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What caused the dinosaur extinction?

Geology alumna Gerta Keller, '78 is featured in an article in The Atlantic exploring her controversial hypothesis about the mass extinction that killed the dinosaurs about 66 million years ago, a theory amidst the “dinosaur wars.”

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Simon Klemperer named 2018 AGU Fellow

AGU Fellows are honored for visionary leadership and scientific excellence that fundamentally advances research. Klemperer, a geophysics professor, studies the growth, tectonic evolution, and deformation of the Earth's crust and upper mantle using active and passive seismology.

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Stanford Earth alumnus receives 2018 Knowles Teaching Fellowship

San Lorenzo High School teacher Ian Hagmann, MS '15 has been awarded a five-year fellowship that includes stipends, funds for professional development, grants for teaching materials and opportunities for leadership development.

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Tony Kovscek to lead new Energy Frontier Research Center

Stanford will soon be home to two new Department of Energy-funded Energy Frontier Research Centers, aimed at transforming the way energy is generated, transformed, stored and used.

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Dustin Schroeder receives NSF CAREER Award

Dustin Schroeder, an assistant professor of geophysics, has been granted a 2018 National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award for his proposal to synthesize radar measurements of glaciers since the 1960s.

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Global Carbon Project wins Think Tank Award

Prospect magazine has presented the 2018 Best North American energy think tank award to the Global Carbon Project, a research group chaired by Stanford Earth's Rob Jackson.

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Rob Jackson wins Dal Swaine award for fracking contamination paper

Jackson co-authored a paper showing how fracking wastewater may threaten West Virginia's surface water that was judged to be the best for the year in mineralogy of coal or hydrocarbon source rocks.

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Tackling wildfire, health and environmental risks

Stanford Earth researchers Eric Lambin, Dustin Schroeder, Alexandra Konings, Jamie Jones, Steven Gorelick, Kate Maher, and Jenny Suckale receive new grants from the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment supporting innovative research and technology solutions to pressing environmental issues.

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David Lobell appointed new director of FSE

Stanford Earth's David Lobell will step in as director of the Center on Food Security and the Environment (FSE) on Sept. 1, 2018. Lobell succeeds Rosamond Naylor, who has been director since FSE’s inception in 2005.

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Methane leak detection challenge seeks innovative solutions

Postdoctoral researcher Arvind Ravikumar discusses the Mobile Monitoring Challenge, a competition organized by Stanford’s Natural Gas Initiative and the Environmental Defense Fund to advance mobile methane monitoring technologies at oil and natural gas facilities.

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Bullets, Blood and Ice

Professor Emeritus of Geological Sciences Dennis Bird shares tales of his life as a scientist, from mentoring students on Stanford's campus to unraveling geochemical mysteries in Greenland.

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Summer at Stanford

Stanford Earth is among the university's institutions welcoming students and their teachers to campus to participate in summer programs. Faculty members will be working with undergraduates through SESUR, the Stanford Earth Summer Undergraduate Research Program, and high school students through Stanford Earth Young Investigators.

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Tiziana Vanorio receives Alfred Wegener Award 2018

Vanorio is the first woman to receive the award, which  is presented to a member of the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE) who has made an outstanding contribution to scientific and technical advancement in Petroleum Geoscience and Engineering. 

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2018 VPGE Fellows

The 2018 recipients of fellowships and awards administered by the Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education (VPGE) include doctoral students in the departments of Geology, Geophysics, Earth System Science, Energy Resources Engineering, and the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources (E-IPER).

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Stanford Earth’s Steven Gorelick receives Excellence in Teaching Award

The hydrologist and professor of Earth System Science  has an “uncanny ability to understand and simply communicate both the big-picture and technical details.”

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Stanford Earth graduates urged to do good and be agile

Graduates of the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences are poised to thrive amid a “scientific revolution” being driven by new technologies and computational power, according to Dean Stephan Graham. 

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