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TEDC Faculty Grant Winners were announced during Earth Week 2016.
TEDC Faculty Grant Winners were announced during Earth Week 2016.

2016 TEDC Faculty Grant Winners Announced

TEDC has announced this year’s faculty grant winners and their projects during Earth Week 2016. New School faculty from throughout the university apply policy, design, and social justice perspectives to address critical environmental issues generated by the impacts of climate change and other environmental threats to community well-being. Faculty grant winners will continue their projects throughout the year.

The winners and their projects are:

BEYOND THE POLAR BEARS: ALTERNATIVE VISUALS FOR EXISTING SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS THAT COMMUNICATE TO NEW AUDIENCES
Wendy Popp, Part-time Assistant Professor, BFA Illustration Program, Parsons School of Design

THE TAR SANDS SONGBOOK
Tanya Kalmanovitch, Associate Professor, Mannes School of Music

MOBILIZING MAPS FOR SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES
Stephen Metts, Part-time Lecturer, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy

TESTING THE WATERS
Barent Roth, Part-time Lecturer, BFA Integrated Design Program, Parsons School of Design

FOOD SECURITY
Fabio Parasecoli, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Food Studies, Schools of Public Engagement
Rachel Knopf, Assistant Director of Wellness and Health, Student Health Services

GOOD DRONES FOR GOOD NEIGHBORHOODS
Brian McGrath, Dean, School of Constructed Environments, Parsons School of Design
Mehdi Salehi, Part-time Lecturer, School of Art, Media, and Technology, Parsons School of Design

ADDRESSING ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH RISKS THROUGH COMMUNITY ACTION RESEARCH AND LOCAL KNOWLEDGE
Ivan Ramirez, Assistant Professor of Environmental Health, Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts

“TEDC hasn’t just funded this project — it inspired it,” said Tanya Kalmanovitch. “As a participant in a panel at TEDC’s 2015 “Earth Matters” event, I mentioned how oil had shaped my decision to become a professional musician. The connection I forged in that passing conversation planted a seed of a question that grew in the coming months. What is the relationship between my artistic practice, my environmentalism, and my status as native of Northern Albertan displaced to New York City?”

“TEDC’s Faculty Grants and the TEDC Scholars program are integral to our commitment to advance research by faculty and students from across The New School,” said Michelle DePass, Director of TEDC and Dean of the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy. “Our student and faculty winners will work on a variety of projects ranging from a new open source mapping platform for communities standing in opposition to natural gas development, to examining the health impacts of social dynamics that are vulnerable to climate change. TEDC is proud to support interdisciplinary research and projects that work toward creating just and sustainable real-world solutions through socially engaged design and policy.”

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