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What's in store for you this summer?

ClockJune 27, 2019

Graduation and the academic year are now behind us, and we're into those summer days. Stanford Earth’s graduation ceremony was a happy occasion for our graduates, families and friends, as it always is. We dodged a bullet with normal Stanford weather, rather than the 104° weather at the start of graduation week. Once again, congratulations to all of our graduates and numerous award winners, especially Paula Welander and Emily Polk, our faculty teaching award recipients, and Brad Mills and Xyoli Perez-Campos, our distinguished alumni award recipients.

So, what is in store for you this summer? As one who does fieldwork in remote corners of the world (Mongolia and Tibet last year), I’d love to hear about exotic locales or interesting adventures you are having this summer. Feel free to drop me an email. As for myself, nothing so far afield this year, but by the time you read this, I’ll be river rafting in Montana after attending the wedding of one of my PhD advisees in Bozeman (congrats, Will Thompson-Butler!). But others in the dean’s office will be farther afield. Margot Gerritsen, Associate Senior Dean for Educational Affairs, will be climbing Kilimanjaro in July. I am SO jealous.

Others of you will remain close to home, doing research or writing papers or dissertations. Be sure to take some time for yourselves, maybe going to one of the concerts at the newly renovated Frost Amphitheater, or just enjoying the campus while it’s relatively free of crazy bicycle traffic. And whether you remain on campus or travel, be sure to check out the Stanford Earth summer reading list.

Summer reading

It’s brimming with great reads, a number of informative current climate and environmental topics; others simply enjoyable literary works. For my own part, I’ll once again recommend “All Over the Map: A Cartographic Odyssey” by our own Betsy Mason and co-author Greg Miller. It’s perfect for the armchair traveler.

Finally, let me remind you of exciting things in the near future for Stanford Earth. Six new faculty members will be joining us over the summer and into the fall: Ines Azevedo in ERE in July, Lucia Gualtieri and Sonia Tikoo-Schantz in GP in September; and in GS, Ayla Pamukcu, Andrew Leslie in September, and Mathieu Lapotre in October.

So, I’ll now sign off until September. I wish you all a restful, enjoyable, productive summer! 

Steve Graham

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