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‘Made in China’ Explores Food, Water Scarcity
March 6

Made in ChinaThe final lecture in the “Made in China” series will explore food production and water scarcity at 7 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium. The lecture series, co-sponsored by the School of Earth Sciences and the Woods Institute. Presenters will be Stanford professors Walter Falcon and Scott Rozelle, and John Milliman of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science.

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Environmental Venture Projects
Letters of Intent Due March 7

WoodsThe Woods Institute’s Environmental Venture Projects program (EVP), begun in 2004, provides seed funding for promising, potentially transformative research involving interdisciplinary teams of Stanford faculty. Projects to date have addressed a wide variety of topics, from California water markets and carbon dioxide sequestration in forests to land conservation value in Hawaii and Costa Rica and arsenic exposure in drinking water in Asia. Proposals for innovative, interdisciplinary research on all environmental issues are welcome, and we strongly encourage faculty from different schools, departments and independent labs to work together on possible proposals.

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Amory Lovins Lectures Explore Energy Concepts March 26-30

Rocky Mountain Institute CEO and co-founder Amory Lovins will deliver an evening public lecture series March 26-30, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in Dinklespiel Auditorium. Lovins will address “Advanced Energy Efficiency: Concepts and Practice.” Sponsored by Mineral Acquisition Partners, Inc. (MAP) and Civil and Environmental Engineering.

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Education & Leadership

Lovins Offers Special Classes over Spring Break, Spring Quarter

As the 2006-2007 MAP/Ming Visiting Professor, Amory Lovins, CEO and co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Institute, will teach two Stanford courses, one during Spring Break open to all students and a sequel during Spring Quarter with limited enrollment. More info about CEE 173L/273L, Advanced Energy End-Use Efficiency Spring Break, March 26-31, and CEE 273R, Wednesday evenings, Spring Quarter:

Environmental & Engineering Career Panel March 9

12:15 p.m., Terman, M-33. Four panelists: Alex Chase, Energy Solutions; Erika McDonald, Erler & Kalinowski Inc; Kevin Mayer, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Mike Kavanaugh, Malcolm Pirnie Inc. Sponsored by Environmental Engineering & Science, CEE.

Leopold Leadership Program
Accepting Applications;
Deadline: April 16

ALLPThe Leopold Leadership Program is accepting applications for its 2008 fellowships targeted to mid-career academic environmental scientists. Up to 20 fellows from North America will be selected to participate in intensive training designed to provide scientists with skills and connections needed to be effective leaders and communicators. Deadline is April 16.

Goldman Honors Program Seeks Undergrad Applicants;
Deadline: April 20

The Goldman Interschool Honors Program in Environmental Science, Technology and Policy brings undergraduates from the schools of Humanities and Sciences, Engineering and Earth Sciences together into a small group seminar to analyze important environmental problems. The program combines a year-long research seminar, an honors thesis, an oral presentation of honors research and, where relevant, field study. All class years welcome to inquire.

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Upcoming Events

Woods Energy Seminar:

4:15 p.m., History Corner, Room 200-02.

  • Wednesday, March 7
    Professor Friedrich Prinz,
    “Energy Conversion at Nanoscale”
  • Wednesday, March 14
    Professor Michael McGehee, Stanford Department of Materials Science and Engineering
    “Can Nanotechnology Make Solar Cells Cost Competitive with Coal-Fired Power Plants?”

GCEP Energy Seminar

March 8, Noon,
Building 550, Room 550A

Made in ChinaProfessor Bruce Parkinson,“A Combinatorial and Distributed Approach to Solving the Problem of Splitting Water with Sunlight”

"Made in China: Food Production and the Scarcity of Water"

March 6, 7 p.m., Kresge Auditorium

Made in ChinaThe final lecture in the “Made in China” series will explore food production and water scarcity at 7 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium. The lecture series is co-sponsored by the School of Earth Sciences and the Woods Institute.

More info ...

"Sustainability at Stanford: Progress to date and direction going forward"

March 9, Noon, History Corner, Building 60, Room 61A

Two senior managers from the Land, Buildings and Real Estate organization will describe Stanford's efforts toward a more sustainable campus environment, with particular emphasis on how members of the campus community can contribute to the process. Sponsor: Program in Ethics in Society.

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Campus Environmental Calendar Seeks Listings

Got a Stanford-sponsored event you think will be of interest to environmental faculty and students? Be sure to post it to the Consolidated Environmental Calendar when posting to Stanford Events. Many entities already have access to the consolidated calendar.
More info:

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