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Three CALS projects receive Global Health Institute awards

The Global Health Institute recently awarded eight Graduate Student Research Awards, one Faculty-Staff Travel Award and three Visiting Scholar Awards in amounts from $2,500 to $8,000. The awards go to students, faculty, staff and visiting scholars from across campus.

This year’s CALS recipients include:

Corbett Grainger, an assistant professor in Agricultural and Applied Economics, will use a Faculty and Staff Travel Award to look at the impact of energy subsidies focusing on Indonesia. “Eliminating fossil fuel subsidies must be a priority if greenhouse gas emissions are to be reduced,” he writes, but they remain a challenge politically due to support from individuals and industries who benefit the most from them.”

Austin Williams, a graduate research assistant in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, will use a Graduate Student Research Award to understand better the relationship between built environment and health outcomes. He will look at whether health determinants such as obesity shift how individuals value neighborhood amenities, develop new estimates of the value of living close to public parks and gyms, and estimate the value of open space.

Thanicha Ruangmas, a graduate student in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, will use a Graduate Student Research Award to analyze changes to the price and infrastructure of liquified petroleum gas (LPG) on household fuel use in Thailand, where 70 percent of households still rely on biomass for cooking. In a second stage of the project, the project will assess if and how decreased biomass use affects infant mortality.

For more on the GHI programs: http://bit.ly/25BoOQw.

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