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Research: Fall Term Devoted to Energy

Centering on one of its three major cross-disciplinary focus areas — energy technologies, engineering in medicine, and complex systems — Thayer School filled fall term with special public lectures on energy challenges and issues.

WINDS OF CHANGE: Solutions to the energy crisis formed the core of special lectures during fall term.
WINDS OF CHANGE: Solutions to the energy crisis formed the core of special lectures during fall term.

An intensive one-day Dartmouth Energy Symposium, organized by longtime alternative energy researcher and advocate Professor Lee Lynd, presented energy as a defining challenge of our time. Featuring Lisa Margonelli, author of Oil on the Brain; Jason Grumet, Director of the National Commission on Energy Policy; Dan Reicher, Director of Climate Change and Energy Initiatives at Google; and former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, the symposium addressed environmental, scientific, technological, policy, and business issues surrounding energy. “We’re at a crossroads,” Margonelli told an audience of some 200 students, faculty, and community members. “The next two generations are going to be devoted to untangling this big knot of energy.” But symposium speakers projected optimism for solving the energy crisis. As Margonelli said, “It’s a big exciting project with tremendous opportunities.”

Thayer School’s weekly Jones Seminars furthered the focus on energy, with discussions ranging from closing the carbon loop to hydrogen storage in future zero-emission vehicles. And in a two-day residency sponsored by Thayer’s Abbot Technology Leaders Program, Cathy Zoi Th’85, CEO of Al Gore’s Alliance for Climate Protection, urged students to join the quest for sustainable solutions to energy-related environmental issues. Zoi outlined the Alliance’s can-do approach: “Create hope, not fear. Issue an invitation, not an accusation. Underscore solvability and opportunity. Make friends, not enemies.”

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Categories: The Great Hall, Research

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