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A newsletter of the Stanford School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences
Summer 2021
Students on field trip. Photo by Elizabeth Miller
Recipients of the school’s annual Excellence in Teaching Awards are selected based on nominations from students, faculty, and alumni.
Commencement flag waving. Photo by Alyssa Ferree
Stanford Earth grads have the skills and knowledge to persevere in the face of new challenges and uncertainty, according to Dean Stephan Graham.
Book on the beach
Faculty at Stanford's School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences recommend these 29 books for your summer reading.
ALSO: A thought-provoking new public art installation on campus, with geologic definitions and descriptions from Don Lowe; in a critical commentary, E-IPER director Nicole Ardoin and others argue for deeper investments in environmental and science education; Howard Zebker’s research group will look for volcanic and tectonic activity on Venus as part of the new NASA mission

Honors & Awards
William Ellsworth: Harry Fielding Reid Medal, Seismological Society of America
Margot Gerritsenhonorary doctorate, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands
Rosemary Knight: Maurice Ewing Medal, Society of Exploration Geophysicists
Pamela Matson: Deborah Rhode Lifetime Achievement Award, Stanford Faculty Women’s Forum
Elizabeth Miller and Sibyl Diver: Stanford Earth Excellence in Teaching Award
David PollardWollaston Medal, Geological Society of London
Sonia Tikoo-Schantz: Inspiring Early Academic Career Award, Stanford Faculty Women's Forum
Gabrielle Wong-Parodi: CAREER Award, National Science Foundation (NSF) 

Recent Stories:

Q&A: Why environmental justice motivates geoscientists
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Also: Jef Caers shares his identity journey in “I am”
See Stanford Earth's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion website
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Stanford Earth Celebrates DEI Service

Tuesday, July 13, 2021, 12:00 PM, Virtual

Stanford Earth Virtual Reception at IMAGE
Monday, September 27, 2021, 5:30 PM, Virtual

Stanford Earth Virtual Reception at GSA
Monday, October 11, 2021, 5:30 PM, Virtual

Stanford Reunion
Thursday, October 21, through Sunday, October 24, 2021


Lauren Nolen, '21 (Earth Systems), hopes to use her sustainable finance background to help catalyze investment in innovative ideas for a carbon-neutral future.
Lauren Nolen. Photo courtesy of Lauren Nolen
“Solar geoengineering is not a substitute for decarbonizing.” 
–Chris Field in the New York Times

“You calculate the probability of an event against the expense—and often cost is the driver.” 
–Rod Ewing on Fukushima in National Geographic 

“Forests and other lands currently absorb one-third of global carbon pollution…. We need to understand whether this valuable service will continue.”
–Rob Jackson in Gizmodo

“Normally we’d say the ice sheet would just shrug off weather.” 
–Dustin Schroeder in Stanford Earth Matters
Signing of legislation. Image by Flickr
The Biden administration’s ambitious plans for environmental progress face complex obstacles. Stanford experts offer insights on the challenges and possible solutions.
Fault rupture. Photo by Ben Brooks, USGS
Because foreshocks precede larger quakes, they have long presented the tantalizing prospect of warning of potentially damaging earthquakes. New computer models are helping to demystify their physical processes. 
School of mackerel photo by iStock
Twenty years ago, a Stanford-led analysis sparked controversy by highlighting fish farming’s damage to ocean fisheries. A follow-up looks at progress and opportunities for sustainable growth.
Cement plant in China. Image by Shutterstock
Replacing one of concrete’s main ingredients with volcanic rock could make it a more resilient building material while slashing carbon emissions from its manufacture.
ALSO: Check out our new story collection: The science behind decarbonization, with research and insights from Stanford experts who are revealing the stakes of emission cuts, enabling better carbon accounting, predicting the consequences of future emission pathways, and mapping out viable solutions.
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