Tuesday, July 29, 2014


Here's what's been happening around CAUSES!
1. Dr. Xiaochu Hu joins CAUSES
2. 2015 European Architecture Tour
3. Ethnic Crops Research Pilot Focus Group
4. Washington Mystics Donate Tickets to 4-H!
5. WPP Youth Workshop

1. Dr. Xiaochu Hu joins CAUSES
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Xiaochu Hu has joined the Center for Sustainable Development as a Project Specialist focusing on Applied Economic Evaluation (Sustainability Economics). Dr. Xiaochu Hu received her Ph.D. in Public Policy from George Mason University in May 2014. Her research fields include economic development, labor markets and immigration policy. Dr. Hu's dissertation evaluated the economic impact of immigration on U.S. metropolitan economic growth. Prior to joining CAUSES, she worked as a graduate research assistant for the Center for Regional Analysis at George Mason University for five years. Dr. Hu holds a master's MA in Applied Geography, a MPA and a BS in Computer Science. She also received the 2013 AEA-CSWEP Summer Economics Fellowship and the 2012-13 Philip Dearborn Doctoral Research Fellowship from the Economic Club of Washington, D.C. Contact Dr. Yu at xiaochu.hu@udc.edu.

2. European Architecture, Anyone?
Have you been working on a home project this summer that seems to be taking much too long?  Let's go to Barcelona and visit a basilica that has been under construction since 1882!  Tired of sipping on Kirkland Signature purified drinking water during dinner? How about a nice Rose' with a four course meal? Want to see first hand an amphitheater with a capacity of 24,000.....built in 100 AD? Join the UDC Architecture Department in June 2015 as they tour Barcelona, Southern France and the Italian Riviera. The 12 day trip is $3,749 and only requires $300 to reserve your spot. For more information contact Professor Genell Anderson, AIA, or visit 

3. Ethnic Crops Research Pilot Focus Group
The Center for Sustainable Development recently hosted the first of their Ethnic Crops Research Pilot Focus Group Study sessions. The objective of the grant is to survey and conduct focus groups with consumers and restauranteurs in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. The pilot assessed demand for nine varieties of African vegetables in order to inform local producers about opportunities to expand their operations and access new niche markets. The pilot was a perfect learning opportunity for students in the summer Food, Water, Health, and Wellness course; for students in the Nutrition and Dietetics program who coordinated the pilot, and faculty-staff who supported the effort. Students gained first-hand experience as to why one should conduct one or more pilot experiments before embarking upon the actual study. Future sessions are scheduled at the African Food Festival on August 3 and the UDC Farmers Market on August 9. Contact Dr. Dwane Jones for more information.

4. Washington Mystics Donate Tickets to 4-H!
The Washington Mystics donated basketball tickets to UDC 4-H's Operation Military Kids for the July 27 game against the Atlanta Dream. The Mystics were not only playing to win (which they did 77-67), but playing to raise awareness for breast cancer, showing their support by wearing pink uniforms! Thanks again, Washington Mystics and keep up the good work!

5. Mary Farrah Conducts Youth Workshop
Mary Farrah, our urban ag and forestry community educator from the Center for Urban Agriculture and Gardening Education recently conducted a youth session with Washington Parks & People on the topics of invasive plants and soil sampling. Photos are available on our
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