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Announcing Dr. Gretchen Nurse - Assistant Professor in RCSC

We am pleased to announce that Dr. Gretchen Nurse has accepted an Assistant Professor position in the Norton School in support of the Consumers, Environment, and Sustainability Initiative (CESI).  She will join us this fall, effective August, 2011.   This position has been made possible through the Provost’s Environmental Hiring Initiative, with other assistance and support from the Institute of the Environment.  Dr. Nurse is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Colorado State University (CSU). She holds a B.S.  from UC, Berkeley  in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management with an emphasis on Conservation and Resource Studies,  and a M.S. and a Ph.D. from CSU  in Applied Social Psychology with an emphasis on Environmental Psychology. 

Dr. Gretchen’s research focuses on consumer motivation for local foods as well as perceptions of the natural environment. Her postdoc position, funded by the National Park Service, focuses heavily on the connections between environmental stressors and visitor experiences.  She has an established record of collaborative cross-discipline research, college teaching and student mentoring.  For instance, she has collaborated with researchers on USDA grants in Ag Resources Economics regarding economic and psychological issues related to sustainable food systems.  She is also committed to translating her research into community practices; as an example, she won a national award in the American Applied Economics Association Graduate Extension competition last year.  Dr. Nurse is also known as an excellent instructor for teaching and mentoring undergraduate students.

Needless to say, we are excited about the prospects that Dr. Nurse will bring to our CESI efforts, in collaboration with Drs. Anita Bhappu and Sabrina Helm, Co-Directors of CESI, as well as Dr. Diana Liverman, Co-Director of Institute of Environment.  We want to thank all three of them and also Dr. Mike Staten, who served on the Search Committee.

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