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Press Release 08-127

Transcending Boundaries

NSF program fosters graduate study in the "white spaces" between scientific disciplines

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Photo of polar bear and melting ice.

Climate change represents one of today's most prominent scientific challenges. Through the Integrative Graduate Education Research Traineeship (IGERT) program, Charles Kolstad, principal investigator of a project bringing together economics and environmental science at the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB), gave graduate student Nick Burger an opportunity to work with him as a lead author of a section of the fourth report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Credit: Susanne Miller, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


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Robin Garrell, director of the Materials Creation Training Program, an IGERT project at UCLA, describes how IGERT has catalyzed institutional change at UCLA.

Credit: UCLA/National Science Foundation

 

Photo of economist Charles Kolstad.

Economist Charles Kolstad is principal investigator of the "Economics of Environmental Science" project at the University of California Santa Barbara. He was a lead author on the fourth report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Credit: Charles D. Kolstad, Bren School and Dept. of Economics, University of California, Santa Barbara


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Photo of Nick Burger.

Nick Burger, who, as a graduate student, worked with economist Charles Kolstad as a lead author on the fourth report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, has now earned his doctorate, and is working as associate economist at the Rand Corporation's Washington, D.C., office.

Credit: Nick Burger


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Photo of grad students examining mosquitoes.

IGERT ECPB fellow Amy Henry and Mahidol University student Panpim Thongsripong examine mosquitoes, potential vectors of a range of diseases, including dengue fever, in a forested area near Thailand's Khao Yai National Park.

Credit: Ron Paik, Hawaii IGERT


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Photo of grad students sorting mosquito samples.

Avoiding the tropical heat, Hawaii IGERT students sort collected mosquito samples late at night near Khao Yai National Park in Thailand.

Credit: Ron Paik, Hawaii IGERT


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Photo of AME IGERT personnel working with a stroke survivor.

AME IGERT personnel work with a stroke survivor using the mediated rehabilitation system developed by the program.

Credit: Hari Sundaram, Arizona State University


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A stroke survivor participates in a study for development of interactive mediated rehabilitation at Arizona State University.

Credit: Michelle Smythe, Arizona State University


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