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Raoul Lievanos awarded two research fellowships

Raoul Lievanos has been awarded a UC Community Forestry and Environmental Research Partnerships (CFERP) Predissertation Fellowship from the Ford Foundation and the UC Berkeley College of Natural Resources in the amount of $2,000 for summer 2008. CFERP fellowships are highly competitive and open to graduate and undergraduate students from all over the U.S. The program goals are (1) to develop good participatory research skills in practitioners, (2) to nurture a new generation of scholars committed to engaging constructively with communities, and (3) to build community capacity to steward natural resources and have a voice in their own affairs. This predissertation fellowship will allow Lievanos to explore potential field sites for future research and will aid him as the current lead field researcher and project manager for the "Environmental Justice Coalition for Water Delta Health Study." Funded additionally by the Rose Foundation and the UC Davis Environmental Justice Project, this project seeks to identify and assess the full range of environmental risks and concerns to human health resulting from poor water quality in the Delta, and sharing this information with participating communities, the broader public, and policy-makers in the Delta Vision Strategic Planning process.

Starting September 2008 and culminating in August 2010, Liévanos will be funded as a research fellow through the UC Toxic Substance Research and Teaching Program and UC Davis Atmospheric Aerosols and Health (AAH) Program. The AAH program is highly competitive and open to all UC Davis graduate students who are (1) enrolled in (but not limited to) disciplines in the social sciences and policy, biological and physical sciences, and engineering, and (2) interested in learning more about atmospheric aerosols. These substances are the complex mixture of particles and pollutant gases in California air and responsible for the deaths of thousands of the state’s inhabitants each year. One of the primary goals of the AAH program is to better understand the factors contributing to California’s relatively highly toxic air and potential policy approaches to this problem. As a member of the AAH program, Liévanos hopes to develop his dissertation relevant to the areas of environmental inequality and ‘fairness in the adaptation to climate change.’

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