Dr. Walter Dodds, University Distinguished Professor of Biology and the Edwin G. and Lillian J. Brychta chair at Kansas State University (KSU) as well as the Co-PI of the Kansas NSF EPSCoR RII Track-1 Award OIA-1656006 titled: Microbiomes of Aquatic, Plant, and Soil Systems across Kansas (MAPS) project has published a new book titled The World’s Worst Problems. His book applies a scientific to evaluating global problems and details why certain issues humanity is facing are more severe than others. Using scientific means provides an accountability of how people are dying and suffering from those issues that is void of bias and emotion. By taking a scientific approach, Dodds was able to quantify, categorize and rank each world problem based on the danger it presented, the probability of death resulting from it and the level of human suffering caused by it. In addition, he looks at the economic costs to solving each problem and also proposes possible solutions form a social science perspective. He hopes the book will help people quantify global problems and provide a guide to figuring out possible solutions that will make the world a better place and possibly lead to creation of policy.
- NSF EPSCoR is hosting virtual office hours to share information about the RII Track 4
- MAPS REU student, Gretchen Wichman, makes it rain over the riparian zone to better understand riparian-stream connections.
- Registration is now open for the 2021 Annual MAPS Symposium
- The Haskell Environmental Research Studies (HERS) summer internship program for Ingenious students is now accepting applications for the June 6 – July 30, 2021 session
- Ecosystems of Kansas Summer Institute is accepting applications for the summer of 2021