InfoAg 2017 Presentation
 
Presentations
The Tulane Challenge

Regency C
Thu, Jul 27, 2017
9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

 

Tulane University Nitrogen Challenge is a $1 Million Challenge that seeks innovative in-field solutions that will reduce crop fertilizers and run-off, with the goal of combatting hypoxia and global “Dead Zones”.

The Challenge is currently in Phase 2 – the in-field test phase in Louisiana. The panel includes the Challenge Director, Top Finalist Teams and the Farmer from the Test Field Site. Hear about the Team’s diverse innovations, the benefits of a “Challenge” and lessons learned, and how these partners and Teams are working to reduce N, and “battling” it out to win the $1M prize, which will be awarded in Dec 2017. 

Speaker
Leah Berger Jensen
Tulane Nitrogen Challenge
New Orleans, LA
Biography
A consultant to Tulane University, Leah Berger Jensen is the principal and owner of The Berger Group, LLC, a consulting firm dedicated to creating healthy, vibrant communities. The Berger Group provides expertise and professional services in areas of: 1) Clinical Sites & Community Health Centers, 2) Public Health & Community Health, and 3) Leadership & Organizational Development, all grounded in a framework of health equity, collective impact, capacity building, and social justice.
As the director for the Tulane Nitrogen Reduction Challenge Ms. Jensen is responsible for internal logistics, as well as external affairs for project, educating about hypoxia, the Dead Zone and its impact upon the Gulf Coast and world communities. This includes leading promotion, recruitment and education efforts for the Challenge across diverse sectors, including innovation and entrepreneurship, agriculture, science, and technology. She interfaces with local and regional partners across the south, as well as supporters at the national level including the EPA, USDA, and White House's Office of Science of Technology.
Prior to founding The Berger Group, Ms. Jensen worked at Tulane University School of Medicine (TUSOM) for seven years where her efforts led to the development and founding of five health centers and TUSOM’s Office of Community Affairs and Health Policy, serving as it’s Executive Director. She concurrently served as Co-Executive Director of the Ruth U. Fertel/Tulane Community Health Center, where she developed and managed a brand new, state-of-the-art clinic dedicated to providing high-quality, cost-effective care to under-resourced and uninsured families.
Over the years Ms. Jensen has been honored for her work, including selection as one of New Orleans' CityBusiness "Women of the Year", New Orleans "Top 40 Under 40", the nation's "100 Great Disruptive Heroes" for her pioneering work in the health care delivery system, and participation in New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute (NORLI) and Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program. She serves as a Board Member for Tulane University's School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine's Alumni Association and is on the Advisory Committee for Louisiana Healthcare Connections.
Ms. Jensen received her Bachelor of Arts from Connecticut College in both Cultural Anthropology and Gender and Women Studies. She attended the School for International Training in Kenya with a focus in Development, Health, and Society, and received her Master of Public Health from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in 2004 with a focus in International Health and Development.