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Haas Center adapts to the pandemic

Stanford’s Haas Center for Public Service has connected students to remote learning, service and career opportunities – from Darel Scott, Earth systems BS ’17, MS ’19, speaking during a mini career fair to the class Shaping the Future of the Bay Area (GEOPHYS 218Z), for which instructors arranged remote collaborations with local governments and nonprofits.

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Earth systems student receives Firestone Medal for Excellence in Undergraduate Research

David Tattoni was honored for “Riparian Avifauna of the San Francisco Bay Region: Population Dynamics and Future Outlooks with Anthropogenic Climate Change,” which was among the top 10 percent of honors theses completed this year.

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Fiona O'Keefe named Academic All-American

Earth systems senior Fiona O'Keefe has been named an Academic All-American for track and field and cross country by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

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Summer reading: Illuminating our planet and paths toward sustainability

Faculty at Stanford's School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences recommend these 24 books for your summer reading.

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Stanford Earth dean urges graduates: Turn challenges into opportunities

Graduates of the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences have the knowledge and skills to create an environmentally just and sustainable world for everyone, according to Dean Stephan Graham.

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Dustin Schroeder, Thomas Hayden receive Excellence in Teaching Awards

Recipients of the school’s annual Excellence in Teaching Awards are selected based on nominations from students, faculty, and alumni.

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Wilderness writer Craig Childs visits Stanford's Wild Writing class

Earth Systems MS student Samantha Faul reflected on a recent visit of writer Craig Childs to an environmental writing class taught by Richard Nevle and Emily Polk that explores and interrogates nature and wilderness through readings, discussion, and creative nonfiction writing.

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Forging ahead with learning and support

“The biggest challenge has been making sure that all the people that rely on me, both at Stanford and at home, are getting what they need,” said Karen Casciotti in a Cardinal at Work feature about teaching at the onset of COVID-19.

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Photos to inspire a more sustainable world

Stanford Earth's 2019 photo contest drew 226 photographs from around the world from faculty, students, and staff.

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Stanford Earth at AGU 2019

Stanford faculty, students and scholars will join researchers from the Earth and planetary sciences and engage in interdisciplinary collaborations and discussions about the world’s most pressing challenges Dec. 9-13 in San Francisco.

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From Stanford farm to U.S. Congress

Riya Mehta, Earth Systems ’18, is using her degree to help inform agricultural policy in Washington, D.C.

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Jake Levine receives scholarship for research in water systems

Jake Levine, an undergraduate in the Earth Systems Program, has been honored by the New York Water Environment Association, a statewide nonprofit organization of water quality management professionals.

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Summer reading: Sparking curiosity and conversations about our planet

Faculty at Stanford's School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences recommend these 22 books for your summer reading.

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Stanford Earth graduates: Meet the planet’s challenges

Stanford Earth graduates are uniquely prepared to deliver solutions for humanity’s critical challenges, according to Dean Stephan Graham.

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When food waste becomes a pollutant

Forty percent of food produced for consumption never gets eaten. Instead, it fills landfills and releases greenhouse gases. California now aims to drastically reduce the amount of food that ends up in the ground.

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San Francisco should look to nature to respond to sea-level rise

"Ecosystem-based adaptation needs to be prioritized as the cheapest, most effective and most resilient strategy to protect the city from the quickly worsening impacts of climate change," Stanford Earth undergraduate student Jacqueline Vogel writes in an op-ed.

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