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Spring Schedule 2017

STEP seminars are held in Wallace Hall 300 (unless specified otherwise )
12 noon until 1pm
(Lunch is served at 11:45a)

February 13th, 2017
China's Revolution of Energy Demand and Supply by 2050: The Role of Buildings and The Built Environment

Nan Zhou

Energy/Environmental Policy Staff Scientist/Engineer
International Energy Analysis Department
China Energy Group
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories
Berkeley, CA.

February 20th, 2017
No scheduled STEP seminar

February 27th, 2017
Good for the Poor, Good for the Forest? Lessons from " Forest-Friendly" Land Titling Efforts in Ecuador

Lisa Naughton

Department Chair, Professor of Geography
University of Wisconsin, Madison


March 6th, 2017
Building Resilience in the Face of Uncertainty

Alice Hill

Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution, formerly
Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Resilience,
National Security Council, The White House

March 13th, 2017
International Partnerships and Technological Leapfrogging in China's Clean Energy Sector

 Joanna Lewis

Associate Professor of Science, Technology and International Affairs
Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service
Georgetown University


March 20th, 2017
No STEP Seminar - Break week

March 27th, 2017
Energy Options for Cleaner Air

Tracey Holloway

Professor of Environmental Studies
Nelson Institute Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE)
University of Wisconsin, Madison

April 3rd, 2017
Tropical Forests: Where Are We Headed?
Rhett Butler

President, Mongabay-Latam

Mongabay seeks to raise interest in and appreciation of nature and wildlife, while examining the impact of emerging trends in climate, technology, economics, and finance on conservation and development.

April 10th, 2017
How Energy Choices Affect Exposures to Bioaccumulative Pollutants at the Local and Global Scales

Elsie Sunderland

Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering
Department of Environmental Health
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

April 17th, 2017

Towards a Comprehensive Assessment of Temperature-related Health Impacts in a Changing Climate

Antonio Gasparrini

Associate Professor of Biostatistics and Epidemiology
Department of Social & Environmental Health Research
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK

April 24th , 2017
Weather,Climate Change,and Death in India

Olivier Deschenes

Professor, Department of Economics
University of California, Santa Barbara

This seminar with co-sponsored with Princeton's Industrial Relations Sector program

May 1st, 2017

Soy Story: Tracking the Impacts of the Global Agricultural Commodity Trade on Species

Jonathan Green

Luc Hoffman Research Institute Fellow
Stockholm Environment Institute
University of York, York , UK

May 8th, 2017

President Obama's Science Advisor's report on Protecting Against Biological Attack

Christopher Chyba

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