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UC Carbon Neutrality and Global Food Initiative Fellows

UC, a national leader in sustainability, has pledged to become carbon neutral by 2025, becoming the first major university to commit to this goal.

In 2013, UC President Napolitano created the Global Climate Leadership Council to advise her on how to achieve the Carbon Neutrality goal for the UC System.  The Council is comprised of scientists, administrators, students and experts from inside and outside UC and will engage the entire university community in its effort to seek out the best practices, policies and technology to achieve carbon neutrality and to advance teaching and research in climate change and sustainability.

Responding to recommendations by the Council, the Carbon Neutrality Initiative and the Global Food Initiative were created.  The Carbon Neutrality Initiative(CNI) Fellowships and Global Food Initiative (GFI) Fellowships  were created to fund research projects across the University of California’s ten campuses and two laboratories. 

FY17-18 GFI and CNI Fellows Just Announced!

GFI Fellows

J. Daniel Kelly, MD, MPH ($4K award) .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Fellow in Infectious Diseases
Project: The impact of food insecurity on Ebola-related infections and mortality in hotspots of the Sierra Leone Ebola epidemic

Tammy Nicastro ($4K award) .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Student, Master’s program in Global Health Science
Project: Assessing the Perceived Impacts of an Integrated HIV Care and Agricultural Livelihood Intervention Program
(IHLP) on Agriculture, Food Security, and Nutrition in Western Kenya Through a Qualitative Secondary Analysis

Emily Tuthill, PhD, RN ($4K award) .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) 
T32 Postdoctoral Fellow, UCSF School of Nursing
Project: Current and chronic food insecurity: its impact on depression and emotional mental health among women living with HIV in the U.S

(Faculty sponsor for all of the above: Sheri Weiser, MD, MPH; .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address))
NOTE: We have not been able to identify a GFI Ambassador.

Administrative contact for GFI Fellows:
Dan Henroid, Nutrition and Food Services Director
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CNI Fellows

Team of Hugo Aguilar & Yaser Khoshal* (to split $4K award)  .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  and .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Pharmacy students, School of Pharmacy, Class of 2019
Project: Development of an elective course related to climate change and health that addresses critical issues and topics of our day and age, plus establishment of an interprofessional registered campus organization (RCO) focused on sustainability issues
(Faculty sponsor: Conan MacDougall, PharmD, MAS, BCPS-AQ ID; .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address))

*This team will fulfill the engagement role, utilizing the $1,000 programming budget.

Team of Gabriela Weigel & Carolyn Rennels (to split $4K award) .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
MD candidates, UCSF School of Medicine
Project: Women, the environment, and physician activism: Encouraging activism through education
(Faculty sponsor: Robert Gould, MD; .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address))

Clifford Bielinski, MD ($4K award) .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Resident Physician, Department of Anesthesia
Project: Improving energy efficiency in the operating rooms
(Faculty sponsor: Seema Gandhi, MD; .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address))

Administrative contact for CNI Fellows:
Gail Lee, UCSF Sustainability Director
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PAST CNI AND GFI FELLOWS

2016-2017

CNI:  Hugo Aguilar and Yaser Khoshal -  Expanding on the success of Earthealth1, a ten-week lunchtime elective for credit, outreach and engagement of the UCSF student community and through student news outlets;  See syllabus.
CNI:  Brittany Zhang and Daniel Ta - A ten week elective consisting of a series of lunchtime lectures with guest speakers, sharing UCSF sustainability accomplishments at UCSF hosted conferences.  See syllabus.
CNI:  Jason Lang - Identifying opportunities for energy and waste reduction in the Operating rooms at Parnassus
GFI:  Rashon Lane - In Search of Meaning: The Social Structural Factors that Impact Lived Experiences of Women of Color Living with HIV in Their Management of Multiple Chronic Illness

2015-2016

CNI:  Alex Schrobenhauser-Clonan, MS4, Student Outreach and Engagement Fellow, EARTHEALTH1:  Earth and Health Are One
CNI:  Nicole Jackman, MD, Reduction of Fresh Gas Flows in Anesthesia
Poster:  Economic and Environmental Impact of Optimizing Fresh Gas Flow Use with Inhaled Anesthetics
GFI:  Mathew Spinelli, MD, Impact of Food Insecurity on HIV Tx
Poster: Food Insecurity is Associated with Worse HIV Clinical Outcomes Among Women in the United States
GFI:  J. Daniel Kelly, Postdoc, Food Insecurity, Poor Nutrition and Other Risk Factors of Ebola-Infected Patients
Poster: Anatomy of an Asymptomatic Ebola ‘Hotspot’
GFI:  Mike Reid, MD, Diabeltes, Diet, And Microbial Translocation in HIV infected women
Poster: Association of Markers of Gut Microbial Translocation and Inflammation with Insulin Resistance in HIV-infected Persons
Faculty Champion:  Arianne Teherani, PhD, Incorporating climate change and health into curriculum, May Workshop and December Workshop

2014-2015

CNI: Nicole Jackman, MD, UCSF Resident, Dr. Nicole Jackman Presents at Climate Neutrality Conference
GFI:  Jacob Mirsky, MD, Student Fellowship Provides Sustainable Food Solutions
GFI:  Jonathan Schor, MS1, Can Your Cell Phone Help You Eat Better?

