Thursday, April 28, 2016


Here's what's new in CAUSES:

  • Meet Ashley Milton, our new project specialist in environmental and public health
  • Teresa Turner selected to present at national conference
  • Nicole Sliva secures NIH Internship
  • The UDC Men's Soccer Team volunteers at the Garden of the Senses
  • DC Master Gardeners get the green roof ready for the growing season
Keep reading to learn more!

Ashley Milton joins CAUSES

Dr. Ashley Milton joined CAUSES as Project Specialist, Environmental & Public Health in the CAUSES Center for Sustainable Development. Dr. Ashley Milton is an environmental science and policy expert who conducts bi-continental collaborative research in forest ecosystems. Most recently, Dr. Milton spent numerous field seasons assessing vulnerability and adaptation in the Congo Basin on forest cover, climate change, community forestry, and public health. Her research has been instrumental in revealing the impact of food insecurity as a major driver of deforestation; and has identified economic mechanisms for valuating ecosystem services for the benefit of local communities under the UNREDD program. At George Mason University Dr. Milton was the Sustainability Coordinator and increased synergy between the Provost of Academic Affairs, student life, and campus facilities by directing students in grant writing for green infrastructure projects on campus. She also taught courses in sustainable development, environmental sustainability, and research methods. Dr. Milton has previously worked at USAID, US Department of State, and conservation organizations. She has a Ph.D. in Environmental Science & Policy from George Mason University, Master’s in Public Administration from American University and a Bachelor’s of Science in Political Science from Florida A & M University.

Teresa Turner to present at National Food and Nutrition Conference
Congratulations to Teresa Turner, who was notified that her proposal was chosen by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Committee for Lifelong Learning (CLL) for an educational section at the 2016 Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo, the world's largest annual meeting of food and nutrition professionals. Teresa is a nutrition educator with the Center for Nutrition, Diet and Health.

Nicole Sliva selected for NIH internship
Nutrition and Dietetics alum, Nicole Sliva, was selected for a National Institute of Health internship. The highly competitive Dietetic Internship meets the requirements needed to take the national dietitian examination. Learn more about the NIH program. While enrolled as a student at UDC, Nicole volunteered at a number of organizations including TERRIFIC, Inc. and D.C. Hunger Solutions. She interned at DC Hunger Solutions, where she received a strong evaluation from her preceptor pertaining to her research report on the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children. While volunteering at TERRIFIC, Inc., she regularly served meals and provided nutrition education to the elderly citizens of Washington, DC. Congratulations, Nicole!

Men's Soccer Team volunteer at Garden of the Senses

The UDC Men's Soccer Team used DC Emancipation Day (April 15) to volunteer at the Garden of the Senses, weeding, mending fences, and laying soil and mulch. Thanks, guys! See more photos from the sensory garden on Facebook!

DC Master Gardeners prepare green roof 
The DC Master Gardeners have been busy readying the green roof for its first full season. See photos on Facebook. Photos from last summer can be viewed here.

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