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McCarty Wins '07 Stockholm Water Prize

Perry L. McCartyPerry L. McCarty, Silas H. Palmer Professor of Civil Engineering and a pioneer in developing the understanding of biological and chemical processes for the safe supply and treatment of water, has been named the 2007 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate.

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Food Crops Feel the Heat
as World Warms

Field CropsOver a span of two decades, warming temperatures caused annual losses of roughly $5 billion for major food crops, according to a study published March 16 in the online journal Environmental Research Letters.

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Photo: Jeff Vanuga; USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

Global Effort to Provide Poor
with Basic Sanitation Slow Going

Jenna DavisWorldwide, billions of people lack access to a reliable source of safe drinking water and basic sanitation facilities. To address the problem, the United Nations established the Target 10 initiative, which aims to halve by 2015 the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation.

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Photo - Woods institute Fellow Jenna Davis

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Education & Leadership

Lovins Teaches Spring Class

As the 2006-2007 MAP/Ming Visiting Professor, Amory Lovins, CEO and co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Institute, will teach CEE 273R Energy End-Use Efficiencies at Stanford Univeristy, Wednesday evenings, Spring Quarter: Students must register in advance for the course. Prerequisite: CEE 173L/273L: Advanced Energy End-Use Efficiency.

New Course 'Rethinks' International Health

In response to growing interest in international health, the Organization of International Health (OIH) and SUMMIT (Stanford University Medical Media and Information Technologies) have partnered to build an internet-enhanced course that will help to address this gap in Stanford course offerings.

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Leopold Leadership Program
Seeks Applicants; Deadline: April 16

ALLPThe Woods Institute's 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
Applications Due 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

IPCC Fourth Assessment Report Panel

April 11, 4:15 - 5:30 p.m.
Building 320, Room 105

Joint Energy Seminar/Environmental Forum, "International Panel on Climate Change Fourth Assessment Report." Featuring Stanford climate experts and Woods Institute senior fellows Chris Field, Carnegie Institution's Department of Global Ecology; Terry Root, professor of Biological Sciences; and Steve Schneider, Melvin & Joan Lane Professor of Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies. Also featuring Dena MacMynowski, Biological Sciences; Michael Mastrandrea, IPER; and John Weyant, Management Science & Engineering.

Don Kennedy on Ethics

April 13, Noon,
Building 60, Room 61A

Former Stanford president and Woods senior fellow Don Kennedy speaks on ethics. Kennedy is also editor-in-chief of Science. Sponsored by Stanford's Program in Ethics in Society.

Stanford Community Day

April 15, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Various locations on campus.

An all-day, family-oriented university "open house" with more than 50 activities sponsored by student groups and departments across campus. New attractions this year include guided tours of Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve and a horse show and pony rides at the Stanford Barn.

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Book Salon Discussion
Through the Arc of the Rainforest

April 25, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Fisher Conference Center, Arrillaga Alumni Center.

Stanford Alumni Association Book Salon wrap-up discussion on Through the Arc of the Rainforest, by Karen Tei Yamashita. Hosted by Ursula Heise, associate professor of English. A website about April's book selection will be available in early April.

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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.

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