CURO Symposium 2017 Book of Abstracts

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Abstracts as expected, care-recipient physical health (∆R2 =.022, p=.033), FI (∆R2 =.038, p=.001, and RBANS score (∆R2 =.013, p=.045) each uniquely and significantly predicted social isolation, with declines in FI being the strongest predictor. Our findings have implications for patient care and highlight the importance of social interactions for elderly care-recipients, even in the context of declining physical and cognitive health.

Resiliency and Sustainable Organizations: Leveraging Weather Management Systems Zac Commanday Brian Northern Dr. Richard Thomas Watson, Management Information Systems, Terry College of Business In the face of the far-reaching and urgent consequences of climate change, organizations and governments around the world are seeking to mitigate their exposure to environmental risks within the broader context of a deteriorating planetary ecosystem. Fortunately, there are tools and technologies being developed to deal with the effects of climate change. This wave of emerging technology is helping guide a new frontier for information systems. Leading organizations and government are now leveraging these Information systems, such as Weather Resiliency Management Systems (WRMS), to mitigate their exposure to environmental risk. Specifically, we ask how climate change influences the creation, adoption, and use of WRMS. To help explain this phenomenon, we examine several cases where WRMS are likely candidates to inform resiliencyrelated decision making. Because cities have been at the forefront of resiliency (a stream of research referred to as “urban resiliency”), we selected this context for our inquiry. Our starting point is the list of “100 Resilient Cities,” which was pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation to help cities around the world become more resilient to physical, social and economic challenges. As part of our research, we will conduct interviews of Chief Resilience Officers (CRO) and other key stakeholders for the cities identified by the 100 Resilient Cities initiative. These interviews will provide information on plans for current or future implementations of WRMS and on system constraints and challenges associated with implementation in terms of both technical and organizational feasibility.

Determining Water Usage of Lettuce under a Sodium Light Source for Indoor Agriculture Rachel Collier, CURO Research Assistant Dr. Bill Tollner, Environmental, Civil, Agricultural, and Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering How can we make agriculture more sustainable? Water is a needed natural resource in agriculture and light is a needed input. Water is applied to crops using water use curves which have been developed based on the uptake rates and evapotranspiration rates of crops. The curves were developed for crops different than the current varieties grown today. Additionally, indoor agriculture is increasing as a way to grow crops while being sustainable and providing food in locations where there are food deserts. Therefore, this research investigates the growth of lettuce grown under sodium lights and two different water levels. The lighting used for this project was a 1000 watt high pressure sodium light. Lettuce was planted in 16 inch pots with Tifton Loamy Sand. The plants were watered at two different treatments. The treatments followed the application rate of water according to the current water use curve and let the soil get depleted by 20% and 50%. Water was measured and applied by hand in volumes equal to the required volume calculated from the evapotranspiration equations. Lettuce plants were measured for height to determine growth rate and will be harvested and weighted to determine yield per volume. This project will provide information on the water use rates of lettuce grown indoors under high sodium lights. The information gained from this project should provide information on the water use rate and evapotranspiration rates of crops grown indoors under artificial lights to determine if this is a sustainable method of growing crops.

The First Amendment Protections Afforded to Student Newspapers at Public Universities Aaron Conley, CURO Honors Scholar, CURO Research Assistant, CURO Summer Fellow Dr. Barry Hollander, Journalism, Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication