“Unseen Guardians: Rural Colombian Women and the Earth” showcases women coffee growers from Risaralda, Colombia, who are facing climate change. The photo exhibit highlights the complexity and humanity of these women and pays tribute to their unseen labor and role in both food security and responding to the challenges posed by climate change to their livelihoods and families.
Over 800 million people in the world go hungry; that's 1 in 9 of our fellow humans. You can help people suffering from hunger by understanding why this problem happens in a world with plenty of food. Every day this month, I will release one 60-second video on hunger for the holiday season. Together we can solve big problems, but first we have to understand them. Now let's learn!
I share here an 8-part lecture series on artificial intelligence and communication. While artificial intelligence is regularly masked in mystery and may seem intimidating and impenetrable, it can be readily taught and learned. This series is an introductory course on the basics of an algorithm and artificial intelligence in a communication context, with the primary purpose of informing learners of their impact on current communication practices (media, organizational, personal) and developing analytical and strategic thinking around the future of communication and AI.
I near the end of my PhD program at Purdue University and am happy to invite you to join my virtual dissertation defense. This is a culmination of my research in Colombia on climate change adaptation for the past three years. I welcome you to join!
El cambio climático es una amenaza real para la cadena de suministro de café colombiano. Hay más de 300,000 caficultores en Colombia cuyos medios de vida se ven amenazados por un clima cada vez más caótico, y adicional a eso, el sector cafetero en Colombia proporciona empleo a más de 2 millones de personas. Llevamos a cabo una investigación con una comunidad en particular, los caficultores de Colombia, para comprender cómo conceptualizan el cambio climático y cómo comunican sus experiencias con él desde su perspectiva y en sus propias palabras.
Climate change is a real threat to the Colombian coffee supply chain. There are more than 300,000 coffee farmers in Colombia whose livelihoods are being threatened by an increasingly chaotic climate, and the coffee sector in Colombia provides jobs for over 2 million people. We conducted research with coffee farmers in Colombia to understand how they conceptualize climate change and how they communicate their experiences with it from their perspective and in their own words.
Edited volumes, or anthologies, are very popular in research and academia. Several experts each contribute a chapter on their topic to form one book on a particular subject. An editor, or editors, oversees and manages the process. From January 2016 to May 2018, I went through the process of co-editing (with my colleague Ken Foster) How to Feed the World, which united 17 researchers’ contributions in one book. This was the first book I edited, and I learnt a lot from this process
We all want to be smart about our news. The catch is that no one is teaching you how to do that. Avoiding fake news (news that IS NOT true and exists solely to trick you into believing something that is wrong), clickbait (media that is outrageous just so you'll click on it and they'll get add revenues) and understanding biased sources is incredibly important. I made this video to show you how to become media savvy and check your news sources when scrolling through social media or looking something up online.
The Conversation: Colombia's coffee industry is at risk due to unpredictable seasons, floods, landslides, droughts and pests. Farmers say they want to learn to adapt to these environmental changes but don't know how.
This piece is the final of four I will publish this spring in which I describe particular techniques used to make sense of or mine large data sets. This post covers machine learning.