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Krishna Rao discusses research in podcast

Earth system science PhD student Krishna Rao explained the factors that influence wildfire risk and a predictive tool he created using machine learning in a new podcast.

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School focused on climate and sustainability moves forward

A school focused on climate and sustainability, announced last May, is beginning to take shape. Leaders anticipate blueprints for the school’s academic structure by winter quarter.

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New evidence on the health Impacts of wildfire smoke

In a Sept. 18 webinar, Chris Field and Marshall Burke were among four Stanford panelists who discussed new evidence on the health impacts of exposure to wildfire and wildfire smoke, and implications for what individuals and policymakers can do to reduce impacts.

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Letter to the community: Voting is a civic duty

Dean Stephan Graham co-authored an op-ed with the deans of the School of Humanities and Sciences and the School of Engineering urging readers to "vote for the party and candidate of your choice, but by all means vote."

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New Stanford seed grants create pathways to sustainability

The sustainability initiative that arose out of the Long-Range Vision has awarded 17 seed grants providing one year of funding to faculty pursuing groundbreaking ideas for sustainability solutions.

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10 years of SURGE

The Summer Undergraduate Research in Geoscience and Engineering (SURGE) program celebrates 10 years of bringing students from diverse backgrounds to Stanford for a summer of Earth science research and graduate school preparation.

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Wildland fire hackathon addresses pressing issues

Students harnessed the power of big data analytics with the guidance of faculty and industry mentors to propose groundbreaking solutions to wildland fire issues in the third annual Big Earth Hackathon.

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Q&A: What does it mean to be Latinx in the geosciences?

Stanford Earth recently transitioned the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) into its new Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiative. As part an effort to celebrate and discuss identity, six Stanford Earth members share how their ethnic-cultural backgrounds have informed and impacted their careers.

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A calling from the mountains

With a career that balances mountaineering, teaching, and research, Hari Mix uses his background in Earth systems and geology to reconstruct past climates, examine mechanisms producing extreme precipitation, and teach the next generation of students about the planet.

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Making waves in academia and policy

From fieldwork in Hawaii to testifying in Congress, Kate Brauman, Environment and Resources PhD ’10, developed a career in water policy by embracing interdisciplinary interests, following her personal values, and being open to new opportunities – even when her path forward wasn’t clear.

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Stanford Earth Young Investigators high school internship program goes virtual

Stanford Earth’s summer internships have been redesigned to an online lecture series, exposing more local high school students to research in environmental sciences than ever before.

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Earth System Science PhD receives Fulbright grant

Hannah Joy-Warren, Earth System Science PhD ’20, will travel to Sweden to use autonomous underwater vehicles to measure atmosphere-ocean carbon exchange during winter in the Southern Ocean.

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Quest for security and empowerment

In the quest for food security, David Lobell’s investigation of environmental and technological changes affecting Indian agricultural productivity translates into real-world guidance for farm management decision-making. 

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Incoming freshman receives Young Explorers Grant, leads new study

“Using satellite imagery, I’ve been able to see the climate change challenge and global environmental changes from a new perspective,” said Liza Goldberg, an intern at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and rising freshman at Stanford who recently led a study on mangrove loss. She plans to major in Earth systems and minor in computer science.

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Farm adjusts to shifting food supply chain in the midst of a pandemic

“I think it’s harder for us knowing people are not able to be here when they want to be here," said Allison Bauer, facility and production coordinator at the O’Donohue Family Stanford Educational Farm. "We get calls from our volunteers all the time, and so I think hearing that is hard for us. We want them to be able to experience this place like us, too.”

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