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Project Burden of Chikungunya and Dengue in Kenya, Kenya, Stanford University (7/1/2013 - 6/30/2018)

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Outbreaks of arthropod-borne viruses, such as dengue (DENV) and chikungunya (CHIKV) viruses, demonstrate the substantial cost and health burden of these emerging/re-emerging health threats to the developing and developed world. In sub-Saharan Africa, routine passive surveillance for these diseases detects only a fraction of their impact, given the high probability of misdiagnosis and unknown levels of transmission across different landscapes and within different susceptible populations.

Project Use of Climate Information in International Negotiations for Adaptation Resources, Stanford University

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Adaptation of vulnerable areas to climate change is---and will continue to be---an important subject of negotiations taking place in several international forums, including the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change; the Major Economies negotiations; and the G-8 talks. Ideally, adaptation assistance to any given nation would be commensurate with the social and economic impacts of future climate change and the cost of the required adaptation measures. Instead, neither is known.

Project Interdisciplinary Research on Introducing Heat-Tolerant Wheat to Bolster Food Security, Stanford University (8/1/2014 - 7/31/2017)

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The project is supported under the NSF Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability Fellows (SEES Fellows) program, with the goal of helping to enable discoveries needed to inform actions that lead to environmental, energy and societal sustainability while creating the necessary workforce to address these challenges. Sustainability science is an emerging field that addresses the challenges of meeting human needs without harm to the environment, and without sacrificing the ability of future generations to meet their needs.

Project Prioritizing Investments in Food Security Under a Changing Climate, Stanford University (2008 - Present)

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A team led by FSE fellow David Lobell has found a valuable, untapped resource in historical data from crop yield trials conducted across sub-Saharan Africa. Combined with weather records, they show that yield losses would occur across 65 percent of maize-growing areas from a temperature rise of a single degree Celsius, even with sufficient water.

Over much of the world, the growing season of 2050 will probably be warmer than the hottest of recent years, with more variable rainfall.

Project Collaboration in Zimbabwe for anesthesiologist training and education research, Stanford University, Department of Anesthesiology

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The University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences (UZCHS) partners with Stanford University to help improve medical education in Zimbabwe. The Department of Anesthesiology at Stanford is leading the anesthesia arm of the program. This year Drs. Crawford and McGoldrick completed a research initiative utilizing the "flipped classroom" technique, where trainees access videos for content, and classroom time focuses on interactive sessions.

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