Yangfan Li Awarded Green Talents Sustainability Prize

Four Chinese researchers were awarded the renowned “Green Talents” sustainability prize on Thursday. “Climate change, water shortages, a loss of biodiversity and a lack of raw materials – all urgent social challenges which the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research aims to draw to the attention of science, business and politics in Germany in its second programme supporting “Research on sustainable develop- ment”. Achieving sustainability, however, is a global undertaking. Schemes like Green Talents help to promote that cultural plurality and creativity which encourages the de- velopment of global solutions. That is why we intend to intensify global exchange be- tween young researchers in the field of environmental and sustainability research,” explained the Parliamentary State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Thomas Rachel, Member of the German Bundestag at the award ceremony in Berlin.

No fewer than four prize-winners came from China. Zhou Jin, a doctoral student at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, was distinguished for her scientific work on optimisation processes in the field of environmental protection technology. Guan Ting convinced the jury on account of her numerous research projects in the field of environmental politics. She is currently studying for a PhD at Zhejiang University, and is analysing in a case study the role of politics in alleviating social and ecological problems. Dr Li Yangfan of Nanjing University is currently engaged at Cornell University in Ithaca, USA, in research on aspects of urban ecology, and impressed the jury by having produced such a large number of publications on the subject. Dr Xue Bing lectures and researches at the Institute of Applied Ecology in the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and was rewarded by the jury for his research work on industrial ecosystems, which is of great significance in China.


Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy

Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy Adds
Interactive Capabilities to Enhance Scholarly Articles
Teamwork with U.S. National Library of Medicine enables readers to engage with SSPP articles

November 21, 2011 (Bethesda) – As part of a parallel mission to enhance scholarly communication, editors of Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy (SSPP) and the U.S. National Library of Medicine worked together to transform two SSPP articles from traditional static documents into self-contained, multimedia-rich interactive publications.  They are the debut pieces in SSPP’s initiative to create articles that engage and respond to the reader.

The 2008 SSPP article, A modest proposal: global rationalization of ecological footprint to eliminate ecological debt by Brian Ohl, Steven Wolf, & William Anderson and 2011 article, Using Q-methodology to identify local perspectives on wildfires in two Koyukon Athabascan communities in rural Alaska by Lily Ray can be viewed using a web-based application called Panorama Lite developed by the Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications, an R&D division of the U.S. National Library of Medicine.  This visualization and analysis tool enables readers to display and explore figures, illustrations, charts, tables, video and images, transforming fixed, scholarly articles into dynamic publications with interactive capabilities.

SSPP’s interactive articles allow the reader to go beyond the printed page and into author-provided data to derive new relationships and analyses and then, export the material for scientific research. This refreshing take on the data and statistical tools enhances understanding of the content and establishes a platform for deeper analysis of material in tables and charts.

For more information about Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy, please access http://sspp.proquest.com. To learn more about Panorama Lite, visit http://archive.nlm.nih.gov/proj/ip.php.


Amy Forrester
Managing Editor
Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy

2011 Global Environmental Action Conference Tokyo, Japan

Sr. Extension Associate Keith Tidball was invited to present at the GEA International Conference 2011 entitled Building Sustainable Societies through Reconstruction, Working with the International Community for Regenerating Japan,” held in Tokyo, Japan on 14th and 15th of October, 2011. The Conference was opened with the attendance of H.I.H Crown Prince, Naruhito, GEA Chairman, Mr. Juro Saito and Mr.Yoshihiko Noda Prime Minister of Japan. Director-General of GEA, Ms. Wakako Hironaka presided over the Conference as its Chair. Sr Extension Associate Keith Tidball.

Japan’s Crown Prince Naruhito

Japan’s Prime Minister Noda

Keith  Tidball of Cornell University Civic  Ecology Lab and NY EDEN

The conference was organized by the Global Environmental Action (GEA) supported by the Government of Japan, namely, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, and Ministry of the Environment. The Conference aimed to undertake a high-level policy dialogue in order to articulate concrete measures to realize sustainable societies not only in Japan, but also in the international community, capitalizing on Japan’s experience of the recent earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disasters.