Pardee Center Announces 2018 Graduate Summer Fellows

The Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future is pleased to announce its 2018 Graduate Summer Fellows. These 10 outstanding Boston University graduate students represent six different BU schools/colleges: Arts & SciencesSocial Work, the Pardee School, and for the first time in the program’s history, Metropolitan, Communication, and Sargent.

Starting May 29th, the Graduate Summer Fellows will spend 10 weeks at the Pardee House developing research papers to be considered for publication as part of the Pardee Center’s publication series. In addition, Summer Fellows will participate in special programs designed to advance interdisciplinary research and learning and will interact with Pardee Center staff, Faculty Research Fellows and Associates, Visiting Fellows, and post-docs.

The class of 2018 Pardee Graduate Summer Fellows includes:

Kristen Carey, doctoral student, History
She will conduct a historical analysis of demographic policy interventions intended to slow population growth in Tanzania.

Andrea DiGiorgio, doctoral student, Anthropology – Appleton Schneider Fellow*
She will study how to most effectively select natural corridors of conservation land that build bridges for wildlife between rainforest fragments in Indonesia.

Brittany Frederick, doctoral student, Sociology
She will compare international race discourse surrounding Black Lives Matter and analyze the diffusion of narratives and experiences that have motivated the global response to the movement.

Ariana Gunderson, master’s student, Gastronomy
She will study how Massachusetts aquaculturists perceive, experience, and prepare for the effects of climate change.

Ian Kieffer, master’s student, Economic Policy
He will analyze the impact of technological, financial, social, and political factors on developing urban centers’ implementation of sustainable energy systems.

Yeonjung (Jane) Lee, doctoral student, Social Work
She will study the relationship between productive activities (e.g. work and volunteering) and cognitive health outcomes among older adults.

Luca Morreale, doctoral student, Earth & Environment
He will calculate a complete carbon budget for the town of Arlington, Massachusetts, comparing the relative importance of energy efficiency and renewable energy efforts with the carbon offsets provided by public street trees.

Cecilia Pardo, master’s student, Film and Television Studies
She will examine how global environmental change and sustainable development are approached in the programming of four different public television channels.

Katharine Terry, master’s student, Nutrition
She will study the treatment of gestational diabetes as a means of reducing the likelihood of offspring obesity.

Abaas Yunas master’s student, International Affairs & Religion
He will study the massive projected demographic shift of religious affiliation to the global south, and the potential long-term implications these changes will have on development, international affairs, and diplomacy.

More information about the Pardee Center Graduate Summer Fellows Program and previous summer fellows is available here.

*Each year, the Pardee Center Graduate Summer Fellow who is closest to completing his or her doctoral degree is designated as the Appleton Schneider Fellow in honor of BU Alumnus Appleton Schneider, who provided a bequest to the Pardee Center endowment to support the Graduate Summer Fellows program.