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SUBJECTRESEARCH QUESTIONEMAIL/PHONE CONTACTAVAILABILITY/COMMITMENT: Please state the number of hours you would like to commit to volunteering and how you would like to spend those hours.BIOGRAPHY/MOTIVATION: Please provide a one or two sentence description of why you are interested in facilitating Oakland High students' senior thesis and what skills/qualifications you can provide.
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Fictional Example Please contact Erin Conlisk, erin.conlisk@gmail.com, 858-776-2939 for questions about this volunteer opportunityHow has attendance at public school in California changed since Prop 13 (1978)? How has that created a disparity between public and private school students' access to colleges?(1) Jane Doe, jane@doe.edu, (2) John Smith, john@smith.com 510-550-7734(1) Jane - 2 hours: I would like to put the OHS student in touch with my colleague Robert Reich, (2) John - 2 hours/week: I would like to help the student research and write, meeting every other week after school at Oakland High (I am a registered OUSD volunteer)(1) Jane: I am a Professor of Public Policy at CSU East Bay and think I can connect the student to someone who can help, (2) John: I am good at writing and like to read non-fiction. I think I could help the student get started on research and am dying to know the answer to this question.
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General Purpose EditingOffer to help students find resources and edit writing.(1) Gordon Bauer, gbauer@berkeley.edu (2) Rachel Dornhelm, rdornhelm@berkeley.edu, (3) Sabrina Berdux Cohen, sberdux@gmail.com (4) Jennifer Nickel, jnickel123@gmail.com 5) Monica Kaldani-Nasif, mmnasif@msn.com, 6) Jessica Scully, jessica.m.scully@gmail.com(1) Gordon - I don't have expertise in any of the areas listed on the doc, but I'd be happy to help with writing/editing and general research techniques. My main constraint is that I don't have a car. (2) Rachel - Happy to be a resource for writing/editing questions and feedback. (3) Sarbina - Help a senior with college applications, writing, etc. (4) I can committ to two hours a week. 5) I can commit one to two hours a week. 6) I can commit to two to three hours per week.(1) Gordon - I am a graduate student at UC Berkeley's Energy and Resources Group studying the intersection between sustainable technology and individual behavior, and how the use of technology can be influenced to optimally achieve sustainability goals. (2) Rachel - I have worked in journalism, specifically public radio, for many years and am currently back in school in a masters program for social work. Have gone through OUSD volunteer certification, (3) Sabrina - I am a Deputy City Attorney with the City and County of San Francisco. (4) I am an Educational Therapist and Reading Intervention Specialist. I am trained in helping students conceptualize, organize and execute writing projects. 5) I have been an HR/Recruiting leader and am passitional about helping students and early career talent. 6) I'm a writer and editor and have taught writing classes at a number of universities. Formerly a journalist, I have abouth eight years' experience covering health and education disparities.
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SOCIAL JUSTICE THEMED
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Foster care, mental healthWhy are foster youth more at risk for mental and behavioral health than their peers in the U.S.?1) Jennifer Nickel, jnickel123@gmail.com1) I can put students in touch with someone I know who has worked with foster youth for years, knows the system really well(1) I am an Educational Therapist and Reading Intervention Specialist. I am trained in helping students conceptualize, organize and execute writing projects.
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Foster careWhat are the developmental issues foster care youth go through when they are in the system in California and what can we do to improve the system?1) Jennifer Nickel, jnickel123@gmail.com
2) Julia Hernandez, juliah@berkeley.edu
1) I can put students in touch with someone I know who has worked with foster youth for years, knows the system really well
2) Julia - 1 hr/wk for mentoring in research and writing
(1) I am an Educational Therapist and Reading Intervention Specialist. I am trained in helping students conceptualize, organize and execute writing projects.
2) Julia - I am a child welfare/foster care researcher. I have an MSW (with a focus on children and family services) and am currently conducting research on ways to improve the child welfare system for my dissertation. In the past, I worked as a consultant for the San Francisco Department of Family and Children’s Services, helping the agency develop and implement improvements to its system.
