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April 16, 2014

Despite recent rains, California still in drought

Daniel Swain writes that despite recent storms, most of California is still below 50% of average for this time of year.

April 16, 2014

America's old pipes increase gas-leak risk

Robert Jackson says the old, decaying cast-iron pipes that transport natural gas beneath many cities are disasters waiting to happen.

April 16, 2014

Growing crops on photovoltaic solar farms is a ‘win-win’ situation

A new model for solar farms that “colocates” crops and solar panels could result in the harvesting of valuable biofuel crops in addition to solar energy.

April 4, 2014

Meet Silicon Valley's Women of Influence 2014: Dean Pamela Matson

Pamela Matson’s research in environment and sustainability issues have earned her global recognition as a pioneer in the field of environmental science.



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Upcoming Events

Apr 22

Carnegie Institution for Science - Global Ecology Seminar: Max Moritz

3:30 PM - Turing Auditorium, Polya Hall
Carnegie Institution for Science - Department of Global Ecology
Apr 23

EESS Spring Seminar Series, Thomas Hertel, Professor of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University

12:00 PM - Y2E2, Room 111 - Light refreshments at 11:50am
Department of Environmental Earth System Science
Apr 29

2014 Birdsall Dreiss Lecture Featuring Lawrence Band

3:30 PM - Geo Corner - Bldg. 320, Room 220
Department of Environmental Earth System Science, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment
Apr 30

EESS Spring Seminar Series, Dr. Lawrence Band, 2014 Birdsall-Dreiss Lecturer, Department of Geography, University of North Carolina

12:00 PM - Y2E2, Room 111 - Light refreshments at 11:50am
Department of Environmental Earth System Science
May 7

EESS Spring Seminar Series, Steve Davis, Assistant Professor, Earth System Science, University of California, Irvine

12:00 PM - Y2E2, Room 111 - Light refreshments at 11:50am
Department of Environmental Earth System Science

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Graduate Student Adventures

I spend a lot of time every year up at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource, or “SSRL” for short. It’s part of the Stanford National Accelerator Lab, which is managed by Stanford for the US Department of Energy. A synchrotron is a particle accelerator in which a beam of electrons goes around in circles at very near the speed of light. Using magnets, the electrons are turned or wiggled – turning or wiggling the electrons produces very bright light which can be used to examine many different kinds of materials from the environment.