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Ocean waters prevent release of ancient methane

Wed, 17 Jan 2018

Ocean sediments are a massive storehouse for the potent greenhouse gas methane. But methane only acts as a greenhouse gas if and when it reaches the atmosphere. Environmental scientist Katy Sparrow ’17 (PhD) set out to discover whether or not this ancient-sourced methane, released due to warming ocean waters, survives to be emitted to the atmosphere.


Summer research that’s totally (nano)tubular

Fri, 11 Aug 2017

Chemistry major Austin Bailey ’18 (T5) has spent his summer developing a special polymer to attach other molecules to nanotubes, and his work could have significant applications for creating renewable energy sources.


Student follows liquid metal flow to build a better battery

Tue, 01 Aug 2017

Meghan Patrick '18 has spent her summer studying the use of liquid metal batteries on a scale large enough to power entire cities in conjunction with solar and wind power. Patrick is helping the lab figure out where to place ultrasound probes that can capture detailed measurements of how fluids flow in those batteries and how that affects their performance.


Philosopher Randall Curren considers why sustainability matters

Mon, 10 Jul 2017

In his new book Living Well Now and in the Future: Why Sustainability Matters Curren argues that the core of sustainability is the “long-term preservation of opportunities to live well.”


Engineering students travel to Dominican school to build clean water system

Wed, 26 Apr 2017

Engineers Without Borders partners with the Escuela Taller Santa Maria Josefa Rossello school to provide clean drinking water for the more than 400 pre-K-through-8th grade students