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Domestic violence in the mediaHow does the media and public portray or feel about domestic violence and how will it affect victims of domestic violence and kids that are in school.1) Allison Rodriguez, allison.rodriguez@berkeley.edu 2) Esther Pearl esther@campreelstories.com1) I can help students determine research methods and refer them to resources, as well as offer a little bit of mentoring. I am only available over email at the moment, but could plan a short meeting over winter break. 2) 1 hr a week, I can help students determine media sources, research who creates and distributes media and how that affects what is reaching a wide audience.1) I am an MSW MPH student and I worked with an organization that did research on this topic over the summer. 2) I run a media organization for middle school and high school girls and have created curriculum about media bias
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Education, OnlineTo what extent do students learn more efficiently in online teaching or traditional teaching?
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Education, Charter schoolsHow do charter schools impact academic outcomes including graduation, employment, and earnings? And what effects do charter schools cause?1. Peter Avila, avilap@sfusd.edu1. I would say about 5-10 hours. 2 Provide assistance for reserach, editing, and feedback.20+ years as educator, 10 as teacher and 10 as principal. Taught in East Oakland and Bayview areas. Currently principal of elementary school in the Mission district. M.A. in Educational leaderhsip from Cal.
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Education, drop out rates and economic successDoes poor performance caused the high school dropout epidemic among black youth and hispanic students in California today, and what is the success rate of dropouts?
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Education, affordable collegeWhat can be done to make college more affordable, or free, to allow students of low income to attend college without fear of debt that can lead to dropping out?1. Jackie Kajos Kingsby, jkajoskingsby@berkeley.edu1. I am a former college advisor who worked with first-generation, low income, youth of color in SF. I am available to do 2 hours of research, writing, interviewing, whatever, a week.
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Education, Chicanx movementHow has the legacy of the Chicanx movement transformed how Americans address educational issues within the Latinx community today?
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Education, Incarceration, RaceHow has poverty and education influenced the disproportionate rate of incarceration between African American/Latix/Caucasian?
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Immigration, DACA and the economy
How does the removal of DACA influence the economy of California?1. Monica Kaldani-Nasif mmnasif@msn.com(1) Monica - 3-4 hours a week: I would like to put the OHS student in touch with a past employee at my last company who is a "Dreamer" & I would like to help the student research and write, meeting every other week after school at Oakland High (I am a registered OUSD volunteer) or remotely by phone.20+ years in HR/Recruiting. I am passionate about DACA and the impact removing DACA will have in our society and economy.
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Immigration, labor exploitationHow does one’s undocumented status lead to being exploited in agricultural jobs and what are some solutions to help those from getting deported in California?
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Immigration, Vietnam, HistoryHow have Vietnamese immigrants been successful in poverty and education rate while adapting to the American culture in the Bay Area during the 1960s to 2000s?
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Immigration, Cambodia, HistoryHow have Cambodian immigrants’ socioeconomic status and educaiton level changed while adjusting to American life in Long Beach from the 1970s-2000s?
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Laos, food securityWhy is there food insecurity in Laos? Why has it struggled to develop economically?
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Human traffickingHow does human trafficking affect the victims, traffickers and public psychologically in the Bay Area?
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LGBT homelessnessWhy are LGBT youth homeless and how does it tie into religious beliefs or cultural issues?
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LGBT mental healthWhy do LGBT youth continue to be at high risk for suicide, anxiety, and depression. How does society contribute to this? Postiveley or negatively?
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Bay area cost of living, technology
How does the rise of new technological occupations create differences in housing costs and cost of livign for people of color in the Bay Area
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Technology and social networksHow does Snapchat’s settings and filters design used to keep teenagers addicted to it?(1) Jaime Chen 415-885-9421 agentpu@gmail.com(1) Jaime- I can volunteer every other week, 1 hour each session. I can mentor the student in researching and writing at whatever school. T/ Th preferrable. (I am currently in the volunteer registration process)(1) Jaime- I am the Director of Product design at a technology start up in Emeryville. I design software UI and am interested in the topic.
