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Earth and Environment

The Green Grail: The Quest for Alternative Fuels

Research is taking place both at Yale and across the country to develop clean and sustainable energy systems, and for the first time in many years there is reason to be optimistic that a viable solution to the energy dilemma is on the horizon.

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Human Evolution Renewed: A Search for Ecologial and Genetic Reasons Behind Our Humanity

The study of human evolution is a topic of great interest on many levels. Stephen Stearns, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, is currently seek­ing evidence for the existence of modern day natural selection among the human population.

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The Merging of Science and Art: Charles Darwin Exhibit Featured at the Yale British Art Center

For the bicentennial anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin, the Yale British Art Center, in conjunc­tion with the Fitzwilliam Museum of the University of Cambridge, put together a phenomenal collection of paintings, sketches, specimens and original docu­ments from Darwin’s era.

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Professor Awarded Moore Medal for Excellence in Paleontology

Leo Hickey, Professor of Geology & Geophys­ics and Biology, attended the 2009 President’s Reception and Awards Ceremony sponsored by the Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM) to receive the Raymond C. Moore Medal.

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Alumnus Profile: Cheryl Hayashi SM ’88: “From Science Hill to Spider Silk Studies”

Cheryl Hayashi SM ’88 (Ph.D. ’96), a 2007 MacArthur Fellow, has had a lifelong curiosity about nature, and a Yale campus job feeding a spider colony in a lab eventually propelled her into research on spider silk.

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The Return of the Fairy Shrimp

In the late 1950s, the fairy shrimp Eubranchipus holmani appeared to have vanished. However, Dr. Eric A. Lazo-Wasem, senior collections manager in the Peabody Museum’s Division of Invertebrate Zoology, has rediscovered a population of the species.

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Sabin Prize Competition for Environmental Ventures Opened

The Sabin Environmental Venture Prize is a $25,000 award that will be given in recognition of environmental entrepreneurship, in the hopes of exciting and encouraging sustainable environmental businesses.

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The Science of Attraction

Instead of their fellow Homo sapiens, Yale professor Antónia Monteiro and researcher Patricia Brennan study the courtship behaviors of butterflies and ducks, and their work has been featured in several programs such as PBS’s “Nature”.

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Undergraduate Profile: Micah Ziegler PC ’08: “A Man of Sustainable Ambitions”

After graduating with a B.S. in Chemistry and a wealth of academic honors, Micah Ziegler plans to use his skills to develop sustainable technologies and to promote the message of environmental protection.

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An Inconvenient Truth, A Surprisingly Convenient Solution

Seeking potential methods of reducing carbon emissions, Yale professors in the Geology and Geophysics Department are studying some of the questions raised with the development of carbon sequestration techniques.

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