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEW FY17-18 CNI and GFI Fellows Recruitment just announced! here!
CNI Call For Proposals and UC letter with guidelines and responsibilities.
GFI Call for Proposals and UC letter with announcement and guidelines.

AWARDS
Award amount: $4000 each
Maximum duration: 8 months
Number of awards: up to 8


ELIGIBILITY (for both CNI and GFI fellowshipss)
Applicant must be currently enrolled in a degree program, residency, fellowship, or postdoc program in the Graduate Division, School of Dentistry, School of Medicine, School of Nursing, or School of Pharmacy.

APPLICATION FOR CNI FELLOW
Cover sheet including: applicant name, degree program, contact email and phone number, recommender’s name, department, email, and phone number.

One page applicant letter describing the program to be completed under the fellowship and how it aligns with the UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative.

At least one fellow will be appointed to lead student engagement and communications efforts at UCSF for the CNI and the President’s Global Climate Leadership Council— see attached Student Engagement Representative document for more detail. This effort will be supported by an additional $1000 in funding for programming budget.  If you would like to be considered for the student engagement role in your application, please include a brief description of goals and objectives.

One page recommendation letter from a faculty or staff advisor on the project, to be submitted directly from the recommender as PDF attachment to email.

Applications are due by May 23, 5pm (PDT) to UCSF CNI representative and UCSF campus and Medical Center Sustainability Director, Gail Lee (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) 415-502-6315.

SELECTION CRITERIA FOR CNI FELLOW

One position will be selected to lead student engagement and communications efforts at UCSF and the development of a Climate Change and Health Elective sponsored by the Academic Senate Committee on Sustainability or their delegate.  See Student Engagement Representative document for more detail. Please include a brief description describing your proposal.

One or two positions will be focused on reducing carbon emissions in healthcare or healthcare research through improving energy efficiency, changing energy intensive processes, reducing anesthesia gas or refrigerant emissions, and/or enacting other related strategies to cut carbon emissions in healthcare.

Preference will be given to programs focused on reducing campus-related emissions to meet net zero greenhouse gases (GHG) from its buildings and vehicle fleet by 2025 (i.e., reduction of GHG emissions related to UCSF’s use of electricity, natural gas, anesthesia gases, refrigerant and vehicle fleet), which is an area of leadership for UCSF within the overall Carbon Neutrality Initiative.

Selections will be made by a committee comprised of members of the Academic Senate Committee on Sustainability.

APPLICATION FOR GFI FELLOW

Cover sheet including: applicant name, degree program, contact email and phone number, recommender’s name, department, email and phone number.

One page applicant letter describing the research project to be completed under the fellowship and how it aligns with the UC Global Food Initiative. *Additionally, one fellow will be appointed to lead student engagement and communications efforts at UCSF. This representative will have an additional $1000 available for programming budget and will have the opportunity to participate in leadership meetings of the GFI at UCOP in Oakland—see GFI Student Ambassador document for more detail. If you would like to be considered for the student ambassador role in your application, please include a brief description of goals and objectives.  Previous fellows are encouraged to apply for this role. 

One page recommendation letter from a faculty or staff advisor on the project, to be submitted directly from the recommender as PDF attachment to email.

Applications are due by May 23, 5pm (PDT) to UCSF GFI representative and UCSF Health Sustainability Officer, Dan Henroid (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) 415-353-1348.


SELECTION CRITERIA FOR GFI FELLOW

Significance/approach/innovation: Does the project address an important problem? Are the conceptual framework, design, methods, and analyses adequately developed, well integrated and appropriate to the aims of the project? Does the applicant acknowledge potential problem areas and consider alternative tactics?  Is the proposed work feasible? Are the project aims original and innovative?

Proposed project should be consistent with the UCGFI goal of aligning the university’s research, outreach and operations in a sustained effort to develop, demonstrate and export solutions — throughout California, the U.S. and the world — for food security, health and sustainability.

Preference will be given to research projects focused on food policy (e.g., mechanisms to leverage research for policy change), which is an area of leadership for UCSF within the overall Global Food Initiative.

Selections will be made be made by a committee comprising members of the Academic Senate Committee on Sustainability.

IMPORTANT DATES
May 23, 2017 – Applications Due
May 26, 2017 – Winners announced and forward to UCOP
June 26, 2017 – Work begins with attendance at a system-wide orientation (required)
June/July 2018 – Work concludes with presentation and poster at the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference


OTHER

Awardees are required to attend a system-wide orientation on June 26, 2017. Please review past and current UCSF sustainability activities located at http://sustainability.ucsf.edu to ensure that your topic is novel.

QUESTIONS

CNI Fellowship: For questions about the application process or the Carbon Neutrality Initiative, your program focus or current activities, please contact UCSF CNI Representative and UCSF Campus and Medical Center Sustainability Director, Gail Lee, (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address); 415-502-6315).

GFI Fellowship:  For questions about the application process or the Global Food Initiative, your program focus or current activities, please contact UCSF GFI Representative and UCSF Health Sustainability Officer, Dan Henroid (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address); 415-353-1348).