For more information about the New York Sun Works Youth Conference visit: Home Dickson Despommier is Emeritus Professor of Public Health and Microbiology at Columbia University in New York City. He was born in New Orleans in 1940, and grew up in California before moving to the New York area, where he now lives and works. He earned his Ph.D. degree in microbiology from the University of Notre Dame in 1967. From 1971-1998 he was principal investigator of National Institutes of Health-sponsored research program on a parasite, Trichinella spiralis (see his new book: People, Parasites, and Plowshares, Columbia University Press, 2013). He is now engaged in a long-term project whose sole mission is to produce significant amounts of food crops inside tall buildings that are situated in densely populated urban centers (see: http://www.verticalfarm.com and The Vertical Farm: feeding the world in the 21st century, Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press, New York, 2010; paperback, Picadore Pubs. 2011). This initiative has grown in acceptance over the last few years to the point of stimulating planners and developers around the world to incorporate vertical farms into their vision for the future city. There are vertical farms in Korea, Japan, Taiwan, China, Singapore, Canada, Panama, The Netherlands, and the United States. Dr. Despommier has received numerous teaching awards, including the national American Medical Student Golden Apple Award for Teaching Excellence in 2003, the Dean’s Distinguished Teaching award (Columbia University), and was elected eight times as teacher of the year during his instructional career at Columbia University. In 2012, he received the Distinguished Service Medal from Columbia University’s Medical School. In 2013, he received the Plantagon Corporation award of excellence. He has authored four books, written numerous peer-reviewed scientific papers, and many review articles on a wide variety of subjects. Video Rating: / 5 Related […]
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