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December 2009

A Note from PEI's Director

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Thursday, December 31, 2009 (All day)

At PEI we are approaching 2010 with a fresh sense of optimism. The Institute is strong and vital, as this issue of PEI News clearly illustrates. Inside are articles that reflect the scope and vigor of PEI’s research programs, campus collaborations, and the extraordinary opportunities PEI offers Princeton students to augment their capacity to address global environmental problems in and beyond the classroom and campus laboratories.

ENV Freshman Open House

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Thursday, December 31, 2009 (All day)

Food Security, A Growing Crisis in the Gulf Region

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Thursday, December 31, 2009 (All day)

The Gulf region relies upon foreign sources for 60% of its food supply. Agriculture in this region is declining due to lack of water, while simultaneously the population is increasing. The Gulf region’s ability to provide its citizens with an ample supply of affordable food is an issue of growing concern known as “food security,” and it is the focus of Eckart Woertz’s research.

Grand Challenges Highlights: Fall/Winter 2009

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Thursday, December 31, 2009 (All day)

Now in its third year of funding, the Grand Challenges Initiative, administered by PEI in collaboration with the Woodrow Wilson School and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, has created a diverse research and scholarship endeavor. Below are a few recent highlights from each of the Grand Challenges:

Internship Program Strengthens Links Between In- and Outside Classroom

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Thursday, December 31, 2009 (All day)
Internships

Interview with Bernard Haykel

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Thursday, December 31, 2009 (All day)

PEI and the Oil, Energy and the Middle East Initiative Collaborate to Solidify Princeton’s Role as World Leader in this Field

Bernard Haykel

Meet Dr. Kate Hadley Baker

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Thursday, December 31, 2009 (All day)

Profile: Fall 2009 BP Vann Visiting Fellow

Kate Baker

"I seek ways to strengthen the BP-Princeton relations, especially outside of the Carbon Mitigation Initiative, which I think is already well cared for. There are many Princeton programs that Potentially inform BP's thinking ..."

PEI Awards Seven ENV Studies Prizes and Names 38 ENV Studies Certificates

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Thursday, December 31, 2009 (All day)
Awards
From the top: Stephen W. Pacala and T.A. Barron; Members of the class of 2009, (photos: Carol H. Peters) T.A. Barron and Ruthie Schwab.

Princeton Sustainability

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Thursday, December 31, 2009 (All day)
Ruthie Schwab

Research & Center Fall/Winter 2009

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Thursday, December 31, 2009 (All day)

Carbon Mitigation Initiative

Craig Arnold, associate professor of MAE, becomes acting co-director of CMI while Rob Socolow is on sabbatical during 2009–2010.

CMI announces new members of the CMI Advisory Council: Dallas Burtraw, Senior Fellow, Resources for the Future; Michael A. Levi, David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment, Council on Foreign Relations.

Trenton Franz Awarded Funding from Walbridge Fund

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Thursday, December 31, 2009 (All day)
Trenton Franz
Trenton Franz

Climate Talks Make Way for a Design Show

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Saturday, December 19, 2009 (All day)

"Is Copenhagen the watershed or just another missed opportunity — there’s no way to tell yet," said Michael Oppenheimer, a Princeton University climate scientist who attended the talks. 

NASA, Google Offer More Precise Emissions Tracking

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Thursday, December 17, 2009 (All day)

Simon Levin Receives Michigan State University Honorary Degree

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Thursday, December 17, 2009 (All day)

PEI's Oppenheimer Discusses Greater Sea Level Rise from Warming

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009 (All day)

Study: Earth's Polar Ice Sheets Vulnerable to Even Moderate Global Warming

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009 (All day)

An additional 2 degrees of global warming could commit the planet to 6 to 9 meters (20 to 30 feet) of long-term sea level rise

A new analysis of the geological record of the Earth's sea level, carried out by scientists at Princeton and Harvard universities and published in the Dec. 16 issue of Nature, employs a novel statistical approach that reveals the planet's polar ice sheets are vulnerable to large-scale melting even under moderate global warming scenarios. Such melting would lead to a large and relatively rapid rise in global sea level.

Going Underground for a Climate Solution

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Monday, December 14, 2009 (All day)
Catherine Peters
Catherine Peters, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, tours the Homestake Mine in South Dakota, where she plans to test whether the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide can be stored safely underground. (Photo: Bill Harlan/Sanford Underground Laboratory)

Martonosi named fellow of of leading engineering societies

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Monday, December 14, 2009 (All day)

PEI's Oppenheimer Answers New York Times Question: How Much Climate Aid Is Enough?

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Friday, December 11, 2009 (All day)

PEI Robert Socolow Offers Perspective On Climate Change

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Monday, December 7, 2009 (All day)
Robert Socolow
Robert Socolow (Photo: Frank Wojciechowski)

Name: Robert Socolow