U-M Energy Institute Director Dr. Mark Barteau will leave U-M to join Texas A&M University as Vice President of Research, effective February 15. Dr. Bart Bartlett, Associate Professor of Chemistry in U-M’s College of Literature, Science, and the Arts and the Energy Institute’s Associate Director for Science and Technology, will serve as Interim Director.
The U-M Office of Research (UMOR) has convened a team of faculty from across campus to mount a search for the next Director.
Electric eels, which slither along the muddy bottoms of ponds and streams in the Amazon and Orinoco river basins of South America, can cause a shock powerful enough to knock a horse off its feet. Their power comes from cells called electrocytes that discharge when the eel is hunting or feels threatened.
Alaska may open up again for oil leasing, but risks linger
Associated Press, feat. Mark Barteau
President Donald Trump’s plan to open America’s oceans to petroleum drilling drew condemnation from West Coast and Florida governors but was welcomed in the state where most lease sales could be held.
Alaska Gov. Bill Walker, an independent facing re-election this year, embraced Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s proposed 19 lease sales in the state, including six in the potentially oil rich but environmentally sensitive Arctic Ocean waters.
Under Trump, climate change not a national security threat
The Washington Post, feat. Rosina Bierbaum
President Donald Trump removed climate change from the list of worldwide threats menacing the United States on Monday, a shift that underscores the long-term ramifications of the “America first” worldview he laid out in his new National Security Strategy.
The University of Michigan Regents resolved in 1948 that: “...the University of Michigan create a War Memorial Center to explore the ways and means by which the potentialities of atomic energy may become a beneficent influence in the life of man, to be known as the Phoenix Project of the University of Michigan.”
Ethanol worsens climate change, yet EPA demands more of it
Morning Consult, feat. John DeCicco
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt took a trip to Iowa last week to meet with ethanol producers. But the day before he headed to the Hawkeye State, the agency doubled down on the biofuel boondoggle, announcing it would mandate yet another increase in the amount of ethanol forced into our nation’s motor fuel.
In 2016, the University of Michigan emitted 641,000 metric tons, or 1,413,161,420 pounds, of carbon dioxide. This represents approximately 30% of Ann Arbor’s total emissions footprint.
This fall, student teams battled to best conceptualize what 641,000 tons actually looks like during the Energy + competition, which culminated in a judging session this week at the Duderstadt Center. The challenge, offered by the Energy Institute and the Duderstadt Media Commons, sought to demonstrate to students the interconnectedness of energy with the built environment, the climate, and the centrality of energy in society.
Score one for corn: In battle over biofuel, a rare setback for Big Oil
The New York Times, feat. John DeCicco
America’s cars run partly on fuels derived from corn and soy. That’s because of a decade-old federal mandate beloved by Midwestern farmers but opposed by an unusual coalition of oil refiners and environmentalists.
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