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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.

Lecture series to explore China’s rapid modernization
Submitted on Nov 27 2006

Take a look at your clothes, your coffee cup, even the chair you're sitting on. Chances are they were made in China. The explosive industrialization sweeping the People's Republic of China is a clear sign of the country's rising prominence on the world scene.

Scholars learn to communicate plainly the science of climate change
Submitted on Nov 15 2006

The Woods Institute for the Environment this month launched the Inter-University Scholars Training Program to improve understanding and communication between university researchers and California policymakers working on climate change.

Global Climate and Energy Project announces $1.15 million in research awards
Submitted on Sep 24 2006

Researchers in biomass, advanced coal utilization and integrated assessment of biofuels have been named recipients of $1.15 million through the Global Climate and Energy Project, GCEP Director Franklin Orr has announced. The awards fund research aimed at a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

Forum examines technologies aimed at reducing greenhouse gases
Submitted on Oct 25 2006

Scientists say advanced carbon capture, storage needed for coal.

Department of Petroleum Engineering adopts new name, expanded mission
Submitted on Sep 27 2006

After a half-century of training students to become leaders in the oil and gas industry, the Department of Petroleum Engineering at Stanford University has changed its name and expanded its academic mission. While continuing to offer master's and doctoral degrees in petroleum engineering, the newly christened Department of Energy Resources Engineering also plans to add a new curriculum for graduates and undergraduates interested in pursuing broader careers in energy and conservation.

New research programs for Global Climate and Energy Project
Submitted on Mar 14 2006

Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP) Director Franklin M. Orr Jr. announced several new research programs and two one-year exploratory research efforts totaling close to $8 million at Stanford and outside the university. The new research activities will focus on solar energy, biohydrogen generation, advanced combustion, and geologic storage of carbon dioxide.

Biases must be tackled to achieve gender equity in mathematics, scholars argue
Submitted on Feb 15 2006

Margot Gerritsen, a Stanford assistant professor who teaches mathematics, said there are no differences in ability between her male and female students but that there are differences in attitude and perception.