Studying pesticide exposure in Ventura County farmworker communities

PhD student wins award for research on pesticide application in farmworker communities.

In Ventura County, some neighborhoods back up to hillsides of oak trees and scrub. Residents of other neighborhoods, however, aren’t so fortunate, with homes next to farm fields sprayed with heavy doses of pesticides.

It’s possible to limit that pesticide application, but stakeholders are often constrained in their efforts to do so. Kaitlyn Alvarez Noli, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Planning, Policy and Design, is seeking uncover the inner workings of why – and was recently awarded a $20,000 Haynes Lindley Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship to support her work.

90 million people displaced: how to solve the global refugee crisis.

May 2017

Today, 90 million people live in some form of refugee, transition or flood camp -- more than have ever lived in such camps in human history. Richard Matthew, professor of planning, policy and design and director of the UCI Blum Center for Poverty Alleviation, says it's possible to solve the humanitarian crisis, but solutions face resistance.

Nonprofit helping provide free and low-cost legal services to poor clients wins Blum Center pitch event

May 2017

Esqalate, an Orange County nonprofit, won the third annual Designing Solutions for Poverty Pitch Event hosted by the Blum Center for Poverty Alleviation. The nonprofit, founded by Chad Trainer, uses online services to connect experienced attorneys with the law school grads who can help them provide free and low cost legal services to poor people.

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