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Spring Schedule 2015

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

February 23rd, 2015
"How Much Nature Do We Need? And How Can We Secure It Quickly? "

Will Turner 
Senior Vice President & Chief Scientist, The Betty and Gordon Moore Center for Science and Oceans, Conservation International, Washington, D.C.

March 2nd, 2015 
"Paternalism and Energy Efficiency"

Hunt Alcott
Assistant Professor of Economics
New York University

March 9th, 2015 
 " Does the Environment Still Matter? Daily Temperature and Income in the United States"

Sol Hsiang
Assitant Profesor of Public Policy
University of California , Berkeley

March 16th, 2015 - Spring Break - No STEP seminar



March 23rd, 2015
 "Emotions and Climate Discourse In The Construction Of  Climate Denial "

Kari Norgaard
Associate Professor
Department of Sociology, University of Oregon 

March 30th,  2015
" Can Palm Oil Be Green?"

Xingli Giam
Postdoctoral Research Associate
University of Washington

April 6th, 2015 
" Plants In Space - Testing Assumptions About Species Distributions"

Bethany Bradley
Assistant Professor
Department of Environmental Conservation
University of Massachusetts- Amherst

April 13th, 2015 - "Policy Perspectives on Population Resettlements in Anticipation of Climate Impacts"

Francois Gemenne
Executive Director, Politics of the Earth
FNRS Senior Research Associate,
Sciences Po , Paris, France

April 20th, 2015  "Predictive Evaluation of Energy Storage and OtherTechnologies"

Jessika Trancik
Assistant Professor of Energy Studies
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

April 27th, 2015  "The Effects of the Pet Trade on Indonesian Birds "

Bert Harris
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Princeton University

May 4th , 2015 " Water Scacity in China: Issues, Policies, and Politics"

Scott Moore
International Affairs Fellow,
Council on Foreign Relations, Washington, D.C.

May 11th, 2015 " How Much Energy Do Building Energy Codes Really Save? Evidence From California "

Arik Levinson
Professor of Economics
Georgetown University

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