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Mental health,violent crimeWhat goes on in the mind of a schizophrenic murderer?(1) Carolyn Doyle, MD; carolyn@carolyndoylemd.com, 773-633-9185(1) Carolyn - 1 hour/week for mentoring in research, discussion, and perhaps connecting the student with other mental health professionals in the community.(1) Carolyn - I am a board certified psychiatrist in Oakland who regularly evaluates and treats patients with schizophrenia. I am familiar with violence risk assessment and mental illness. These topics can be misunderstood in the wider culture and I would embrace the opportunity to mentor someone who is curious about them.
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Anti-vaccine movementWhy has the anti-vaccine movement grown recently in California since the past and what are the solutions to the problem?
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Conservation, IvoryHow has the trade of ivory affected elephants and Africa? What progress has been made to help protect these endangered elephants?(1) Erin Conlisk, erin.conlisk@gmail.com, 858-776-2939, (2) Cathy Cooper, coopercreative@earthlink.net(1) Erin - can put OHS students in touch with graduate students at UC Berkeley studying the conservation of African wildlife. Can help with references and editing. (2) Cathy - tentative. Provided she is in town, Cathy has offered to be a contact/resource for the student pursuing this topic(1) Erin - I am a quantitative ecologist at Point Blue Conservation Science, an alum of UC Berkeley's Energy and Resources Group, a registered OUSD volunteer, and organizer of this spreadhseet. (2) Cathy - Cathy is involved in the conservation ivory movement, and has contacts in Africa and can make relevant introductions. She is involved with a documentary film. See email from Jill on 2/24/2017.
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ENVIRONMENTAL THEMED
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Conservation, IvoryHow has the trade of ivory affected elephants and Africa? What progress has been made to help protect these endangered elephants?(1) Erin Conlisk, erin.conlisk@gmail.com, 858-776-2939, (2) Cathy Cooper, coopercreative@earthlink.net(1) Erin - can put OHS students in touch with graduate students at UC Berkeley studying the conservation of African wildlife. Can help with references and editing. (2) Cathy - tentative. Provided she is in town, Cathy has offered to be a contact/resource for the student pursuing this topic(1) Erin - I am a quantitative ecologist at Point Blue Conservation Science, an alum of UC Berkeley's Energy and Resources Group, a registered OUSD volunteer, and organizer of this spreadhseet. (2) Cathy - Cathy is involved in the conservation ivory movement, and has contacts in Africa and can make relevant introductions. She is involved with a documentary film. See email from Jill on 2/24/2017.
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California threatened specieshow do california condors, kit foxes, and sea otters have an effect on the environment in California and how does it impact humans as well?
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Exotics, pets, CaliforniaHow does the ownership of exotic animals impacts California's environment, animals, and the owner itself?
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Coral reefsHow are humans affecting coral reefs and what are the economic and social implications of these effects?(1) Tara Seely, tara_seely@berkeley.edu, 832-264-3334, (1) Tara-Help with references, editing, identifying organizations to get in touch with (have a couple contacts in TNC who work with coral reef conservation). Time committment: a couple hours a week, or less as needed(1) Tara: I'm a grad student in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at Berkeley. I have internship experience in coral reef conservation and a personal interest in the topic, although my formal research/education is in terrestrial ecohydrology (water in forests).
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Ocean acidification, San Francisco BayHow does ocean acidification effect the San Francisco estuary water and marine life to surrounding communities?
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Ocean plastic pollutionShould we remove the garbage patch in the ocean to prevent the marine ecosystem from deteriorating or is the investment too much? (1) Erin Conlisk, erin.conlisk@gmail.com, 858-776-2939(1) Erin - can recommend reading and follow-up with sutdent(1) Erin - I am a quantitative ecologist at Point Blue Conservation Science, an alum of UC Berkeley's Energy and Resources Group, a registered OUSD volunteer, and organizer of this spreadhseet.
