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Environmental research combines science and policy
STANFORD -- Research on environmental issues, spread across a wide range of departments and schools at Stanford University, revolves around several strengths:
In addition, this spring the biological sciences department hired climatologist and global-change expert Stephen Schneider in a joint appointment with the Institute for International Studies.
When Donald Kennedy steps down as Stanford president this summer, he plans to return to the biological sciences department. A former head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Kennedy brings expertise in both research and policy aspects of environmental issues, his colleagues said. Even during his time as president, he taught several lectures in the introductory Earth Systems undergraduate course.
Kennedy will set up shop in the Institute for International Studies, where he will take a leading role in promoting interdisciplinary teaching and research in the environmental field.
"Don is an enormous asset on the environment," Ehrlich said. "This is not a case of an administrator retiring and trying to find something to do."
This spring, McCarty received the Tyler Prize, the environmental equivalent of a Nobel Prize, for his work.
In engineering-economic systems, Chairman James Sweeney studies the economics of energy; and the Energy Modeling Forum, led by John Weyant, brings together more than 60 experts from around the world to study the economics of energy policy and the consequences of decreasing fossil fuel emissions. The forum, which has been in existence for 15 years, recently included environmental effects in its models, Sweeney said.
Other economists with environmental interests include Alan Manne in operations research, and Walter Falcon and Carl Gotsch of the Food Research Institute.
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