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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.

Stanford scientists' computer models help predict tsunami risk
Submitted on Dec 13 2011

Stanford scientists are using complex computational models to solve the puzzle of the devastating tsunami that struck Japan earlier this year and predict where future tsunamis might occur.

Rosemary Knight: Geophysicist, senate chair, hitchhiking advocate
Submitted on Dec 9 2011

Rosemary Knight, who joined the Stanford faculty in 2000 after teaching for a decade at the University of British Columbia, loved math, physics and chemistry in high school and was elated when she "discovered" geology, a field that combined all three.

Honing Hazards Prediction
Submitted on Nov 10 2011

 Video of Geophysics Department's Chair, Greg Beroza, presenting at the National Science Foundation Research Expo, "Which Hazards Are in Your Backyard?"

Mark Zoback talks to Senate committee about shale gas production
Submitted on Oct 12 2011

Geophysics professor Mark Zoback testified before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources last week. The committee held the hearing to receive testimony on the first report of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board’s Shale Gas Production Subcommittee, which was released in August.

Amos Nur awarded Maurice Ewing Medal for contributions to geophysics
Submitted on Oct 11 2011

AMOS NUR, the Wayne Loel Professor of Earth Sciences, Emeritus, has won the Maurice Ewing Medal, presented at the recent annual meeting of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists in San Antonio, Texas. The Ewing Medal is the highest award given by the society, and recognizes contributions to advancing the science and profession of exploration geophysics.

Manslaughter trial of seismologists in Italy highlights need for 'systematic earthquake forecasting,' says Stanford geophysicist
Submitted on Sep 30 2011

The manslaughter trial of six Italian seismologists highlights the need for scientists to put more effort into explaining their work to the public, says Stanford geophysicist Greg Beroza. He calls for seismologists to issue "earthquake forecasts" on an ongoing basis to help the public understand changes in the likelihood of a major earthquake occurring in a given region.

First life may have arisen above serpentine rock, say Stanford researchers
Submitted on Sep 22 2011

Stanford Earth scientists lend geophysical support to a theory of life's origins – but show that, if it's accurate, the first organisms could only have arisen during one brief stretch of geological time, long ago.

Citizen-seismologists' sought to host tiny earthquake sensors on their computers
Submitted on Aug 24 2011

If you have a computer and an Internet connection, you can volunteer to be part of a new network that is going to be the world's largest high-density array of seismic sensors devoted to the study of earthquakes.

Stanford geophysicist offers insight into the Virginia earthquake
Submitted on Sep 12 2011

Tuesday's earthquake in Virginia was not a geological surprise, according to Stanford geophysicist Mark Zoback. The interior of the continent is in a state of stress that periodically gives way, causing earthquakes both large and small. An earthquake in the eastern portion of the country may shake a larger area than a similar quake in California.