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SESYNC Audio Interviews

SESYNC Audio Interviews

By SESYNC Communications

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) brings together the science of the natural world with the science of human behavior and decision-making to find solutions to complex environmental problems. In these audio interviews, we delve into the interdisciplinary research being conducted at the center by talking with SESYNC researchers about their fascinating findings.
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Food Waste Reduction—Harnessing Interdisciplinary Science to Get to Real-World Solutions with Dr. Quentin Read

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Putting People Into Climate Models—A New Frontier
Putting People Into Climate Models—A New Frontier
The issue of climate change is both existential and urgent. Climate activists around the world continue to call for systemic changes from governments, green technology investments from industries, and sometimes even scientific acceptance from individuals. But that begs some questions, what if we did change our behaviors?  What if we as individuals, conglomerates, and perhaps most importantly, political governing bodies, headed our own advice—how much would that change the projected increases in global temperatures? Today we are talking with experts in the rather new field of integrating human behavior into climate change models, Drs. Brian Beckage and Katie Lacasse. For a full transcript of this interview, see SESYNC's learning materials page here. 
40:41
July 28, 2022
Trailer for Episode 4: Putting People Into Climate Models—A New Frontier
Trailer for Episode 4: Putting People Into Climate Models—A New Frontier
The issue of climate change is both existential and urgent. Climate activists around the world continue to call for systemic changes from governments, green technology investments from industries, and sometimes even scientific acceptance from individuals. But that begs some questions, what if we did change our behaviors?  What if we as individuals, conglomerates, and perhaps most importantly, political governing bodies, headed our own advice—how much would that change the projected increases in global temperatures? Today we are talking with experts in the rather new field of integrating human behavior into climate change models, Drs. Brian Beckage and Katie LaCasse. Stay tuned for the full episode—out soon!
01:16
May 04, 2022
Air Quality Inequality, Clip from Episode 2
Air Quality Inequality, Clip from Episode 2
This clip from episode 2: Measuring Air Quality to Improve Health Equity with Dr. Kelly Jones highlights the issue of air quality inequality.  
01:23
April 21, 2022
Preserving Species by Protecting Habitats with Dr. Varsha Vijay
Preserving Species by Protecting Habitats with Dr. Varsha Vijay
Protecting habitats is essential to the preservation of species and as such, conservationists stress the importance of not only maintaining, but expanding, what are known as protected areas. However, at the same time, there is an increasing demand for food production. As cropland is responsible for widespread habitat loss, this presents an increasingly urgent issue, especially in areas with both high biodiversity and high food insecurity. To address this problem, Dr. Varsha Vijay, who is a former SESYNC postdoctoral fellow, and her colleagues published a paper in which they established a baseline estimate of where and why cropland occurs inside of protected areas globally. Join us as we discuss their findings and how they envision this new information can be used to help ensure the long-term efficacy of protected areas in meeting both ecological and socio-economic goals of conservation.  See the full transcript here: https://www.sesync.org/full-transcript-%E2%80%93-interview-preserving-species-by-protecting-habitats-with-dr-varsha-vijay Check out Varsha's work here: https://www.varshavijay.com.  Learn more about SESYNC here: https://www.sesync.org. 
20:25
November 23, 2021
Measuring Air Quality to Improve Health Equity with Dr. Kelly Jones
Measuring Air Quality to Improve Health Equity with Dr. Kelly Jones
Breath. It gives us life. From the moment we enter the world and throughout our days we take in the air around us. But for some of us taking each breath is not always easy. Asthma affects approximately one in eight individuals in the United States and has effects ranging from minor inconveniences to loss of school time for children or even loss of life. But, in order to ameliorate this problem, a better understanding of what causes asthma is needed. For instance, how does the neighborhood environment relate to hospitalizations due to respiratory illness for children? This is the question that former SESYNC postdoc and registered nurse, Dr. Kelly Jones wanted to answer... Full transcript available here.  Musical Attributions: Dirtbike Lovers by Blue Dot Sessions is licensed under an Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
24:41
September 23, 2021
Food Waste Reduction—Harnessing Interdisciplinary Science to Get to Real-World Solutions with Dr. Quentin Read
Food Waste Reduction—Harnessing Interdisciplinary Science to Get to Real-World Solutions with Dr. Quentin Read
Food. We all need it, and most of us love it. It keeps our bodies moving, sometimes encourages us to learn new skills, and brings us together. But what about the food that goes uneaten? Well, there is hardly a person today who is not aware to some extent that food waste, especially in the United States, is a problem. But here at SESYNC, we are focused on finding solutions—solutions to complex environmental problems—and food waste is no exception. But how do we do it? The answer is interdisciplinary science. Today, we’re talking with Dr. Quentin Read about his research to find real-world solutions to this intractable situation and how these efforts are one piece in a larger puzzle to create a more sustainable food system. Quentin is a data scientist at SESYNC who helps international teams of researchers process, analyze, and manage big complex datasets. Starting out as a postdoctoral research fellow at SESYNC, Quentin and his team focused on modeling the impacts of the food system on human and natural communities by using techniques from ecology, environmental science, and economics. Let’s hear what they’ve found... Full transcript available here. Musical Attributions: Dirtbike Lovers by Blue Dot Sessions is licensed under an Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. Wind chimes harmony.mp3 by Almusic34 is licensed under an Attribution 4.0 International License.
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August 23, 2021