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Alumnus' research cited in congressional testimony
October 15, 2007
As a research assistant in the Behavior Research Cluster of Stanford University's Precourt Institute for Energy Efficiency, Adam Bad Wound '02 helped develop a searchable bibliographic database of relevant literature on behavior, energy and climate change. Economist John A. "Skip" Laitner cited this work during recent congressional testimony before the U.S. House Science Subcommittee on Research and Science Education.
"St. Olaf was where my research interests began, as a McNair Scholar through the Student Support Services program," says Bad Wound. "Since that experience I've been captivated by the pursuit of knowledge and research in the social sciences. My focus is rooted in the global perspective that I gained by attending St. Olaf and from being encouraged to think critically about the problems facing the world around me, as well as the world itself."
The group's "Precourt Website and Database Project" will be presented at the upcoming Behavior, Energy and Climate Change Conference of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy Nov. 7-9 in Sacramento, Calif.
Bad Wound is pursuing a Ph.D. at Stanford in the sociology of education. In 2003 Bad Wound earned an M.A. in education organization and leadership from Columbia University. He earned his second M.A. in education policy in 2005 from Stanford and a third in sociology in 2006. Bad Wound graduated from St. Olaf with a double major in religion and American racial and multicultural studies. He also was the commencement speaker of his graduating class.
At St. Olaf Bad Wound founded the Talking Circle, a multicultural student organization with the mission of promoting open-dialogue discussion and events related to Native American issues and culture. Today he continues to carry a strong interest in the preservation and support of his heritage. Recently Bad Wound participated in a week-long cultural exchange program with Lakota Indians from his home tribe in Pine Ridge, S.D., that concluded with an open water swim from Alcatraz Island to San Francisco on Indigenous Peoples Day.