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Ocean plastic pollutionHow does plastic pollution in the ocean impact the food chain and enter human economy?(1) Erin Conlisk, erin.conlisk@gmail.com, 858-776-2939(1) Erin - can recommend reading and follow-up with sutdent(1) Erin - I am a quantitative ecologist at Point Blue Conservation Science, an alum of UC Berkeley's Energy and Resources Group, a registered OUSD volunteer, and organizer of this spreadhseet.
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Ocean pollution, bay areaHow does ocean pollution affect both sea life and Bay Area resident's health?
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Over-fishing, California How should overfishing be regulated to increase marine biodiversity and what impact does this have on the coastal communities and economy in California who rely on fishing?
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Over-fishingHow does overfishing going to affect biodiversity and community that rely on fish ?
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Logging, economy, CaliforniaHow does the logging industry in California affect the economy versus the surrounding communities?
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DeforestationHow are the economic impacts of deforestation both good and bad and what can be done about it?(1) Tim Holland, tim.holland@berkeley.edu, 510-847-9891(1) I can meet with students to mentor as needed (suggesting reading material, working on research questions) for one hour every other week. Can be available beyond that via e-mail. (1) I am a postdoctoral researcher in the department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at UC Berkeley. My past research has been on deforestation in the Amazon, and I am presently doing research on forest management in California
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Deofrestation, urbanization, CaliforniaHow does Deforestation have an impact on dwellers in urban communities in California?(1) Clarke Knight; clarke.knight@berkeley.edu; 702-275-5788(1) I am happy to meet with students to provide guidance for an hour every other week. Also available over skype/phone/email.(1) I am a PhD student in Environmental Science, Policy and Management at UC Berkeley. I am currently working on carbon sequester in California forests. I am also interested in the impacts of forest (and wildfire) management on urban communities in California.
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Pollutants, lead, OaklandHow does lead poisoning affect the health and education of Oakland residents and is the issue being regulated well enough?
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Pollutants, lead, Oakland, socio-economics
How does lead poisoning in water impact Oakland residents health and the housing market for low-income families?
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Pollutants, lead, FruitvaleHow does lead poisoning affect the health and education of Fruitvale's youth?
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Pollutants, lead, OaklandHow does lead poisoning affect the health and education of Oakland residents and is the issue being regulated well enough?
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Pollutants, lead, Oakland
how does lead poisoning affect low income families and their environment in oakland.
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Pollutants, lead, OaklandHow does lead poisoning affect the economy and low income populations in Fruitvale and what are some solutions to the problem?
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Pollutants, lead, OaklandHow does lead affect the teenagers in the Bay Area as well as the environment?
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Pollution, San Francisco BayHow does pollution affect the environment in SF bay and the people living around it?
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Pollution, San Francisco BayHow is pollution in the SF Bay affecting the people and wildlife in the Bay Area?
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Pollutants, air quality, Oakland, socio-economics
How does air pollution affect children's health and education? Should OUSD develop policies to ensure clean air in schools?
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Pollution, cobaltHow does the usage of cobalt and the way it's obtain affect one's life and what are some alternatives?
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Pollutants, air quality, Oakland, socio-economics
How does air pollution in environmentally racist communities cause health issues and economic stress? What is being done to have this issue be addressed?
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Pollution, socio-economics, OaklandHow is environmental racism affected by gentrification in Oakland and how is it raising health concerns?
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Pollution, socio-economics, Oaklandwhat impacts do environmental racism have on the education of children living in poor colored communities of oakland?
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Pollution, socio-economics, OaklandWhat affect does Environmental racism have on colored youths health in oakland?
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Pollution, socio-economics, OaklandHow does environmental gentrification affect low income neighborhoods in Oakland and how should the people of Oakland combat this problem?
