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Duke university recently announced winners of the first Climate and Data Expedition. This initiative is focused on the intersection of climate and health and includes experts from Schools throughout Duke to propose solutions to climate-related health issues. 

Five teams were awarded funding up to $200,000 over the next two years. Sanford faculty member Alexander Pfaff was a member of two of those teams and will be working with faculty researchers from the Nicholas School of the EnvironmentTrinity School and School of Medicine on the following proposals:

  • "A Consortium to Effectively Respond to Climate Attributable Risks: Malaria Elimination and Control (ACERCAR-ME)" 
  • "An Interdisciplinary, Multi-Organizational Partnership to Test the Mechanisms Linking Climate Change with Human Health and to Alleviate Their Adverse Health Impacts in the Kafue Ecosystem, Zambia" 

The collaborations reflect the Duke Climate Commitment, which unites the university’s education, research, operations and public service missions to address the climate crisis. The commitment builds on Duke’s longstanding leadership in climate, energy and sustainability to educate a new generation of climate-fluent innovators and create equitable solutions for all. 

Future Climate Data Expeditions for interdisciplinary teams across climate and other research areas are planned as part of the Duke Climate Commitment.

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