A Healthy World

Imagine...A Healthy World

Our planet’s health requires efficiency and sustainability all along the continuum between production and consumption—of food, energy, and the myriad resources we need to live. Work in the College of ACES lies at the center of inquiry into the interactions among the Earth’s natural and managed ecosystems. After all, Midwestern agriculture is among the largest managed ecosystems in the world.

Our expertise is put to work tackling critical environmental challenges—in water and land use, soils, air quality, climate and weather, and natural resource management. We focus on the role of proper nutrition in plant, animal, and human health; prudent management and conservation of living environments and habitats; and effective economic incentives and public policy frameworks.

Through interdisciplinary collaborations, we are finding innovative ways to solve real-world problems. We are training the next generation to integrate these discoveries to improve healthy living for the world’s many species while bettering the environment in which they can all thrive.

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Highlighted Research

Dr. Ming Kuo
Landscape and human health
Dr. Ming Kuo
Dr. Ming Kuo’s Landscape and Human Health Lab investigates the effects of green views, elements, and places on people. Her team’s work shows how green neighborhood spaces can build stronger, safer neighborhoods in urban public housing, green schoolyards can improve academic achievement, green play spaces can reduce ADHD symptoms, and parks and forest preserve can improve immune functioning.


Rebecca Roach

For students who have little background in nutrition, FSHN 120 provides tools that will follow them throughout life as they make nutrition choices and evaluate related conflicts. Professor Rebecca Roach says the class helps students understand multiple concepts regarding nutrition and healthy choices.

“FSHN 120 covers general nutrition topics: macronutrients, micronutrients,