|Spring 2011 Newsletter||
Welcome to E-IPER's Spring Newsletter, showcasing the work of our students and faculty:
Highlighting Creativity in Research
The Research as Design team: Adam Royalty, Marilyn Cornelius, Amanda Cravens, Nicola Ulibarri. (Not pictured: Anja Svetina Nabergoj). Courtesy of Jess McNally.
We, E-IPER PhD students Amanda Cravens (2nd), Marilyn Cornelius (4th), and Nicola Ulibarri (1st) are collaborating with lead research investigator Adam Royalty and visiting scholar Anja Svetina Nabergoj at Stanford's Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (d.school) to explore the intersection between research methodologies and design thinking. As refined and taught by the d.school, design thinking is a framework that focuses conscious attention on the process of creating and innovating. The project, Research as Design: Integrating Design Thinking into Interdisciplinary Academic Research, promotes a process that hybridizes research and design.
Submitted by Marilyn Cornelius, Amanda Cravens, and Nicola Ulibarri
Hitting the Road to Study Water
Group photo of the water trip participants at the Freeport Pumping Station. Courtesy of Dan Tuttle.
Over spring break, fourteen students from the Graduate School of Business (GSB), along with a faculty advisor and Public Management Program staff member, traveled through California studying the water industry on a GSB Service Learning Trip. Ashish Jhina and Dan Tuttle, 2nd year E-IPER Joint MBA-MS students, organized the trip and facilitated meetings with key decision-makers and stakeholders around the state. Lisa Newman-Wise (Joint MBA-MS 2nd) and Yohei Iwasaki (Joint MBA-MS 3rd) were also trip participants.
Smoothing the Rough Waters of Interdisciplinary Scholarship
What are the major challenges faced by interdisciplinary environmental PhD students? How can we address them? This year, we, Rachael Garrett (PhD 3rd) and Rachelle Gould (PhD 4th), helped to organize a workshop series called Navigating Interdisciplinary Waters. Our dynamic fellow crewmembers on this voyage (bear with us- we had a lot of fun with the nautical metaphors) were Professors Nicole Ardoin (Education), Lisa Curran (Anthropology), Eric Lambin (Environmental Earth System Science), and Len Ortolano (Civil and Environmental Engineering), and tireless E-IPER staff Helen Doyle and Danielle Nelson.
Submitted by Rachael Garrett and Rachelle Gould
New Web Site
Screenshot of the E-IPER website homepage.
Check out our new website. Note the new audience gateways along the top designed for easier navigation, and the new stories on the homepage.
Spring Dissertation Defenses
Why Do Cities Care About Climate Change? Essays on Carbon Offsets and Climate Action Plans
Friday, April 29, 9:00, Y2E2 299
Adam Millard-Ball after his successful defense.
Water Access, Hand Hygiene, and Child Health in Sub-Saharan Africa
Monday, May 23, 10:00 Y2E2 299
Distributional Impacts of Climate Change Mitigation in India: National and Global Implications
Friday, May 27, 9:30 Y2E2 299
AwardsRobert Heilmayr, PhD 2nd - National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
Caroline Scruggs, PhD 5th - Morris K. and Stewart L. Udall Foundation Dissertation Fellowship in Environmental Public Policy and Conflict Resolution
Austin Becker, PhD 3rd - Gerald J. Leiberman Fellowship
Lauren Oakes, PhD 2nd - George Melendez Wright Climate Change Fellowship and Morrison Institute for Population and Resource Studies Research Award
Atul Gupta and Aaron Strong, incoming PhD students – Stanford Graduate Fellowships
Jared Thompson, Joint JD-MS 2010 - Olaus and Adolph Murie Award for Environmental Law from Stanford Law School for his capstone paper, Lessons from California's Efforts to Control Agricultural Nonpoint Source Water Pollution Through Management Measures and Practices.
Ashish Jhina, Joint MBA-MS 2nd, was part of the NextDrop team that won the Grand Prize at the Graduate Social Venture Competition in Berkeley on April 8th. Founded by a team of Stanford and Berkeley students, NextDrop aims to increase transparency in water utilities in and to provide households in the developing world with accurate and timely information about intermittent water supply.
PublicationsBecker, A., Fischer, M., Inoue, S., Schwegler, B. (2011) Climate Change Impacts on International Seaports: Knowledge, Perception, and Planning Efforts Among Port Administrators, Journal of Climatic Change. Online version.
