MIIS Launches New Center on Social Impact Learning with Funding from Cordes Foundation

On May 12, the Monterey Institute announced the establishment of a new Center for Social Impact Learning (CSIL), which will bring three existing programs together under a single umbrella:

New MIIS Report on U.S. Coastal Economies Lauded by Congressman Farr

Presenting the 2014 State of the U.S. Ocean and Coastal Economies report at a press conference in Monterey on Monday, Dr. Judith Kildow, director of the National Ocean Economics Program at the Monterey Institute‘s Center for the Blue Economy, noted the imbalance between the economic importance of coasts and coastal oceans and the federal support for stewardship of these resources.

Peru Practicum: Breaking Down Barriers Between Classroom and Real-World Development

Five MIIS professors took an introductory policy analysis course and turned it into an optional year-long immersive learning opportunity. Students have the option to enroll in a Peru-focused policy class in the fall, design a research project, conduct in-field research as part of a winter-term practicum in Peru, and then follow up by working with the information and data collected as part of a seminar in the spring, all while they are learning the tools of data analysis.

Center for the Blue Economy Director Jason Scorse Explains “Surfonomics” in Fortune

In an article published in Fortune, CNN Money and Money on June 5, Center for the Blue Economy Director Jason Scorse explains the importance of calculating the market value of what is generally considered invaluable, using the example of the value of waves to a surfer. Professor Scorse also serves as program chair for the International Environmental Policy program at the Monterey Institute – and surfs.

Sustainability Speaker Series to Feature MIIS Professor Jim Williams on “Changing Course on Climate” May 1

The next lecture in the Monterey Institute’s ongoing Sustainability Speaker Series will feature Professor Jim Williams of the International Environmental Policy program. Professor Williams’ lecture on “Changing Course on Climate: A Practitioner’s View” will happen at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1 in the Irvine Auditorium at 499 Pierce Street on the Monterey Institute campus.

U.S. Institute for Peace Awards $119,000 Grant to Support Project Co-Directed by MIIS Professor Avner Cohen

The Monterey Institute of International Studies and its James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) were pleased to learn recently that the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) has awarded a grant of $118,900 to support a research project on “Nuclear Norms in Global Governance” to be co-led by Professor Avner Cohen of the Institute’s Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies program faculty and Professor Maria Rost Rublee, a senior lecturer at the Australian Nati

Brig. Gen. (ret.) Russell D. Howard Appointed Director of MIIS Terrorism Center

Special Forces veteran and terrorism expert Brigadier General (ret.) Russell D. Howard—also an alumnus of the Monterey Institute—has been appointed as the new director of the Monterey Terrorism Research and Education Program (MonTREP).

Laura Henson

Laura Henson '12

Undergrad: Washington and Lee University

Major: English Literature and Environmental Studies

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

What is your favorite place in Monterey?

Under, in, or on the sea.

Center for the Blue Economy Celebrates Its First Year

The Center for the Blue Economy (CBE) continues to make waves. Established in March 2011 with a $1 million founding gift from Middlebury College parents Deborah and Robin Hicks in their capacities as trustees of the Loker Foundation, the Center’s first year of operation was formally celebrated at an April 12 reception in Monterey.

Research by MIIS Professors Concludes Agriculture Contributes $8.2 Billion to Monterey County Economy

It’s common knowledge that Monterey County’s Salinas Valley is one of the most fertile agricultural regions in the world; now a pair of professors from the Monterey Institute of International Studies has teamed up to analyze the data and put a number to the economic value generated by agriculture in Monterey County.