Tracking the lost crops of the ancient world

By Public Affairs on April 21, 2016 in Climate, Environment, News, Plants

Why some crops became globally important in the last 400 years, while others were ‘lost’ in our modern food-webs, remains a bit of a mystery, says Xinyi Liu, assistant professor of archaeology but “changes in ecological, culinary, and cultural importance all played roles.” Click here to read the ...

Washington University students Taylor Blevin and Talia Rubnitz advocating for a low limit on carbon emissions at COP21 in Paris.

What students say about climate change

By Public Affairs on April 18, 2016 in Climate, Environment, News, Sustainability

The six Washington University students who went to the Conference of the Parties (COP21) climate negotiations in Paris are well prepared, resilient, tough-minded and in this fight for the duration. Click here to read the full article and learn about their experiences as student observers and see ...

Xinyi Liu, PhD, assistant professor of archaeology gives progress report on his I-CARES funded research focused on studying the archaeology of food domestication. (PHOTO: Myra Lopez, April 2, 2016)

2015 I-CARES funding recipients report on findings

By myralopez on April 5, 2016 in Biofuels, Climate, Energy, Environment, News

Thermal troubles in the tropics. The impact of aerosol emissions in South Asia. A study of heavy metals in St. Louis-area urban gardens. Those are just some of the research projects that received seed funding in 2015 from the International Center for Advanced Renewable Energy and Sustainability a...

Photo of water pouring into hands.

Water: Vital for life (Engineering Momentum magazine)

By Public Affairs on March 11, 2016 in News, Water

Engineers in the School of Engineering & Applied Science are playing a major role in solving the world’s water crisis. A trio of I-CARES funded researchers is tackling water issues from unique angles. Read more about their efforts in Engineering Momentum magazine.

Photo of Thomas and Jennifer Hillman Hall, the newest building for the Brown School. Cover page of the recent edition of the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan for Sustainable Operations.

2015-2020 Strategic Plan for Sustainable Operations

By campus on March 10, 2016 in News, Sustainability

Climate change and environmental degradation are among the greatest challenges humanity faces in the 21st century. Institutions of higher education have a crucial role to play and Washington University is fully committed to being part of the solution. Washington University created its first insti...

Photo of a corn field under a bright blue sky.

Himadri Pakrasi: the Future is Bright for Food, Feed and Fuels

By Public Affairs on October 9, 2015 in Energy, Plants, Video

As part of the Science in St. Louis seminar series, I-CARES Director Himadri Pakrasi will present “Engineering Biology and Energy from the Sun: the Future is Bright for Food, Feed and Fuels.” The Pakrasi Lab studies how cyanobacteria use solar energy to drive the chemistry of life. Sc...

Crickette Sanz (right), Associate Professor of Anthropology, conducting research in the Republic of Congo's Goualougo Triangle.

Sustainable logging practices and the future of African great apes

By myralopez on October 2, 2015 in Environment, News

Demand for natural resources, new emerging economies and growing domestic needs in Sub-Saharan African countries have rapidly ushered in an era of industrial capitalism. Within central Africa this means a recent expansion of industrial timber extraction that is endangering one of the last strongh...

Biology Professor Joseph Jez (right) and Suchismita Roy work in Jez's lab.

Student logs time at Washington University as part of binational consortium

By myralopez on September 8, 2015 in News

“It’s a lot like trying to make rock candy out of sugar,” said Joseph Jez, of the research that goes on in the cold room in his lab. For two weeks this past August (2015), Suchismita Roy, a graduate student from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi, India, filled hundreds of trays with ...