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Winter/Spring 2021
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Many details remain to be decided, but a vision is taking shape. A Stanford Report story summarizes recommendations presented to the Faculty Senate. Andrew Brodhead.SNS.290x140.jpg
After a devastating and demanding several months, research at Stanford remains limited but could offer glimpses into how lab life might operate in the future.
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The geological sciences department has redesigned its undergraduate major and minor for the 2020-21 academic year, opting for lower unit counts and a more diverse curriculum.
Also: Dean’s Blog: students, faculty, and staff gathered for a Mars landing party—check out the video! Interest in alien life lured geomicrobiologist Anne Dekas to the deep sea. Karen Casciotti is honored by the Geochemical Society with the 2020 John Hayes Award. 

Recent Stories:

—What does it mean to be Black in the geosciences
—What role do religion and spirituality play in scientific pursuits?
—What does it mean to be a woman in the geosciences?

See the entire #StanfordEarthCelebrates story collection
Get involved with DEI efforts at Stanford Earth
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LAST CHANCE! We welcome your nominations for the 2021 Early- to Mid-Career Alumni Award and Distinguished Alumni Award. Nominations are due March 26.
Recruiting or looking for a new job? Check out our job board and related resources. Send new listings to [email protected] for posting.
Coffee Convos: First Women Leaders at Stanford Earth
March 29, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. PT, Virtual
TomKat Center Innovation Showcase
April 21, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. PT, Virtual
A Conversation with Debra Roberts
May 6, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. PT, Virtual


Earth Systems major Rachel Portillo, '21, is working with nonprofits near her New Mexico home to help improve management of traditional communal irrigation canals called “acequias” in her community. 
“It’s a little counterintuitive to think about droughts over the ocean, because it’s wet.”
—Julio Herrera Estrada in Scientific American

“We can form all sorts of gemstones potentially in space, as long as you have the right chemistry in the right temperature and conditions.”
—Wendy Mao in Discover

“International law indicates that funders should not have the power to decide whether sovereign nations can survive climate change.”
—Autumn Bordner and Caroline E. Ferguson in an essay about the Marshall Islands in The Conversation

“In the absence of adaptation we can expect more big disasters … with poor and marginalized communities experiencing the greatest vulnerability.” 
—Noah Diffenbaugh in testimony before the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, & Technology
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Researchers found that 36 percent of the costs of flooding in the U.S. from 1988 to 2017 were a result of intensifying precipitation, consistent with predictions of global warming.
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Podcast/video: Sourcing materials used in batteries is environmentally fraught and expensive. AI can quickly identify new resources, optimize existing ones, and improve refining processes.
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Ten years after an earthquake and tsunami set off the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear meltdown, experts discuss revelations about radiation from the disaster, advances in earthquake science, and lessons for reducing future risks.
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Wildfire smoke will be one of the most widely felt health impacts of climate change throughout the country, but U.S. clean air regulations are not equipped to deal with it. 
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