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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.

Hai Xuan Vo wins Centennial Teaching Assistant Award 2012
Submitted on Jun 15 2012

Hai Xuan VoThe program recognizes and rewards outstanding teaching by teaching assistants in the Schools of Humanities and Sciences, Earth Sciences and Engineering. EWART THOMAS, professor of psychology, started the program in 1989, during his years as H&S dean, in order to acknowledge and celebrate the important role that TAs play in teaching at Stanford. Each year half of the departments in H&S are invited to choose usually one to three (depending on the department or program’s size) of their graduate student teachers to be honored by the designation Centennial TA.

Ekin Ozdogan wins Student Poster Award at North American Membrane Society Conference
Submitted on Jun 14 2012

Ekin OzdoganERE Student Ekin Ozdogan has won the 2nd place award in the student poster competition at the 22nd Annual Meeting of North American Membrane Society (NAMS) held in New Orleans, LA.  Her winning poster "Nitrogen-Selective Membranes for Carbon Capture Applications" was chosen from 50 entries in the Gas Separations division. NAMS awards program is designed to encourage and support outstanding individuals that have made significant contributions to the advancement of membrane technology. 

ERE Student Awards 2012 Announced
Submitted on Jun 6 2012


Awards are given out each year to ERE Students in three categories. The Henry J. Ramey, Jr. Fellowship Award recognizes the most prominent research student in the department. Frank G. Miller Fellowship Award recognizes the top student each quarter in course performance. It is awarded three times each year to a student selected on grade performance and research productivity from the preceding quarter. The William H. Brigham Memorial Award recognizes a student, or a staff member, who contributes their time generously to improve the lives of others. It is an award for department citizenship. 2012 Recipients

New book on carbon capture by Jennifer Wilcox
Submitted on May 22 2012

Jennifer WilcoxEnergy Resources Engineering Assistant Professor Jennifer Wilcox approaches the energy science sub-field carbon capture with an interdisciplinary discussion based upon fundamental chemical concepts ranging from thermodynamics, combustion, kinetics, mass transfer, material properties, and the relationship between the chemistry and process of carbon capture technologies.

ERE PhD student Mark McClure to receive SEG’s Best Paper in GEOPHYSICS Award for 2012.
Submitted on May 22 2012

Mark McClureThe President of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists announced the selection of Mark McClure and Roland Horne to receive SEG’s Best Paper in GEOPHYSICS Award, for the technical paper entitled Investigation of injection-induced seismicity using a coupled fluid flow and rate/state friction model, published in Volume 76, No. 6, November-December 2011.
Official recognition of the award will take place during SEG’s 2012 Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, November 4-9.
Mark McClure's research was funded by a seed grant from the Precourt Institute for Energy.

ERE Students Place in 2012 SPE Western Regional Student Paper Contest
Submitted on Apr 5 2012

Michael KrauseMichael Krause takes first place in Ph.D. division and Mohammad Shahvali, takes second place at the 2012 SPE Western Regional Student Paper Contest in Bakersfield.  Additional winners for ERE include Salem Aldousary, first place and Kurt Wilson, third place in the combined Master's / Undergraduate Division.

DuPont joins Stanford's Global Climate and Energy Project
Submitted on Mar 12 2012

Sally Benson "We are extremely delighted to welcome DuPont as our newest corporate sponsor," said GCEP Director Sally Benson, a research professor of energy resources engineering at Stanford.

Q&A: Margot Gerritsen on the critical need for energy literacy in the US
Submitted on Mar 6 2012

Margot Gerritsen Although the United States is one of the world's biggest energy consumers, the average American has little knowledge about basic energy issues, says Margot Gerritsen.

Where Solar Power Meets the Oil Field
Submitted on Feb 25 2012

Steam CleanStanford University petroleum engineer Tony Kovscek, an expert in heavy oil recovery and an unpaid advisor to GlassPoint, says he is excited by how easy it is to integrate GlassPoint's system with oil fields burning natural gas. "There's a pretty significant carbon footprint associated with these more viscous oils, and GlassPoint has created the potential to reduce that carbon footprint fairly significantly," says Kovscek.

EU poised for tar sands vote, stalemate likely
Submitted on Feb 25 2012

Adam BrandtAdam Brandt, acting assistant professor in the department of Energy Resources Engineering at Stanford University, California, helped the EU come up with its figures using a widely-recognized GHGenius model for calculating emissions over a fuel's life-cycle from wells to wheels.