W-5 How to get faculty who have expertise on different aspects of Food-Energy-Water to overcome barriers (intellectual, cultural, institutional, disciplinary) to collaboration


This workshop will enable faculty from natural sciences, social sciences and humanities with expertise in aspects of FEW to share examples of challenges and successes in developing collaboration. There is great interest among the scientific community in the FEW nexus but that most researchers are only looking at one system or perhaps the interplay between two such as energy and water. Relatively few scientists are exploring the three systems as an interacting system of systems. One of the biggest gaps is between Humanities and the sciences. Humanities faculty are instrumental in focusing on “sustainability” as a theme to weave together themes such as food security, energy and the environment, and health and wellness. The workshop will result in a summary document that presents examples of collaborations and recommendations for those who want to work on this trilemma.


  • David Blockstein, Senior Scientist, National Council for Science and the Environment
  • Richard Moore, Senior Fellow, National Council For Science and the Environment, Emeritus; Professor, School of Environment and Natural Resources, The Ohio State University
  • Serpil Guran, Director, Rutgers EcoComplex; Associate Professor of Plant Biology and Pathology, Rutgers University

Dr. David Blockstein is a member of the education team of the USDA-funded “Climate and Corn-based Cropping Systems CAP (CSCAP or ‘Corn Cap’),” which is a transdisciplinary partnership among 11 institutions creating new science and educational opportunities. He is the Executive Secretary of the Council of Energy Research and Education Leaders (CEREL) and Advisor to the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS). (202-207-0004; David@NCSEonline.org)

Richard Moore has been on the executive committee for the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors since 2012. At The Ohio State University (OSU) he served as executive director of the Environmental Sciences Network from 2011 to 2015. He designed and helped implement the first water quality trading project in Ohio that has been running since 2007 and is expanding to cover a quarter of the State of Ohio. As an anthropologist bridging the natural and social sciences, he is the leader for the Sugar Creek water quality project which teamed farmers and researchers to improve the local water quality. He was active in the Kuwait Climate Conference and is presently a PI on the USDA grant “Climate Change, Mitigation, and Adaptation in Corn-based Cropping Systems”. (330-202-3538; moore.11@osu.edu)

Serpil Guran’s responsibilities include management of the EcoComplex operations, programs, business incubator and facilities, as well as providing vision and leadership in establishing the EcoComplex as a clean energy innovation center for the commercialization of clean energy and environmental technologies. Dr. Guran specializes in research, development and assessment of sustainable clean energy; biofuels recycling technologies; and life cycle analysis of clean energy production systems, such as food waste to low carbon energy and assessment of biomass energy potentials to quantify carbon and water savings. She teaches Sustainability and Bioenergy Technologies classes at Rutgers University. (609-499-3600 ext. 4225; guran@aesop.rutgers.edu)

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