The California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), a partnership of UC San Diego and UC Irvine, houses over 1,000 researchers across the two campuses, organized around more than 50 projects on the future of telecommunications and information technology and how these technologies will transform a range of applications important to the California economy and its citizens’ quality of life. Calit2 is an experiment in inventing the collaborative research environment for the digital future.
* Creates research teams consisting of members from multiple academic departments often across multiple campuses. These teams integrate individuals’ deep expertise across a broad range of disciplines to enable more comprehensive studies beyond those led by single principal investigators.
* Extends involvement beyond faculty to students, industry, government, and community partners.
* Enables prototyping in Calit2 “living laboratories of the future.” These labs make it possible to push projects one step beyond academic theory and peer-reviewed publishing to building and testing integrated systems under realworld conditions.
* Provides technical professionals as the bridge between academia and industry to support activity in the living labs.
UC San Diego Superfund Research Program
The UCSD Superfund Research Program (SRP) is funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). The NIEHS supports a holistic approach to research (including research translation and outreach) for the protection of human health. This is accomplished through interdisciplinary programs that integrate biomedical research with engineering, hydrogeologic, and ecologic components within the context of unique scientific themes. The UCSD SRP identifies and characterizes genomic stress responses elicited by waterborne pollutants found at Superfund sites. Our location in a coastal environment and transboundary watershed that spans the U.S.-Mexico border creates unique challenges for protecting environmental public health.
The Research Translation Core has four specific aims:
1. Build partnerships with government agencies and Tribal science labs to advance the practical contributions of toxicogenomics in environmental policy and planning at watershed and foodshed scales of analaysis;
2. Evaluate the utility of molecular biomarkers/biosensors, microtechnologies and bioremediation as new biological models/methods for improving environmental monitoring, risk assessment and remediation;
3. Organize technology showcases, entrepreneurs/innovators forums and educational workshops to foster the commercial development and utilization of innovative SRP technologies; and
4. Communicate complex research findings to broad audiences through periodic workshops; symposia; participation in regional, national and international conferences; publications, and Web-based systems.
The Community Outreach Core has five aims:
1. Build the capacity of vulnerable Tribes and urban poor communities in US EPAs Region 9 and along the U.S.-Mexico border to assess, prioritize and address environmental and public health concerns stemming from Superfund toxicants;
2. Work closely with tribal and border partners to develop science-based, collaborative projects that raise community awareness of environment and public health concerns while building capacity for dealing with such concerns through better planning and improved decision-making;
3. Build a web-based knowledge commons network (i.e., a publically accessible information resource, contact hub and place to share pilot solutions modeled after our successful Regional Workbench Consortium) that relates our SRP efforts to emergent environmental health science issues along the U.S.-Mexico border and efforts to address them in the context of tribal science, policy and planning;
4. Host regional gatherings of tribal and border leaders and scientists to periodically assess regional needs and priorities, develop research agendas and track progress with community input, as well as strengthen university-community-government partnerships; and
5. Co-author a series of papers, articles, and other publications with community partners.
Glolbal Planning Educators Interest Group (GPEIG): http://www.gpeig.org/
The Global Planning Educators Interest Group (GPEIG) is an advocacy organization within the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP). The ACSP is a consortium of university-based programs in the U.S. offering credentials in urban and regional planning. ACSP member school programs and faculty collaborate to express their shared commitments to understanding the dynamics of urban and regional development, enhancing planning practices, and improving the education of both novice and experienced planners. Some GPEIG members participate in the Global Planning Education Association Network (GPEAN). GPEAN is a worldwide network of national (including the ACSP) and multi-national associations of university level planning programs and schools in urban and regional planning. GPEAN facilitates international communication on equal terms amongst university planning communities worldwide in order to improve the quality and visibility of planning pedagogy, research and practice, and to promote ethical, sustainable, multi-cultural, gender-sensitive, participatory planning.
GPEIG’s mission is to enable planning educators and students to collaboratively:
1. Share global perspectives in planning education and research,
2. Foster an understanding of the global perspectives in planning education and research,
3. Foster an understanding of the global context of local and regional issues; and
4. Engender an appreciation of and respect for cultural, economic, and political dimensions of planning; and the recognition of the rich array of planning processes that can be fully appreciated only by learning about what is being done in other countries.
The Global ARC is building a diverse network of local, regional, national, and global partners. The social networks and web infrastructure enable scholars and community-based organizations to work together for just sustainability. Community-based organizations are active partners in building the network. In the process they can gain exposure for their causes on regional and global scales, get access to action researchers and student interns among other university resources, enhance their organizational development and learning capacity, encourage use-inspired and problem solving science that can benefit communities in need, and draw strength from numbers to the extent their group is able to rally efforts beyond their borders.
If you would like to become formally affiliated with The Global ARC as a partner, contact Keith Pezzoli, Ph.D., at email@example.com