Becker, A., Newell D., Fischer, M., Schwegler, B. (2011) Will Ports Become Forts? Climate Change Impacts, Opportunities, and Challenges, Terra et Aqua, Official Magazine of the International Association of Dredging Companies, Number 122, pp 11-17.
Martinelli, L. A., Garrett, R., Ferraz, S., and Naylor, R. (2011) Sugar and Ethanol Production as a Rural Development Strategy in Brazil: Evidence from the State of São Paulo, Agricultural Systems, vol. 104, pp. 419-428.
Frances C. Moore (2011) Toppling the Tripod: Sustainable Development, Constructive Ambiguity and the Environmental Challenge, Consilience, The Journal of Sustainable Development, 5, vol. 1, pp. 141-150. Online version
Frances C. Moore (2011) Costing Adaptation: Revealing Tensions in the Normative Basis of Adaptation Policy in Adaptation Cost Estimate, Journal of Science, Technology and Human Values, advance online publication.
Pickering, A., Davis, J., and Boehm, A. (2011) Efficacy of Alcohol-based Hand Sanitizer on Hands Soiled with Dirt and Cooking Oil, Journal of Water and Health, in press.
Student TravelsJustin Mankin, PhD 1st, went to Afghanistan in January at the request of Brigadier General H.R. McMaster to serve as a senior anti-corruption advisor for NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). The request came based on NATO leadership's reading of his 2009 article about Afghanistan's opium economy underpinning local power, which General Petraeus said, "has informed our thinking about how to better integrate our anti-corruption, counter-narcotics, and counterinsurgency efforts in partnering with the Afghan Government." An article based on Justin's Afghan corruption findings will be published in an upcoming edition of Foreign Policy. Justin currently uses high-resolution climate modeling to examine potential changes to Afghanistan's opium poppy crop under anthropogenic climate forcing and the implications of such changes.
Alumni UpdatesRebecca Goldman, PhD 2008, is now Senior Associate with the Inter-American Development Bank based in Washington DC.
Megan Guy, Joint MBA-MS 2010, has taken a position with the Angeleno Group, a private equity / venture capital fund in Los Angeles that invests in high growth companies in the alternative energy sector.
Greg Wannier, Joint JD-MS 2010, is organizing a conference, Threatened Island Nations: Legal Implications of Rising Seas and a Changing Climate, co-hosted by Columbia Law School and the Republic of the Marshall Islands in New York in May. Focusing on the implications of rising sea levels for small island nations, the conference will address legal issues such as state sovereignty and marine territories, human rights, resettlement protections, and establishing international liability for climate harms and discuss domestic options for preparing for the future, including adaptation options for remaining on their islands.
Participants warm up for an energetic brainstorming session at the April 2nd Research as Design workshop at the d.school. Courtesy of Jess McNally.
Crossing Interdisciplinary Boundaries with New Courses
New courses crop up frequently at Stanford. Get a couple of students and faculty discussing their work over coffee and you may come away with the draft of a new course syllabus. And much to the benefit of students, at Stanford new courses can quickly go from a nascent idea to a listing in the Bulletin. E-IPER students and faculty have been remarkably active in developing and teaching new courses this year, from a new Earth Systems core course, Human Society and Environmental Change, led by Roz Naylor (EESS), Zephyr Frank (History), and Rodrigo Pizarro (PhD 4th) to a new seminar on Agricultural Systems in Emerging Economies led by Rachael Garrett (PhD 3rd) and Florian Weidinger (Joint MBA-MS 2nd) with faculty director Peter Vitousek (Biology). The latter emerged from discussions in the Joint MS land use and agriculture advising group and was catalyzed by students from the Graduate School of Business. Another Spring seminar organized by E-IPER, Global Water: Challenges and Opportunities, was motivated by the interests of Joint MS students from the law and business schools.
Birds over the Yolo River Bypass. Courtesy of Dan Tuttle.
Austin Becker (PhD 3rd), collaborating with Meg Caldwell (Law), Lida Teneva (Environmental Earth System Science), and other members of The Coastal Society created a new winter course, Our Coastal Society: An Interdisciplinary Seminar on Ocean/Coastal Themes. To explore marine science and policy for the Pacific Coast, the seminar featured guest speakers from a diverse array of institutions and perspectives, including Stanford, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Surfrider Foundation, Oceana, Environmental Defense Fund, and Ocean Champions. Topics covered fisheries management, marine spatial planning, legislative advances such as the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA), climate change threats to our coast, and the importance of the US west coast in the context of Pacific Ocean ecosystem health.
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