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A newsletter of the Stanford School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences
Winter/Spring 2022
John Kerry visiting campus
The U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate visited Stanford to learn about the new school focused on climate and sustainability, met with faculty and students.
Main quad arches and Memorial Church
Kam Moler named transition dean, Steve Graham transition vice-dean of the new school.
students smiling
Faculty leading efforts to design curricula within the new school discuss new courses debuting next fall.
person in wheelchair at vista point
Stanford Earth community members talk about how disability, neurodivergence, and chronic illness have impacted their careers.
Despite a difficult year, students, faculty, and staff submitted 101 photos in the fourth annual Stanford Earth photo contest, affirming that study and research carried on.
Faculty Honors & Awards
Sally Benson: named Deputy Director for Energy, Chief Strategist for the Energy Transition, White House OSTP
Greg BerozaHumboldt Research Award, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation;  Beno Gutenberg Lecture, American Geophysical Union
Lou Durlofsky: elected to National Academy of Engineering
Chris Field: 2022 Japan Prize, Science and Technology Foundation of Japan

David Lobell: 2022 Prize in Food and Agriculture Sciences, National Academy of Sciences

Join Dean Steve Graham and Stanford Earth faculty for conversations about the Fall 2022 launch of the new school.

Tuesday, March 29 | 10:30 am PT, virtual
Departmental perspective with Jon Payne, senior associate dean for faculty affairs and former chair of geological sciences.

Thursday, March 31 | 1:00 pm PT, virtual
Interdisciplinary program perspective with E-IPER director Nicole Ardoin, and Earth Systems Program director Karen Casciotti and deputy director Richard Nevle.

Lift up the stories of alumni peers! Nominations are open for the 2022 Early- to Mid-Career Alumni Award and Distinguished Alumni Award. Recognize the worthy contributions made by Stanford Earth alumni by submitting a nomination by Friday, March 25.

Looking or recruiting for a new job? Check out the  Job Board and related resources. Send new listings to [email protected] for posting.


E-IPER PhD candidate Josheena Naggea is pushing for greater diversity and environmental justice in the field of natural resource management.
"Many of us in the nuclear community find it inconceivable that anyone could directly attack a reactor, but it seems that inconceivable possibility deserves a lot more attention."  
–Rodney Ewing in USA Today

“As we pick up more pieces, the story begins to get tighter and tighter.” 
–Elizabeth Miller in Newsweek

“This paper is about using the physics of moving water as currency.” 
–Rob Dunbar in Stanford Earth Matters 

“The difficulty with electrification is that in an airplane, weight really matters.”
–ERE postdoctoral scholar Evan Sherwin on Marketplace
Home damaged by hurricane
Findings from two new studies could inform public communications and policy to help vulnerable communities protect themselves from extreme climate hazards.
methane flare and gas pipeline
Measuring climate change potential over 100 years underestimates the impact of methane. Scientists suggest a 24-year horizon instead.
geologic meanders through mud
Geologists have long assumed that the evolution of land plants enabled rivers to form snakelike meanders, but a review of recent research calls for a reinterpretation of the rock record.
Beyond the Farm Alumni Day of Service is back and open to all Stanford alumni, family, and friends. Projects are designed and led by alums to help make an impact in local communities based on the interests of the project leaders and the needs of partner service organizations. Want to lead a project? We are here to help!
Volunteers planting a tree
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