January 2009             


Stanford Launches Precourt Institute for Energy

On Jan. 12, Stanford launched the Precourt Institute for Energy to find solutions to a wide range of global challenges - from energy efficiency to development of renewable sources. A number of Woods faculty members are expected to participate in the new research institute, which is led by Senior Fellow Lynn Orr.

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Mel Lane Student Program Grants

Five student group projects have been awarded Mel Lane Student Program Grants for autumn quarter 2008. The deadline to apply for spring 2009 grants is March 6.

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Tropics Face Food Crisis by 2100

Rapidly warming climate is likely to seriously alter crop yields in the tropics and subtropics by 2100 and, without adaptation, leave half of the world’s population facing serious food shortages, according to a study in the journal Science co-authored by Senior Fellow Rosamond Naylor.

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Wind, Water, and Sun Beat Other Energy Alternatives

The best ways to improve energy security, mitigate global warming, and reduce the number of deaths caused by air pollution are blowing in the wind and rippling in the water, says Senior Fellow Mark Z. Jacobson.

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California Crops at Risk from Climate Change

Global warming will likely put enormous strain on California’s water supply and have a devastating impact on certain crops, say Woods researchers Michael Mastrandrea and David Lobell.

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Buzz Thompson Receives 2008 Lyman Award

Woods Co-Director Buzz Thompson is recipient of the 2008 Richard W. Lyman Award for exceptional volunteer service to Stanford.

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Chris Field Named AAAS Fellow

Senior Fellow Chris Field is among six Stanford scholars named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

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Bush Protects Unique Areas across the Pacific

Senior Fellow Steve Palumbi comments on the Bush Administration’s establishment of three new national monuments in the Pacific Ocean.

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Op-Ed: Dirty Coal is Winning

Lower prices for oil is bad news for investors in green energy. But the big winner is likely to be dirty coal, according to a Newsweek op-ed by Senior Fellow David Victor and Stanford researcher Varun Rai.

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Rock Star Science Team

On public radio’s "Living on Earth," Senior Fellow Steve Schneider discussed Obama’s nominees for White House Science Advisor, Energy Secretary, and NOAA director.

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Environmental Forum Adds New Series on Infectious Diseases & the Environment

February marks the launch of a new addition to the Environmental Forum: the Infectious Diseases & the Environment Speaker Series, jointly funded by the Woods Institute and the Stanford School of Medicine’s Institute for Immunity, Transplantation and Infection. The new series will address the impacts of environmental change on human health. Lectures take place on Thursdays, 3:30-5:00 pm, in the Y2E2 Building, Room 299. Wine and cheese reception to follow.

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Sustainable Built Environment Seminars

Three seminars on the sustainable built environment will be held in February on Thursdays, 12:00-1:00 pm, in the Y2E2 Building, Room 300. Lunch is provided.

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Energy Seminar

This weekly lecture series presents talks on a broad range of energy topics, from geothermal energy to the future of coal. The Energy Seminar takes place on Wednesdays, 4:15-5:15 pm, in Building 420, Room 40.

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Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowships Program

The Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowships (SIGF) Program awards three-year fellowships to outstanding doctoral students engaged in interdisciplinary research on the environment, international studies, human health, and other areas. SIGF is a competitive, university-wide program administered by the Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education. Doctoral candidates currently in years one to three of graduate study at Stanford may apply. Applications are due March 20, 2009. For more information visit http://sigf.stanford.edu



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