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Sunday, April 13
Monday, April 14
The (Rocky) Path to 80 Percent Renewables, Warren Powell
Warren Powell - Professor, Department of  Operations Research and Financial Engineering, Director, Princeton Laboratory for Energy Systems Analysis( PENSA), Princeton University
Wallace Hall, Room 300  ·  12:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m.
PEI-STEP Application Deadline
The PEI-STEP Program Half-time fellowships (stipend and tuition) are provided for 24 months, to permit Ph.D. students in science and engineering to address the environmental policy implications of their thesis research through supplementary course-work and policy-oriented research. Fellows will also be awarded an additional $3,500 for research support. Students in the humanities and social sciences who wish to enhance their research with studies in environmental science and engineering will also be considered. The goal of PEI-STEP is to make students more effective and more versatile in their careers as scientists, teachers, and leaders in the public and private sectors and to increase awareness among science and engineering students and faculty of how their discipline-based skills can be brought to bear on environmental problems.

APPLICATIONS: Currently-enrolled graduate students in their first, second, or third year in science and engineering departments are eligible to apply. Humanities and social sciences students who are interested in this program should consult with the PEI-STEP Interim Director, Professor Denise Mauzerall, prior to completing an application. The application must include a CV, graduate transcript, project description, and a description of the central thesis research, worked out in cooperation with the student's thesis adviser and the proposed PEI-STEP adviser. Letters of support from both advisers are required. Criteria for selection include a strong academic record, a well-thought-out research plan and engagement of the thesis adviser in the research plan.

To apply, please go to:
Location: N/A  ·  11:55 p.m.11:55 p.m.
Tuesday, April 15
Wednesday, April 16
That's Not Funny! A Panel on Environmental Comedy, Jenny Price
The event is part of PEI's "What Arts & Humanities Are Good For" series.
Participants:  Nathanael Johnson, Grist food writer; Yoram Bauman, the world's only stand-up  economist; Jenny Price, PEI Barron Professor of the Environment and the Humanities.
Guyot Hall Room 10  ·  4:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m.
Late Night Comedy Show With -- Stand-up Economist Yoram Bauman Plus Student Opening Acts

Yoram Bauman - hour-long stand-up shows aim to spread joy to the world through economics comedy; to reform economics education; and to advocate carbon pricing, preferably through a revenue-neutral tax shift involving lower taxes on things we like (working, saving, investing) and higher taxes on things we don't like (e.g., carbon).
Yoram Bauman, is "the world's first and only stand-up economist," performs regularly at colleges and corporate events, sharing the stage with everyone from Robin Williams to Paul Krugman. He has appeared in TIME Magazine and on PBS and NPR, and is the organizer of the humor session at the annual meeting of the American Economic Association. An environmental economist with a Ph.D. from the University of Washington, he is part of the effort to bring a revenue-neutral carbon tax to Washington State. Yoram is co-author of the two-volume Cartoon Introduction to Economics, the forthcoming Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change, and the 1998 book Tax Shift, which was written with Alan Durning of Sightline Institute and helped inspire the revenue-neutral carbon tax in British Columbia. In 2011, he worked in Beijing as a visiting scholar at the University of International Business and Economics.

Refreshments will be provided.

The event is part of PEI's "What Arts & Humanities Are Good For" series.
Campus Club  ·  9:30 p.m.10:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 17
Arming Mother Nature: Environmental Crisis and Human Vulnerability, Jacob Darwin Hamblin
How did we come to see the earth, and ourselves, as vulnerable? My presentation addresses this question by highlighting some themes from my recent book Arming Mother Nature: The Birth of Catastrophic Environmentalism.  The book itself challenges us to consider how much our views of global environmental change come from collaboration between scientists and the military as they planned to fight, and to survive, a third world war. It shows how early plans for biological and radiological weapons helped to normalize work on crop destruction, weather control, climate alteration, and ecosystem disruption. It reveals how imagining a war of this kind stimulated enormous amounts of work on the possibilities of anthropogenic change, and the vulnerability of humans to environmental catastrophes. The book establishes an alternative view of the rise of environmental thought by connecting it explicitly to the collaboration between scientists and the military.  As I wrote in a New York Times op-Ed called “Ecology Lessons from the Cold War,” several of the indispensable aspects of environmental thought—such as biodiversity—were perceived in the 1950s as strategies of surviving a global world war.

As part of my presentation, I will discuss some of the reactions to my argument by scientists, activists, and scholars, as a way of exploring the opportunities and pitfalls within the environmental humanities.
Dickinson Hall, Room 211  ·  4:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m.
Friday, April 18
Saturday, April 19