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Integrating Research & Lifestyle: Appreciating the Complexity of Farmer Decision-Making & Sustainability through Farm Stays

By Cory Belden - Posted on 06 January 2014

The uncle of a good friend of mine handed me a large stick at 8:30am on December 21st, as I sat with my cup of coffee and a copy of Kitschelt and Wilkinson’s (2007) Patrons, Policies, and Clientelism: Patterns of Democratic Accountability and Political Competition. “This is for you, to club your rabbits with.” It was a nice stick, heavy, the diameter perfectly suited to my palm; about as long as my fingers to my elbow outstretched, smooth, as if it had been sanded with fine paper. He carried on, describing how a perfect swing could instantly take out an unassuming bunny. My mind wandered – has this farmer, being a vegetarian, ever come close to hitting a rabbit? Doubtful.

Why professors should record lectures and encourage students to skip class

By Michael Levy - Posted on 05 December 2013

Most professors don’t post audio recordings of lectures online, despite the technical obstacles and time cost to doing so being near zero. That’s a shame. Listening to recorded lectures has tremendous flexibility that in-person lectures lack and, based on my experience, can significantly boost student efficiency and learning gains. The following is a sample of benefits I’ve noticed while taking an upper-division undergraduate evolutionary biology course entirely through audio recordings and pdf’s of lecture slides.

Benefits of listening to recorded lecturers versus attending class:

  • It’s more efficient. Using Window Media Player’s playback speed slider, I can listen at 1.4 – 1.8x the original speed. This allows me to go through an 80 minute lecture in 55-65 minutes
  • Do it at my convenience

Why professors should record lectures and encourage students to skip class

By Michael Levy - Posted on 04 December 2013

Most professors don’t post audio recordings of lectures online, despite the technical obstacles and time cost to doing so being near zero. That’s a shame. Listening to recorded lectures has tremendous flexibility that in-person lectures lack and, based on my experience, can significantly boost student efficiency and learning gains. The following is a sample of benefits I’ve noticed while taking an upper-division undergraduate evolutionary biology course entirely through audio recordings and pdf’s of lecture slides.

Benefits of listening to recorded lecturers versus attending class:

  • It’s more efficient. Using Window Media Player’s playback speed slider, I can listen at 1.4 – 1.8x the original speed. This allows me to go through an 80 minute lecture in 55-65 minutes

Extension 3.0 is Spreading!

By Mark Lubell - Posted on 21 November 2013

It was great to connect with Bob Bertsch today, from North Dakota State University. He is a communications specialist who runs a podcast called "Working Differently in Extension". We had a conversation about the idea of Extension 3.0, and how it relates to the traditional model of Cooperative Extension. It was very interesting to hear how he is thinking about some of the same ideas, and facing some of the same challenges in forwarding the idea. Click here for a direct link to the podcast.

Policy brief: Why vineyards pursue sustainability certifications

By Michael Levy - Posted on 28 October 2013

What kinds of vineyards are getting certified as sustainable? How do farmers learn about sustainability certifications? And if farmers aren't getting paid more for certified grapes, what are the motivations? All this and more in our latest policy brief on sustainable viticulture.

Policy brief: Why vineyards pursue sustainability certifications

By Michael Levy - Posted on 27 October 2013

What kinds of vineyards are getting certified as sustainable? How do farmers learn about sustainability certifications? And if farmers aren’t getting paid more for certified grapes, what are the motivations? All this and more in our latest policy brief on sustainable viticulture.

Extension 3.0 White Paper: Ag. Extension Should Capitalize on Knowledge Networks

By Mark Lubell - Posted on 14 October 2013

We just completed a paper on Extension 3.0 that will be submitted to the journal Society and Natural Resources. We are officially circulating the pre-publication as a CEPB white paper (see attachment). Here is the abstract:

Three Hard Questions about Network Science

By Mark Lubell - Posted on 20 September 2013

I just returned from a nice junket to beautiful (at least in the fall…) Maine where I gave talks at Bowdoin College and University of Maine. Both institutions were impressive for different reasons, and I met a lot of fun people. The Q&A periods of the talks highlighted three important and hard questions about network science that all of us should think about how to answer.

Nudging environmental behavior

By Michael Levy - Posted on 13 September 2013

Would this grocery cart, outfitted with a reflection of your face, make you buy more produce? Recent research suggests it would.

Psychology Matters

We are remarkably social creatures, evolutionarily tuned to our local environments to an extent we rarely appreciate. Change someone’s environment, you changed their behavior.

Policies that ignore the nuances of human psychology, that assume Homo sapiens and Homo economicus are roughly the same beast, will never reach their hoped-for level of impact.

On the other hand, policy makers who engage with behavioral science will find low-cost, low-opposition measures that are often jaw-droppingly effective.

Nudging

Nudging environmental behavior

By Michael Levy - Posted on 12 September 2013

Would this grocery cart, outfitted with a reflection of your face, make you buy more produce? Recent research suggests it would.

Psychology Matters

We are remarkably social creatures, evolutionarily tuned to our local environments to an extent we rarely appreciate. Change someone’s environment, you changed their behavior.

Policies that ignore the nuances of human psychology, that assume Homo sapiens and Homo economicus are roughly the same beast, will never reach their hoped-for level of impact.

On the other hand, policy makers who engage with behavioral science will find low-cost, low-opposition measures that are often jaw-droppingly effective.

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