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February 6, 2012

CLF Announces Carl Taylor Research Grant Recipients

The Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future has announced the recipients of its 2012-2013 Carl Taylor Research and Practice Grant Program.

Elena Broaddus, a first year MSPH student in the Department of International Health at Bloomberg School of Public Health, received the grant for her plans to evaluate Baltimore’s Real Food Farms high school internship program in order to inform recommendations for strengthening and expanding opportunities for youth engagement in sustainable agriculture. Broaddus will examine student motivation, increases in knowledge about sustainable agriculture, and their future goals.

Siran He, an MSPH student in the Department of International Health, was awarded the grant to complete information processing and data analysis for the Navajo Healthy Stores (NHS) project, conducted by the Center for Human Nutrition at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. This project is an intervention trial to change the food environment in multiple areas of the Navajo Nation. Siran will be managing and analyzing the primary impact data collected on the Navajo Nation, examining the impact of the intervention on psychosocial measures, food behaviors and health status.

Adam Voiland, a Johns Hopkins University master’s student majoring in Science-Medical Writing, received the award for his proposal to conduct a detailed journalistic investigation of pawpaw agriculture. “The pawpaw, which is native to the mid-Atlantic region, has great but largely unrealized potential to offer Americans a local and sustainable alternative to bananas and other tropical fruit,” said Voiland in his grant application.

The Carl Taylor Research and Practice Grants provide resources in support of Johns Hopkins University (JHU) master’s degree students for innovative research and practice projects on topics relevant to the complex interrelationships among food production, diet, environment and public health.  The grants are intended to help students develop projects, and ultimately, careers, investigating interdisciplinary topics relevant to achieving a livable future–by improving food systems and health for all while using natural resources sustainably and creating a world that future generations deserve. Grants are awarded in amounts up to $1,500 for master’s degree final projects. More information is available at the Center for a Livable Future website.

The grant program honors the memory of Carl Taylor, MD, DrPH, founding chair of the Department of International Health at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, a mentor and inspiration to many throughout the public health field, and an early supporter of the Center for a Livable Future.