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Worldwide, there has been growing interest in research, education, and discourse around the Food-Energy-Water-Nexus (FEW-Nexus), which serves as a framework to describe and aid in addressing complex coupled human-natural systems and the most significant global challenges of today and tomorrow. These challenges provide a rationale for sustained, systemic, and interdisciplinary educational efforts focused on food, energy, and water systems in a wide array of educational contexts. The National Collaborative for Research on Food, Energy, and Water Education (NC-FEW) is an emergent, transdisciplinary community of educators and education researchers from science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and food, agriculture, natural resources, and human sciences (FANH) fields. Through community-building activities, NC-FEW promotes cross-fertilization between participants from diverse disciplinary and departmental backgrounds through sustained network- and capacity-building over multiple years. This community-building endeavor is grounded in the fundamental assumption that NC-FEW can intentionally emerge as a networked improvement community through which to systemically foster and understand STEM and FANH teaching and learning about the FEW-Nexus.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1856040 & 2242276 (ECR-EHR Core Research), National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award #1006539 and #2017-06281, and the Network of STEM Education Centers/APLU. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of these funding agencies.

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