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Arun Majumdar named inaugural dean of the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability

A professor of mechanical engineering and former co-director of the Precourt Institute for Energy, Majumdar has expertise in energy solutions and policies through his research on sustainable grid technologies and his experience in both industry and government.

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Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability will accelerate solutions to global climate crisis

Investments of $1.1 billion from John and Ann Doerr, along with gifts from other philanthropists, catalyze interdisciplinary efforts to tackle urgent climate and sustainability challenges facing people and ecosystems worldwide.

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Thinking beyond the academic degree

A new certificate program provides a framework for Stanford Earth graduate students and postdoctoral researchers to learn new skills, gain practical experience, and produce portfolio pieces that will broaden their professional preparedness. The program will be carried into the new school focused on climate and sustainability.

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Atilla Aydin, geologist, musician, chef, and devoted Cardinal fan, has died

Aydin was a field geologist who loved nothing more than leading teams of researchers and students into remote locations – the Valley of Fire, Point Reyes, Zion National Park, a Hawaiian volcano, Sicily – to study prehistoric rock formations.

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Social Ecology Lab investigates connection between places and people

Associate Professor and E-IPER Director Nicole Ardoin and her team are working to understand how people feel about the world around them – and what they’re able and willing to do to protect it.

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Stanford's Richard Nevle discusses his new book

Richard Nevle, deputy director of Stanford’s Earth Systems Program, discusses his new collection of essays about the Sierra Nevada mountain range, The Paradise Notebooks.

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Investing in farmers

E-IPER alumni Jayce Hafner, MS/MBA ’19, and Sami Tellatin, MS/MBA ’20, co-founded a startup that automates the process of matching farmers to financing, drastically reducing the time needed for the whole application process.

 

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Anne Dekas receives NSF CAREER Award

The grant supports early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization. 

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CS major first to sign up for new minor in environmental justice

Evan Baldonado, ’23, a third-year student in the School of Engineering and co-director of Students for a Sustainable Stanford, is the first student to adopt a minor in environmental justice. The minor will become part of the new school focused on climate and sustainability.

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Q&A: Education programs within the new school

Nicole Ardoin and Mark Horowitz discuss exciting new programs and courses within the new school, which will focus on climate and sustainability. 

 

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Lou Durlofsky among four faculty elected to NAE

Louis Durlofsky has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) for innovative research in the recovery of hydrocarbon and water resources.

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Stanford ecologist Chris Field awarded the 2022 Japan Prize

Field has won one of the world’s foremost prizes for his contributions to estimation of global biospheric productivity and climate change science.

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David Lobell honored with 2022 NAS Prize in Food and Agriculture Sciences

The award recognizes research by a mid-career scientist who has made an extraordinary contribution to agriculture or to the understanding of the biology of a species fundamentally important to agriculture or food production.

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Community projects address COVID-19 impacts

Stanford Earth geophysicist Jenny Suckale collaborated to help pilot, test and scale interventions to slow the spread of COVID-19 cases in vulnerable communities. 

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Images capture a year of exploration despite uncertainty

The fourth annual Stanford Earth Photo Contest drew images of a dramatic sunset, a menacing shark, an intriguing frog, and a perennial favorite – the Milky Way. The winners were selected among 101 submissions. 

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Stanford Earth students, alumni recognized by Forbes "30 under 30"

Forbes' 2022 "30 under 30" feature includes two current Stanford University students and eight recent alumni developing energy- and sustainability-related technologies. 

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