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.
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.
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.
provide research and development of cost-effective wind and tidal energy harvesting as well as fuel-efﬁcient and environmentally-friendly vehicles.
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.
cultivate the cultural dimensions of ecosystem services through knowledge brokering across academic disciplines.
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.
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.
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.
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.