Africa Center Leadership in the News

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Kathleen Galvin held an international workshop January 28-31, 2015 on Dryland Collaborative Institutions and Innovative Transformations to Sustainability. A group of academics, scholars, managers and practitioners of dryland collaboratives from Mongolia, Kenya and the US met to ‘discover, dream, design and deliver’ research for a Knowledge Network  for addressing natural resource problems in rangelands. Collaboratives/conservancies constitute a new kind of problem-solving organization for sustainable drylands.

The International Social Science Council (ISSC) has awarded Kathleen Galvin  (Anthropology, SoGES), a Transformations to Sustainability grant of € 30,000 for 6 months  to develop a Transformative Knowledge Network on the World’s Rangelands through Social Change.  Galvin and her team will bring together researchers and practitioners from Kenya, Mongolia and the US Great Plains to CSU to develop a large three-year proposal for an internationally comparative research program on rangeland sustainability.

Kathleen Galvin, Director of The Africa Center, has been elected for The Nature Conservancy in Colorado Board of Trustees. The announcement was made in The Nature Conservancy in Colorado press release on October 20, 2014:

Team members of The Africa Center, Kathleen Galvin and Robin Reid, report on the increase in community-based conservancies in Kenya and how these transformations are benefiting wildlife, livestock, and human well-being.

Robin Reid of Colorado State University has received the 2014 Michael P. Malone International Leadership Award for her career of significant contributions to advancing international education at public and land-grant institutions. Reid was one of three recipients of the Malone Award, which is sponsored by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU).

Colorado State University is among five other higher education institutions that was awarded the NAFSA 2013 Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization!!

CSU and the University of Nairobi (UoN) partnered to open a Center for Sustainable Dryland Ecosystems and Societies (CSDES), which focuses on research and education to address the sustainability challenges of Kenya’s underdeveloped drylands. Read more to see what fellow SAES member and director of CSU's Center for Collaborative Conservation Robin Reid, a centerpiece in fostering the relationship between CSU and UoN, has to say about the the development and future of the partnership.

The American Anthropological Association's (AAA) Global Climate Change Task Force (GCTF) just wrapped up a three day seminar at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The task force met, including our very own SAES member Kathleen Galvin, to discuss and critique papers on the issues where anthropology connects to climate change and climate change policy.

Robin Reid recently published her book entitled Savannas of Our Birth.  The book is a compelling story of the role that East African savannas played in shaping human evolution and the current state of human-environmental interactions in these drylands under global environmental change, population growth, and globalization.    Among many other topics, she addresses the notion that herding is often compatible with wildlife, and that pastoral land use sometimes enriches savanna landscapes and encourages biodiversity. Congratulations on your achievement Robin!

Drylands across the developed and developing world are experiencing increases in water scarcity, drought frequency, and temperatures as a result of global climate change. This affects people on a daily basis.  Still, the U.S. has not taken significant action to tackle climate change issues, even though it has contributed the most carbon dioxide per capita than any other country.  See what our fellow SAES member, Kathleen Galvin, has to say in her call to action on climate change.  

The Africa Center members, Robin Reid and Kathleen Galvin, have recently received the 2012 Ecological Society of America Sustainability Science Award for their collaborative paper, “Evolution of models to support community and policy action with science: Balancing pastoral livelihoods and wildlife conservation in savannas of East Africa.”  The paper is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Congratulations Robin and Kathy!


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