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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 both the source and storage locations for numerous households in Western Kenya. Two different methods were used to measure the concentration of E. coli, a pathogenic bacteria, in the water samples: Colilert and compartment bag tests. Our results indicate that both measures were highly correlated (i.e. they provide comparable assessments). We also found that self-reported ratings of water taste and smell were related to the quality of the water, meaning that water which people rated as tasting or smelling poorly was more likely to be contaminated with E. coli.

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 […]

HWISE Study Gets a Home

HWISE Study Gets a Home

We are proud to announce the creation of a new website for our Household Water Insecurity Experiences (HWISE) study. The site documents the history of the project, its scientific grounding, its scope (we are currently at 18 sites globally), and will be updated regularly to […]

Perinatal Depression Among HIV-Infected Women in KwaZulu-Natal

Perinatal Depression Among HIV-Infected Women in KwaZulu-Natal

Congrats to Emily Tuthill (center) and the team on the publication of our paper, which describes the role of maternal mental health in infant feeding practices among South African women. In this paper, we found that depression is associated with lower rates of exclusive breastfeeding. Indeed, we conclude that “Improving maternal psychosocial well-being could be a new frontier to improving infant and young child feeding and reducing pre/postnatal transmission.”

Dr. Beth Widen: A K99/R01 at UT Austin!

Dr. Beth Widen: A K99/R01 at UT Austin!

Dr. Beth Widen recently completed her post-doc and joined the University of Texas at Austin as a faculty member, where she is currently working on her NIH/NICHD K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award. She is currently a Research Scientist and will begin her tenure-track Assistant Professor position […]

Dr. Young Speaks at the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women

Dr. Young Speaks at the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women

In March, Dr. Young had the honor of presenting her findings about the role of food insecurity and depression in women’s economic development at this year’s U.N. Commission on the Status of Women. She presented results from our Kenyan, Ugandan, and Tanzanian pregnant and postpartum cohorts. […]