and natural resources within the Agincourt Demographic and Health Surveillance Site in rural South Africa. (CUPC Working Paper POP2009-01) and (EB Working Paper EB2005-04)