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Maggie Awarded Travel Grant for Upcoming Breastfeeding Conference

Maggie Awarded Travel Grant for Upcoming Breastfeeding Conference

Maggie Butler received the Buffet Institute for Global Studies’ Graduate Student Conference Travel Award to travel to and present at the Breastfeeding and Feminism International Conference in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She will be sharing preliminary qualitative analyses from the HouseholdWater Insecurity Experiences (HWISE) study in […]

Vidya and Sera Receive the Resnick Family Social Impact Award!

Vidya and Sera Receive the Resnick Family Social Impact Award!

Vidya Venkataramanan, a postdoctoral fellow, and Prof. Sera Young recently received a grant from the Resnick Family Social Impact Fund from the Institute for Sustainability and Energy (ISEN) at Northwestern University. The proposal was entitled, “Understanding and Quantifying Experiences of Water Insecurity Locally and Globally.” […]

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 investigation, cross-country partnerships, and the importance of water (in)security research reflected, in many ways, a broader political recognition of the great potential and importance of water. We are proud that the holistic approach and cooperative nature of the HWISE project was specifically highlighted at the signing.

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 collected from her time abroad to write about the effects of SNAP on the local community, more specifically examining its impact on gender equity and child nutrition. This important work was partially funded by the Borlaug Fellowship for Global Food Security. Welcome back, Vicky!

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 […]