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Pollution, Oakland, socio-economicsHow does environmental racism affect students in Oakland California?
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Pollution, socio-economics, OaklandHow does environmental racism affect the education of young students of color?
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Environment, socio-economics, education, Oakland
How does environmental racism in Oakland affect children's education?
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Environment, gentrificationHow Can Gentrification Make A Change In Oakland's Environmental Culture?
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Environment, gentrificationHow are gentrification and environmental racism being addressed by the government in oakland?
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Environment, gentrificationShould environmental gentrification be avoided in low-income communities in the Bay Area?
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Environment and economyHow does privatization impact the environment along with human health and economy ? 1) Lauren Withey, lwithey@berkeley.edu1) Lauren Withey -- I could commit 10 hours over the period that support is needed, to help with the content of this question as well as organization, writing, editing, etc. 1) Lauren -- I am a PhD student in the Environmental Science, Policy, and Management program at UC Berkeley. My work focuses on governance of forests, and one of the areas I am interested in is the way different property regimes shape natural resource use.
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Pollution, socio-economics, OaklandHow does Oakland’s history of redlining contribute to the push low income families into polluted neighborhoods? Why are communities of color adversely affected by climate change?
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Food accessibility, socio-economicsHow do food distribution policies contribute to food deserts in Black communities?
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Sustainability, economicsHow will the ride of sustainability affect urban housing for the low income communities in San a Francisco?
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Bees, agricultureHow immediate of a threat does colony collapse disorder pose to the agriculture and economy of California? Is it an issue we can even effectively address?
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GMOs, agricultureHow is human consumption of GMOs affecting our health? Should we take precautions?
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GMOs, agricultureWhat is the impact GMOs have on other environmental issues and how should this be considered when evaluating policy on GMOs?
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Bees, pesticides, agricultureHow does the usage of pesticides affect the declining bee population? Does it have an effect on food production? Are the long-term effects of CCD worth the banning of pesticides?
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Energy and resource efficiency, economics
How does going green impact the economy and communities in San Francisco?
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Renewable energy, nuclear energyShould nuclear energy be used as a transitional energy source as the world moves towards more sustainable energy production methods?
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Renewable energy, povertyHow could investors on renewable energy in the bay area influence people in the poverty line/POC?
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Oil spills, CaliforniaHow does California Oil Spills impact our economy and marine life?
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Oil industry, fracking, CaliforniaHow does Hydraulic Fracturing impact communities that rely on groundwater as their main water source in California?
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Oil industryHow has Chevron's oil refinery placement in Richmond affect the community of people of color in its proximity?
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Water resourcesHow does the impact of California's water distribution policies affect the Sierra Nevadas?(1) Tara Seely, tara_seely@berkeley.edu, 832-264-3334, (1) Tara-Help with references, editing, identifying other researchers to get in touch with (have contacts in hydrologic sciences at UC Davis who would be great resources!) Time committment: a couple hours a week, or less as needed(1) Tara: I'm a grad student in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at Berkeley. I have a masters degree in Hydrologic Science from UC Davis, where my research focused on agricultural water use in California. My PhD research at Berkeley focuses on terrestrial ecohydrology (water in forests). **If other environmental topics need help, I am happy to explore a new topic. I can definitely edit anything, too**
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Food accessibility, socio-economisHow does a lack of access to healthy foods and produce have an impact on the health of individuals and are public policies and laws being made to address this?
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Food waste, greenhouse gasHow does OUSD's food waste contribute to greenhouse gases and their financial woes?
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Food wasteHow does food waste in california, impact humans, water, policies, and economy?
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Climate change, povertyHow are incarcerated people affected by climate change? How are they treated with regard to natural disasters?
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Climate changeHow does climate change correlate with human trafficking specifically in vulnerable places that experienced natural disaster?
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Sea level rise, OaklandWhat are the effects of rising sea levels on the inhabitants of the bay area, and how does the impact vary based on the person's home ownership status?
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