Can Fixing Dinner Fix the Planet? Short answer: Yes!

by eea | Tuesday, June 22, 2021 - 4:00 PM

Two years ago, I embarked on the writing of my very first book. Coming from a field of expertise that values peer-reviewed scientific publications more than books, I did not think it was in the cards to consider authoring a book about my discipline and my experience working in that discipline. But here we are, and today, my JHU Press Wavelengths series trade book, Can Fixing Dinner Fix the Planet? will be released. The pandemic helped, unfortunately. It nudged me to sit still and put pen to paper. Can Fixing Dinner Fix the Planet? investigates the interactions among food systems, diets, human health, and the climate crisis. It draws on my experiences (along with my team and many colleagues) working and living in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas. It describes how food systems must change to slow and reverse the stark trends we see with increased hunger and obesity, catastrophic climate change, and inequities. The book draws attention to the idea that the very nature of food and food systems can play a significant role in fixing these vexing challenges and bring communities together. Food books abound—cookbooks by celebrity chefs (thanks...Read More

Anchoring Innovation Districts: The Entrepreneurial University and Urban Change

by eea | Friday, June 11, 2021 - 3:00 PM

In the spring of 2017, I had an opportunity to learn about Technology Square (Tech Square) in Midtown, Atlanta. I spent a year as part of a fellowship at Georgia Institute of Technology in the Office of the Provost. Tech Square was a university initiative that opened in 2003, across the highway from the university campus, on the other side of the Fifth Street bridge. It was a vibrant environment where university activities and corporate research were intersecting, driving economic development. As an urban affairs scholar and someone interested in the broader issues facing higher education, I was intrigued by the enterprising venture and its impact and implications for the local community. Furthermore, this part of Midtown was rapidly changing, with construction sprouting everywhere. Anchoring Innovation Districts examines a recent trend in higher education, as universities are actively investing resources in the establishment of innovations districts. Embedded in the urban environment, the creation of these entities is fueled by the formation of structures to support and attract entrepreneurial activity, primarily emanating from the commercialization of technology. This direction has significant implications for both higher education and the city. Engaging universities in this manner departs from...Read More

Celebrate Pride Month with a Journals Reading List

by may | Tuesday, June 1, 2021 - 1:55 PM

Each June, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month is celebrated to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall Uprising and the contributions and culture of the LGBTQIA+ community. JHU Press is proud to publish cutting edge scholarly research from and about the LGBTQIA+ community in journals across a variety of disciplines. All the research listed below is freely available through the month of June. Quaring Sorority Life: Identity Negotiation of Queer Women of Color in Culturally Based Sororities Antonio Duran and Crystal E. Garcia Journal of College Student Development , Volume 62, Number 2, March-April 2021 Global Rainbow Families: Examining Visual Depictions of Same-Sex Couples in International Picturebooks Jamie Campbell Naidoo and Kaitlyn Lynch Bookbird: A Journal of International Children's Literature , Volume 58, Number 4, 2020 Engaging LGBTQ Communities in Community-Partnered Participatory Research: Lessons from the Resilience Against Depression Disparities Study Olivia K. Sugarman, MPH, Ashley Wennerstrom, PhD, MPH, Miranda Pollock, MPH, Krystal Griffith, MPH, Emily Rey, MA, Sylvanna M. Vargas, MA, Catherine Haywood, Diana Meyers, BSN, RN, Jessie Smith III, Clarence R. Williams, Pluscedia Williams, Curley Bonds, MD, Benjamin Springgate, MD, MPH, Jeanne...Read More

Wildlife Management and Landscapes

by eea | Thursday, May 27, 2021 - 4:00 PM

The late William “Bill” Porter, one of the editors of Wildlife Management and Landscapes ( WML ), was a fan of making up adages to lighten the mood in complex ecological discussions with his students. One of my favorites was, “Ecology isn’t rocket science… it’s much harder!” because it holds up for so many wildlife species and ecological systems. What Bill meant by this statement is that, absent laws and theories to describe the natural world as it relates to ecology, ecologists and managers must seek creative solutions to unravel the inherent intractability in ecology. Translating decades worth of ecological research into strategies to manage wildlife populations and their habitats across large landscapes is perhaps one of the greatest intractable ecological problems. Landscapes are constantly in flux—from the soil beneath the ground which houses diverse microorganisms that dictate the form and structure of the vegetation on the surface, to the jet streams pushing weather around the globe. Against the backdrop of these highly variable spaces are humans with an array of values, political boundaries, and management jurisdictions. Suffice to say, the ecology of managing wildlife on landscapes is hard! Landscape ecology provides a framework for...Read More

Searching for Health: The Smart Way to Find Information Online and Put It to Use

by eea | Tuesday, May 18, 2021 - 3:00 PM

It took one day to make a four year writing journey worthwhile. When Anna and I began on Searching for Health four years ago, we thought that it was a good idea, but more than once we had to convince ourselves that people would find the effort useful. After all, can a book really help people search for health information online? Yet, we persevered and finally got to the stage of sharing early electronic (on account of the pandemic) copies of the book with friends, family and media as part of its promotion. On that particular day I happened to hear from several different people how the material in the book helped them on their health journey. In each case, there were different parts of the book that resonated with the reader, suggesting that there was useful information throughout. As Anna and I excitedly discussed this feedback, we agreed that it was the best result we could have hoped for. On the one hand, this was not surprising. The book is based on more than 100 research studies that cover many different nuances of finding and communicating health information. This body of work has validated the...Read More