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.
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.
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.
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.
Scientists say advanced carbon capture, storage needed for coal.
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.
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.
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.