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A National Collaborative for Research on Food, Energy, and Water Education (NC-FEW)

Authors: Cory Forbes*, University Of Nebraska - Lincoln, Hannah Scherer, Virginia Tech , Hui-Hui Wang, Purdue University , Nicole Sintov, The Ohio State University
Topics: Geography Education, Anthropocene, Coupled Human and Natural Systems
Keywords: Nexus, food, energy, water, education, research, community, network
Session Type: Poster
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Societies today face an array of global challenges in the Food-Energy-Water-Nexus (FEW-Nexus). Despite compelling evidence for pressing nature of these challenges, the need to foster scientific literacy in today’s global citizens, and necessity of meeting workforce needs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and food, agriculture, natural resources, and human sciences (FANH), as well as investments by NSF and USDA-NIFA in FEW-Nexus research, the education component of these efforts has been underemphasized. There is a need for a sustained and systematic effort focused on education and education research grounded in the FEW-Nexus. Capitalizing on these opportunities will require transdisciplinary collaborations that can be greatly facilitated and enhanced by cultivating a novel and transdisciplinary community focused on FEW-Nexus education research. To begin to address this need, we have recently established a National Collaborative for Research on Food, Energy, and Water Education (NC-FEW), which will serve as a nucleus for transdisciplinary efforts to 1) advance educational programming; 2) foster education research and evaluation; and 3) enhance collaboration around education and education research grounded in the FEW-Nexus. Through cultivation of a transdisciplinary network involving contributors from a wide array of disciplinary backgrounds, NC-FEW will enhance capacity for education research, cultivate significant stakeholder engagement in FEW education efforts, and catalyze external funding to support affiliated activities. NC-FEW’s long-term mission is to serve as a clearinghouse for evaluation of FEW education and outreach programs and as a hub for communication between researchers, educators, scientists, policy-makers, and other stakeholders.

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