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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.

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.

Pamela Matson and ASSU leaders head senate agenda
Submitted on Feb 9 2012

Pamela Matson

Pamela Matson, left, dean of the School of Earth Sciences, will present a report to the Faculty Senate today. Four student representatives to the Faculty Senate will also give presentations.

The Escape Potential of CO2
Submitted on Feb 2 2012

EMSL user studies CO2 mobility in carbon sequestration: Are geological formations storing carbon dioxide similar to a soft drink bottle – when the lid is opened, the gas escapes into the atmosphere? This is one of the questions Lin Zuo is asking in his study at EMSL on geological carbon sequestration. Zuo is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Energy Research Engineering at Stanford University.

Roland Horne Awarded the 2011 Patricius Medal
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Roland Horne was honored for his contributions to the interpretation of well measurements and reconnaissance and modeling of geothermal reservoirs, leading to a better understanding of geothermal resources.

Stanford scientists subject rocks to hellish conditions to combat global warming
Submitted on Dec 12 2011

A team of Earth scientists at Stanford University is subjecting chunks of rock to hellish conditions in the laboratory – all in the name of curbing climate change..."About 60 percent of the world's carbon dioxide emissions come from power plants, refineries and other industries," said Sally Benson, a professor of energy resources engineering at Stanford.