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August 2021

Van Crowder

Van Crowder Shifting to Full-Time ALCE Faculty

After six years as executive director of the Center for International Research, Education, and Development (CIRED), Van Crowder is moving to a full-time position as a tenured professor with the Department of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He will transition to his new role on Aug. 10. 

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Mastering the Learning Curve: Youth Play Key Role in Smartphone App Adoption

The smartphones have been in the field for a short 6 weeks; however, there have been significant improvements in skills and abilities in using the app.


Dr. Venkataramana Sridhar- Fulbright Announcement

Dr. Venkataramana Sridhar, a CIRED affiliated faculty member, has received a Fulbright award that will begin in the 2021-2022 academic year. Currently, research is on hold due to COVID-19, but will begin once travel restrictions are lifted.


IPM Innovation Lab Wins $3 Million Award to Address Crop Threats in Bangladesh

The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Integrated Pest Management has won a $3 million award to strengthen agriculture in Bangladesh and improve the country’s resilience to current and emerging crop threats.


Feed the Future Senegal Youth in Agriculture Holds Steering Committee Meeting

Intensifying, improving, and formalizing PYD in Senegal through the 4-H program before moving into a functional and sustainable Senegalese national program is important to the program’s sustainability and relevance. 


Get to Know Lumbini Barua

Lumbini Barua is a graduate assistant working with the Women and Gender in International Development (WGD) team at CIRED.


Get to Know Nicole Zdrojewski

Nicole Zdrojewski is a graduate assistant working with the Women and Gender in International Development (WGD) team at CIRED.


Sunday Ekesi, IPM Innovation Lab Collaborator, Honored by Entomological Society of America

Dr. Sunday Ekesi, a member of the IPM Innovation Lab’s Technical Advisory Committee, has been selected as an Entomological Society of America (ESA) Fellow of the Society for 2021. 

Introducing Chanda Sarder, One of CIRED’s Newest Hires

As a financial coordinator, Chanda Sarder helps address CIRED’s finances, with a special focus on the IPM Innovation Lab. Sarder earned a double bachelor’s in Accounting Information Systems and History and a master’s in History, for which she wrote a thesis on women and the social history of India.