November 2008             


Woods Institute and Bill Lane Center Host Workshop on 'Water in the West'

On Nov. 11-12, more than 50 researchers, policymakers, business leaders, and NGO representatives attended a workshop on "Water in the West" hosted by the Woods Institute and the Bill Lane Center for the West. The two-day discussion focused on finding practical ways to meet the growing demand for freshwater in the Western United States. Click here to view the agenda and list of speakers...





Traditional Farming Sustains Bird Diversity in India

A remote area of southwest India provides evidence that farming can support species conservation, according to a study co-authored by Senior Fellow Gretchen Daily.

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Milestone: 1,000th Giant Bluefin Tuna Tagged

A 10-foot-long Atlantic bluefin tuna weighing more than half-a-ton had the honor of being fitted with the 1,000th electronic tracking tag on Oct. 20 off Port Hood, Nova Scotia. The prized fish was tagged by a scientific team from the Tag-A-Giant campaign co-founded by Barbara Block, senior fellow, by courtesy.

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Precourt Institute Awards New Round of Faculty Research Grants

Stanford's Precourt Institute for Energy Efficiency awarded its second round of competitive research grants to members of the Stanford faculty. Seven proposals will receive a total of $824,000 in seed grants over the next year for projects designed to promote energy-efficient behaviors and technologies.

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Woods Launches New Website

The newly revamped Woods Institute website can now be viewed online. Please visit



Peter Vitousek Named IPER Faculty Director

Stanford's Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Environment and Resources (IPER) announced that Peter Vitousek will replace Gretchen Daily as faculty director in January 2009. Both are senior fellows at Woods.

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Climate Change Effect on Ocean Causing Sea Change

Senior Fellow Stephen Schneider comments on the impact of climate change on ocean acidification.

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California Gets Dire Warning on Global Warming

Senior Fellow Jim Sweeney, director of Stanford's Precourt Institute for Energy Efficiency, is quoted.

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2009 Environmental Venture Projects Grants (Deadline: Jan. 9, 2009)

Stanford faculty are invited to submit letters of intent for the 2009 Environmental Venture Projects program grants. This year marks the sixth round of EVP grants, which provide seed funding for interdisciplinary research leading to practical solutions for an environmentally sustainable world. Deadline for application is Jan. 9, 2009. Proposals from all schools, departments, and disciplines are welcomed and encouraged. Letters of intent can be submitted at:


Woods Environmental Undergraduate Research Program (Deadline: Dec. 12, 2008)

Stanford faculty are invited to submit applications for the winter term Environmental Undergraduate Research Program (Woods-EURP), which offers internship opportunities for Stanford undergraduates to work on research projects with environmental faculty and research staff. Deadline for application is December 12, 2008.

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Energy Seminar: Wednesdays, 4:15-5:15pm

The Stanford community is invited to attend the weekly Energy Seminar, an interdisciplinary series of talks on a broad range of energy topics.

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Environmental Forum: Thursdays, 3:30-5:00pm

Weekly talks by experts on a broad range of environmental issues, from biofuels to ocean conservation to climate change. Wine and cheese reception follows each lecture.

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