Judges’ Queries and Presenter’s Replies

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    Leslie Ruyle

    Coordinator
    May 22, 2012 | 09:03 a.m.

    Interesting project! It sounds like it holds a lot of promise and will be one to keep an eye on as it evolves.

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    Aleia McCord

    Presenter
    May 22, 2012 | 11:52 a.m.

    Thanks Leslie! All I can say is… it takes a village….

    We are headed over to Uganda this summer for some more on-the-ground planning and analysis. We’ll be piloting the service learning project at a rural school in western Uganda, and trying to get a better handle on whats involved with sustainable business development in Kampala.

    We are excited to keep learning from our successes and failures and hope to have more updates to share with the IGERT community soon.

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    Aleia McCord

    Presenter
    May 22, 2012 | 11:51 a.m.

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  • Icon for: Annie Aigster

    Annie Aigster

    Coordinator
    May 22, 2012 | 03:37 p.m.

    Interesting topic and research. The poster is very nicely done and visually appealing. Great collaborations from four continents. I look forward to seeing results on this project. Great job!

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    Aleia McCord

    Presenter
    May 23, 2012 | 10:14 a.m.

    Thanks Annie! Sometimes when we find ourselves SKYPING at 2:00am, we wonder whether or not collaborating across four continents is really necessary….

    :)

    But seriously… Personally, I am so thankful to be working with such a great group of inspiring people who continue to challenge me to think in new ways. Its been a great opportunity that has taught all of us so much about working across cultures and geographies.

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    Peter August

    Faculty
    May 22, 2012 | 04:00 p.m.

    Aleia: Great poster and video intro. I like how you tell your story through the lens of the evolution of an idea. Discovery and application of new technologies to solve problems has a strong non-linear path. Many productive turns are the result of you and your team recognizing interesting opportunities. Well done.

  • Icon for: Aleia McCord

    Aleia McCord

    Presenter
    May 23, 2012 | 10:14 a.m.

    Thanks Peter!
    You know you have a great team and an important project when you can honestly say that no matter what the outcome, the work was worth it! Even if our grand vision is ultimately unattainable, everyone has exercised their creative muscles and learned more than we could have ever hoped for about the importance of persistence, patience, and flexibility. The experience really builds confidence in one’s professional capacity to respond and adapt to new information, criticism, and change. We’re lucky to have such supportive faculty here at UW-Madison who encourage us to take risks on big ideas. We wouldn’t be here without them!

    Warm wishes,
    Aleia

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    Vijay Limaye

    Trainee
    May 23, 2012 | 10:27 a.m.

    Fantastic work, Aleia! You’ve done a skillful job of explaining how biogas generation can help address complex and linked problems of sustainability, energy security, and responsible development.

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    Aleia McCord

    Presenter
    May 23, 2012 | 04:08 p.m.

    Thanks Vijay! I couldn’t do it without the support of a talented cohort of CHANGE agents…. :)

  • Icon for: Steve Zicari

    Steve Zicari

    Trainee
    May 25, 2012 | 09:31 a.m.

    Great Job to you and your team. Keep up the good work. I and many here at UC Davis are huge proponents of AD as a technology that can be implemented at many scales to improve resource use efficiency and enable positive development. Let us know how we can track your progress and if you find yourself looking for collaboratory participation, let us know!

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Icon for: Aleia McCord

ALEIA MCCORD

University of Wisconsin at Madison
Years in Grad School: 3

The evolution of a transdisciplinary idea

In Spring 2010, five IGERT students developed a collaboration with the Wisconsin Bioenergy Initiative to explore Wisconsin’s biogas opportunity. Two years later, the project includes stakeholders from across four continents and continues to evolve in unexpected ways. Here we share the story of how this interdisciplinary project started, how it changed, and where it might be heading.