The Cairns Lab strives to conduct engaged research, both at our field sites and in Dallas.

During our  summer 2018 field season, we conducted ethics and enumerator trainings for Costa Rican university students and government officials both at our field site and at Costa Rica’s National Water Lab.  In September 2018, Dr. Ulmer visited Dr. Keilyn Rodriguez-Sanchez’s anthropology course at the University of Costa Rica to give a talk about his research experiences.

Dr. Cairns is additionally committed to forwarding policy-based and applied components of anthropological work.  She completed a AAAS Fellowship, focused on Science & Technology Policy, where she was hosted at the US EPA Office of Research and Development’s National Exposure Research Laboratory.  Dr. Cairns has additionally collaborated with Water for People on the Monitoring & Evaluation of Water and Sanitation Infrastructure in Bolivia, and has been a part of a range of engineering and anthropology collaborations and roundtables.

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