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These stories offer a glimpse of the many ways in which faculty and students are addressing some of today's greatest challenges in the Earth and environmental sciences.

Wanted: Bright, New Teaching Ideas; Fund supports innovative pedagogy.
Submitted on Nov 1 2007

...Anne Egger [describes] how “active learning” has transformed how she teaches Dynamic Earth: Fundamentals of Earth Science. Instead of bombarding students with lectures, Egger, the undergraduate program coordinator in the School of Earth Sciences, gives them “a chance to explore things on their own.”

Researchers examine carbon capture and storage to combat global warming
Submitted on Jun 13 2007

While solar power and hybrid cars have become popular symbols of green technology, Stanford researchers are exploring another path for cutting emissions of carbon dioxide, the leading greenhouse gas that causes global warming...."The notion is that the sooner we wean ourselves off fossil fuels, the sooner we'll be able to tackle the climate problem," said Sally Benson, executive director of the Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP) and professor of energy resources engineering.

Biogeochemist Pamela Matson demonstrates ways the natural world can be protected without harming its people.
Submitted on May 1 2007

Pamela Matson and Eve Hinckley are reclining amongst the pinot noir grapevines of the Napa Valley’s famed Carneros wine-making region, two connoisseurs searching for le mot juste. ...They’re not talking wine. They’re talking dirt. Matson, a biogeochemist and the dean of Stanford’s School of Earth Sciences, rises from her crouch, leans on a shovel, and gazes appreciatively at the crumbly pit they have just excavated. “Nice soil, Eve,” she congratulates her graduate student.