Thursday, February 9, 2017

Feb 15: Science Salon: "Reinventing Cities" with Dr. Anu Ramaswami, Humphrey Forum

 Science Salon - Stay Current, Stay Connected
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Curious about work done to advance environmental sustainability, health, and well-being in diverse cities across the world?
Join us for a talk by Dr. Anu Ramaswami to learn about her work to develop sustainable urban policies in cities in the U.S., China and India.

Join us for our next Science Salon with Dr. Anu Ramaswami from the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs to learn more about furthering environmental sustainability, health, and well-being in diverse cities across the world. She will discuss her work on reinventing cities through innovations in energy, water, transportation, green infrastructure, and food systems, together with social, behavioral, and policy change.
Dr. Ramaswami will discuss eight principles for developing smart, sustainable and healthy cities, recently published in the journal Science[1], and discuss the application of those principles to research and development of sustainable urban policies in cities in the U.S., China and India. Ramaswami’s work focuses on developing new methods to:
  • assess the environmental and health impacts of multiple infrastructure sectors that come together in cities,
  • explore the potential of new technologies and infrastructure designs in cities,
  • and work collaboratively with local governments and various stakeholders on more sustainable infrastructure transitions in diverse world cities.
Discussion will focus on case studies of infrastructure changes in US, Chinese and Indian cities, conducted as part of the US National Science Foundation’s Partnerships in International Research and Education (PIRE) program, and as part of the United Nation’s International Resources Panel’s project on City Level Decoupling. For more information on the partnership, click here. (link is external)
Join us and spread the word! The registration fee is $20 non-members, $15 for members and $5 for students. Check-in begins at 6 p.m. Light refreshments and networking opportunities are at 6:30 p.m., and the talk starts at 7 p.m.
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Humphrey Forum130 Humphrey School301 19th Ave. S.Minneapolis, MN 55455


Biography
Professor Anu Ramaswami is the Charles M. Denny, Jr., Chair of Science, Technology, and Public Policy at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and a professor bioproducts and biosystems engineering in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Sciences at the University of Minnesota. Ramaswami is among the leading scholars on sustainable urban infrastructure and has seen her work adopted as policies and protocols for developing sustainable cities in the United States and internationally. She is the director and lead Principal Investigator of several NSF Grants related to Sustainable Cities, including "Partnerships for International Research and Education – Developing Low-Carbon Cities in the US, China and India", and the recently awarded grant for "Sustainability Research Network - Integrated Urban Infrastructure Solutions for Environmentally Sustainable, Healthy, and Livable Cities".
Ramaswami’s research spans environmental modeling, environmental technologies, industrial ecology, sustainable infrastructure design, urban systems analysis, and integration of science and technology with policy and planning for real-world implementation in communities. She has developed novel interdisciplinary education programs and resources in these diverse areas. She is the lead author of a graduate-level textbook on integrated environmental modeling.
Ramaswami received her B.S. in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology–Madras, India, and her M.S. and PhD in civil and environmental engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. She serves as chair of the newly founded Sustainable Urban Systems section at the International Society of Industrial Ecology, and represents the United States in various international urban sustainability networks.

What is Science Salon? 
Science Salon, a program of the Minnesota Academy of Science, is a forum for professional scientists to stay current on groundbreaking research and emerging technologies and engage in cross-disciplinary networking. At Science Salon, you will meet your peers from other disciplines, enjoy refreshments, participate in stimulating activities or learn about cutting-edge research. 
Questions? Contact: Jennifer Schuetz at jenniferschuetz@mnmas.org

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