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Chicago Mayor Commends Collaborative Water Research Projects

Chicago Mayor Commends Collaborative Water Research Projects

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was at the signing of an MOU that outlines ways to increase collaboration between Northwestern University and Ben-Gurion University’s Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research at the at the Water Technology & Environment Control (WATEC) Conference in Israel. The mayor’s comments about interdisciplinary […]

Pica Among Hispanic Women Living in the US

Pica Among Hispanic Women Living in the US

Our article “Pica is prevalent and strongly associated with iron deficiency among Hispanic pregnant women living in the United States” recently published in the journal Appetite. Structured interviews (n=187) were conducted with pregnant Hispanic women living in Salinas Valley, California, during their antenatal care visits; hemoglobin, serum […]

Pica, Parrots, and People – An NPR Articles Discusses Clay Eating

Pica, Parrots, and People – An NPR Articles Discusses Clay Eating

NPR journalist Carolyn Beans recently interviewed Dr. Young about a recent scientific article that documents the geophagic behavior of Amazonian parrots. The authors set out to test the two leading hypotheses about geophagy: earth is consumed to protect against toxins in the diet (i.e. secondary […]

After Nearly a Year Away, Vicky is Back – And Ready to Write Her Dissertation!

After Nearly a Year Away, Vicky is Back – And Ready to Write Her Dissertation!

For 10 productive months, Vicky was in Singida, Tanzania doing work that will ultimately inform her PhD dissertation. As part of the Singida Nutrition and Agro-ecology Project (SNAP), Vicky helped implement two surveys and completed much of the qualitative data collection. She will use data […]

Welcome to the Team, Maggie!

Welcome to the Team, Maggie!

We offer a warm welcome to Margaret Butler, an incoming Ph.D. student at Northwestern University, focusing on biological anthropology and human biology. She is passionate about biocultural approaches to anthropological research concerning human health. Her undergraduate thesis was an exploration of the variables impacting women’s […]

Congrats to Katie – From Fellow to Faculty Member at Cornell!

Congrats to Katie – From Fellow to Faculty Member at Cornell!

Dr. Katie Fiorella, an Atkinson Postdoctoral Fellow at Cornell University jointly hosted by our group and Chris Barrett’s, is completing her post-doc and moving into a new role. She will join the faculty in Population Medicine and in Cornell’s new Masters in Public Health program as […]

Making a Splash in the New “Water Security” Journal

Making a Splash in the New “Water Security” Journal

This week, our paper came out in the newish journal “Water Security”. In it, we argue that water security shouldn’t be seen as merely the sufficiency of water as an object (“H2O”), but should be reconceptualized and explicitly linked to broader social and political relations that […]

SNAP Takes Home First Prize at Nane-Nane Fair in Central Tanzania

SNAP Takes Home First Prize at Nane-Nane Fair in Central Tanzania

Mentor farmers representing the Singida Nutrition and Agro-ecology Project (SNAP) won first place at the Nane Nane (Farmer’s Day celebrated each year in Tanzania) Fair in Dodoma. SNAP farmers were selected to represent the Rural Singida District at the fair, ahead of several other local […]

Reporting on Water Quality Testing Methods in Western Kenya

Reporting on Water Quality Testing Methods in Western Kenya

Our paper about human sensory perceptions of water quality and the tools used to quantify bacterial load in water was recently published in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. In January 2016, Shalean Collins, Patrick Mbullo, and Joshua Miller collected water samples at […]

Undergrads Hard at Work During the Summer

Undergrads Hard at Work During the Summer

Tracy and Julia, Northwestern undergraduates, are two of the students who have been hard at work this summer for the Young Research Group. Tracy and Julia have been focusing on data analyses for SNAP, our agro-ecological study in Tanzania, and HWISE, our global household water […]