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Storytelling in Science Publishing Workshop | Lauren Oakes

Want to write a non-fiction book for a popular audience? Interested in reaching beyond the academic community and sharing a story from your years of research? Publishing with a popular press is a challenging process and one distinctly different from the path to creating an academic book. Join author and Stanford Ph.D. graduate Lauren E. Oakes for a workshop on navigating the popular book-writing process for scholars, from idea to execution to publication and marketing.

Natural and Virtual Realms: An Integrative Approach Towards Understanding Natural and Anthropogenic Drivers of Animal Behavior and Energetics in Marine Ecosystems

Increasing public understanding of the effects of climate change on ecosystems is often limited byour ability to convey the complex interactions between organisms and the dynamic environments inwhich they live.This project will translate data from electronically tagged marine animals, such as alingcod or jellyfish, in the kelp forests of Monterey Bay into virtual reality where humans can enter theunderwater realm to observe or become a fish in order to better understand how their movement andbehavior is driven by the changing environmental conditions.

Simultaneous Reduction of Energy Consumption and Contamination of Drinking Water Supplies From Amine-Based CO2 Capture Technologies

Capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) is a primary option for reducing climate impacts from fossil fuels over the next several decades. One of the most promising technologies for removing CO2 from power plant emissions is amine-based absorption technology. However, amine-based capture is energy-intensive, necessitating increased fossil fuel consumption to achieve the same power output, and reaction of NOx in power plant exhaust with amines forms highly carcinogenic nitrosamines and nitramines, which pose great threats to downstream drinking water supplies.

Mealworm-Based Codigestion of Persistent Plastics and Food Wastes

The persistence of plastic pollution is a huge challenge globally. Hope for solutions is now possible due to research showing that two of the most persistent plastics - polystyrene and polyethylene undergo rapid microbial degradation in the guts of mealworms. This EVP team has discovered that the process can be further accelerated when mealworms are also food wastes. This project seeks to leverage these discoveries by developing new methods for plastic waste management and resource recovery using insects to degrade plastics.

Water and Energy Connections

Understanding this link is critical to successful management of both resources. As the water sector replaces analog with smart water meters, what can water managers and end-users learn from energy smart metering? What demand responses in one system correlate to responses in the other? What management and behavioral strategies can reduce use of energy and water?

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