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Published on Jul 27, 2012
ELIZABETH AINSWORTH is an Associate Professor in the Department of Plant Biology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and a Plant Molecular Physiologist with the USDA ARS. Her research applies physiological, biochemical, genomic and imaging tools to understand the mechanisms of plant responses to global climate changes, including rising atmospheric carbon dioxide and ozone concentrations. The broad aim of her work is to understand the challenges and opportunities that climate change will present for genetic and biotechnological improvement of crop yield and food supply. Dr. Ainsworth received her B.S. in Biology from UCLA and her Ph.D. in Crop Sciences from the University of Illinois. She was the 2011-2012 I.C. Gunsalus Fellow at the University of Illinois and was awarded the President's Medal from the Society for Experimental Botany in 2011. Prior to her current appointment, Dr. Ainsworth was an Alexander von Humboldt post-doctoral fellow at the Juelich Research Institute in Germany.
--- The annual Center for International Studies Summer Teacher Institute brings educators, researchers, and professionals together to explore various comparative and transnational issues of global significance.
The 2012 interdisciplinary 3-day institute explored the concept of global food security. Faculty, staff, and graduate students from the University of Chicago and other educational institutions from around the country spoke on the challenges to providing all people with physical, social, and economic access to sufficient, nutritious food. Intended primarily for elementary through community college educators, but open to all interested parties, the Institute addressed each theme through a series of presentations and discussions of curriculum development.