2012 Resident Fellows

Spring 2012 Resident Fellows

The 14 individuals chosen as Spring 2012 IonE resident fellows were each awarded $20,000 over three years to carry out interdisciplinary projects related to environmental grand challenges. Here’s what they’re doing with their fellowship funds:

William Arnold
Arnold is exploring how human alterations of the environment lead to and affect chemical pollution problems, including how changes in organic matter affect photochemistry and the production of natural pollutants. Full bio

John Carmody
Carmody is bringing together policy experts, planners, designers, engineers and scientists to create model self-sufficient sustainable neighborhoods in the U.S. and Haiti. Full bio

James Forester
Forester is connecting veterinary science, ecology and statistics to address the spread of disease between farm animals and wildlife and explore the impacts of biofuel production on wildlife. Full bio

Tracy Lipke-Perry
Lipke-Perry is exploring and advancing the intersection of arts and sustainability by creating green fine arts studio and teaching resources and hosting events related to art and sustainability. Full bio

Dylan Millet
Millet is engaging in a collaborative project using satellite data to better understand local-to-global patterns of air pollution exposure for different population groups. Full bio

Ruth Okediji
Okediji is developing a graduate-level seminar addressing the role of intellectual property rights around climate change technologies, hosting a roundtable event, and conducting research on the effectiveness of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Green Technology Pilot Program. Full bio

Hari Osofsky
Osofsky is advancing law and policy related to energy justice, geoengineering and smart grid application with a focus on helping build the University’s new environmental and energy law program and a sustainability graduate program. Full bio

R. Lee Penn
Penn is building collaborations with faculty in microbiology, civil engineering, and other fields. and organizing scientific conference presentations related to advancing understanding of the impact of nanotechnology on microorganisms and other ecologically relevant life forms. Full bio

Gurumurthy Ramachandran
Ramachandran is examining the consequences of rapid economic changes and industrialization in India on potentially increased exposures to a wide variety of chemical and other hazards. Full bio

Kim Robien
Robien developing data collection tools to measure exposure to food and water contaminants for use in future epidemiologic studies, and validating the tool in a local pilot study. Full bio

Gillian Roehrig
Roehrig is developing satellite data–based visualizations and storylines for the Exploradome to help K–12 students understand Earth as a system dramatically influenced by humans. Full bio

Martin Saar
Saar is working with the Bell Museum and other partners to develop a documentary about geothermal energy. Full bio

Shashi Shekhar
Shekhar is applying spatio-temporal data analytics to problems posed by sustainability science in areas such as environmental forensics and climate modeling. Full bio

Scott St. George
St. George is collaborating with scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and NASA to study whether persistent shifts in global climate can be used to improve drought forecasts in North America. Full bio

Fall 2012 Resident Fellows

The 11 individuals chosen as Fall 2012 IonE resident fellows were each awarded $10,000 to carry out interdisciplinary projects related to environmental grand challenges. Here’s what they’re doing with their fellowship funds:

Jacques C. Finlay
initiate activities to examine lentic influences on stream and river nutrients, address key research gaps, and convene interested experts to determine and apply appropriate models. Full bio

John S. Gulliver
collaborate with faculty across the University of Minnesota on the Improving Urban Vegetation for Water Quality initiative, create an annual conference on stormwater research, and instruct and develop coursework for the Acara and Peace Corps Masters International degree programs. Full bio

Randel Hanson
assemble the food system players at the University of Minnesota Duluth to instruct and model sustainable food systems of the future for higher education institutions.

Mihailo Jovanovic
provide research and development of cost-effective wind and tidal energy harvesting as well as fuel-efficient and environmentally-friendly vehicles. Full bio

Rebecca Montgomery
advance science and engagement initiatives that explore plant and animal responses to climate change and develop the cyber infrastructure and training materials needed to launch the Minnesota Phenology Network. Full bio

Laura Musacchio
cultivate the cultural dimensions of ecosystem services through knowledge brokering across academic disciplines. Full bio

Peter Seiler
research engineering challenges surrounding renewable energy policy issues and develop ways to reduce the cost of wind energy through the use of advanced sensors and algorithms. Full bio

Dominic Travis
explore the relationship between biodiversity and health, develop partnerships between the Institute on the Environment and the Academic Health Center, and distribute educational materials to global partners. Full bio

Lawrence Wackett
Inform and lead a national awareness effort on the effects of fracking, and seek environmental solutions with a specific focus on the chemicals in frack water. Full bio

Jian-Ping Wang
conduct a multifaceted project using ground-breaking Spintronic and Nano Magnetic technologies to address the major challenges of detection and quantification of waterborne pathogens and heavy metals in waste and fuels. Full bio