Global Food Initiative Congressional Briefing

Posted on December 4, 2016 by ZOsborn

The UC Federal Governmental Relations hosted a GFI congressional briefing Nov. 16 in Washington, featuring experts from UC Davis, UC San Diego, UCSF and UC Santa Cruz. 

The University of California Global Food Initiative addresses one of the critical issues of our time: How to sustainably and nutritiously feed a world population expected to reach 8 billion by 2025. Join us to discuss how UC research, education and public outreach efforts create solutions that improve food security, health and sustainability throughout California, the U.S. and the world.

Program Participants (Left to Right):
Keith Pezzoli
Director, Urban Studies and Planning Program
UC San Diego

Laura A. Schmidt
Professor, Health Policy
UC San Francisco

Katie Monsen
Lecturer, Environmental Studies Department
UC Santa Cruz

David Miller
Director, Research Innovations Fellowship in Agriculture Program
UC Davis


University of California, San Diego                                                                                                November 16, 2016

Urban Studies and Planning Program, Research Centers and Activities.

Prepared by Keith Pezzoli, Ph.D.,


Superfund Research Center, Research Translation and Community Engagement


  • UC San Diego’s Superfund Research Center brings together investigators with complimentary expertise from 10 academic departments, Organized Research Units and Institutes spanning several campus divisions. Dr. Robert Tukey is the PI of the Center as a whole. Dr. Keith Pezzoli is principal investigator of two core components:  Community Engagement (CE) and Research Translation.  The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) awarded our Center with $45million over the past 16 years; with Dr. Pezzoli managing $4.5million of it.
  • Our Community Engagement team shares knowledge and tools with environmental justice communities in the U.S.-Mexican Border region, affected by hazardous waste and toxicants. We create trusted community-university partnerships that bring science to the people through place-based, problem-solving, solutions-oriented research, leadership development and technical capacity building.
  • Our Research Translation team concentrates on improving environmental monitoring, risk assessment and remediation of toxicants. We communicate complex research findings to government, industry and broader audiences through periodic workshops; symposia; participation in regional, national and international conferences; publications, and Web-based systems.


Bioregional Center for Sustainablity Science, Planning and Design (Bioregional Center)


The Bioregional Center is a multidivisional research unit led by UC San Diego’s Urban Studies and Planning Program with participants from Communication, Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Arts and Humanities, the Medical School, Qualcomm Institute, San Diego Supercomputer Center, and Scripps Institute of Oceanography, among others.


The Bioregional Center aims to improve the role of science and research in public reasoning, planning, policy-making and sustainable development—with an emphasis on the following objectives:  (1) improve how human and natural systems interact in our built environment to the extent that social life and livelihood become sustainably embedded (rooted) in a place’s landscapes, watersheds and ecosystems, literally and imaginatively; (2) enable authentic participatory planning and networking necessary to eradicate root causes of economic, social and cultural stresses; ecosystem degradation, health disparities and climate change, and (3) support the bioregional transition – create new socio-economic, cultural and institutional relationships necessary for urban and metropolitan needs and demands to support as opposed to undermine the value of rural places, working landscapes and wildlands.

Select Publication

Pezzoli, K., Justine Kozo, Karen Ferran, Wilma Wooten, Gudelia Rangel Gomez, and Wael K. Al-Delaimy. 2014. One Bioregion/One Health: An Integrative Narrative for Transboundary Planning Along the US–Mexico Border”, Global Society, 28: 419-40.


UCSD Superfund Research Center
University of California, San Diego
Pharmacology Department
9500 Gilman Drive, Mail Code 0722
La Jolla, CA 92093-0722