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March 2015

© 2014 Sarah E. Rich, Science Initiative Group              © 2014 SciDev.Net
 
This year, RISE-SSAWRN PhD graduates Moseki Motsholapheko and Paul Mensah (L to R, above; photos are linked to their RISE graduate webpages) were selected as the spring semester Duke University Africa Initiative Visiting Scholars.
 
The Duke Africa Initiative (AI) is part of Duke University's global efforts and aims to increase the profile of Africa on the Durham campus. The AI – founded in 2011 with funding from the Provost and the Office of Global Strategy and Programs – brings together scholars across disciplines with an interest in Africa. As part of its mission, the AI sponsors programming featuring prominent Africanist scholars and contemporary figures, awards small grants to faculty members and students, provides funding for course development, and administers an annual Visiting Scholars Program.
 
 

February 2015

Mr. Mathews Tsirizeni (SSAWRN)
 
Ecosystem services (ES) are the benefits that societies obtain from nature. These include the direct provision of material goods, such as food, fuel and fiber; the regulation of undesired events, such as climate change and flooding; and many non-material benefits, such as sense of identity or aesthetic enjoyment. Mastering the discourse of ES is crucial to meeting the challenges of sustainability in the 21st century. Yet, due to the complexity of understanding and modeling ES provision, use and flow, operational ES-driven management remains a challenge.
 
SSAWRN PhD student Mathews Tsirizeni has been accepted to the 2015 International Spring University on Ecosystem Services Modeling, which will take place April 7-17, 2015 at Bizkaia Aretoa in Bilbao, Spain. The 2015 International Spring University is the third edition of an annual 2-week intensive course that aims to build a new generation of actors in research, policy and management, who can develop and apply ecosystem service models to address issues of sustainability. The course will follow a problem-based learning paradigm, teaching and demonstrating advanced ES theory and modeling techniques using case studies defined by the participants. It is organized by the Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3) with the collaboration of other international non-profit and academic institutions, including Conservation International, Earth Economics, and the University of Vermont.
 
 

January 2015

by Edward W. Lempinen
 
 
For much of his career, former TWAS President Jacob Palis was an advocate for science in the developing world — first in Brazil, and then globally. The Abdus Salam Medal reflects his commitment to the vision and ideals of TWAS's founder.
 
 

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