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. Sharon Donovan
Early childhood nutrition
Dr. Sharon Donovan
Recent attention has been focused on nutrition in the first 1,000 days of life, spanning from conception through the age of 2. During this phase of life, proper nutrition is of key importance for growth, development and long-term health outcomes. Dr. Sharon Donovan and her colleagues conduct preclinical (piglet) and human research focusing on optimizing intestinal function and development of the gut microbiome of neonates. With her collaborators, she also studies ways to prevent childhood obesity and reduce picky eating in children. Donovan hopes to develop nutritional and behavioral interventions to help parents raise healthy children and clinically-effective interventions to help clinicians treat infants and children who are at risk of intestinal diseases or childhood obesity.


Dr. Ming Kuo

As the world population increases and the demand for resources expands, the question of whether environmental sustainability has to come at the cost of human happiness arises. In NRES 472, students learn how environmental sustainability and human happiness can coexist. In this hands-on class, students apply what they learn to their own lives and to a real world organization's