News & Events


  • 02/21/20

    Organic electronics for a sustainable planet

    On Thursday, February 27, 2020, at 4:30 pm in Rackham Amphitheater, Stephen Forrest will give the Henry Russel Lecture, reflecting his receipt of the University of Michigan’s highest honor for senior faculty members. He will speak on “Carbon vs. carbon dioxide: Using carbon-based (organic) electronics for a more sustainable planet,”…

  • 02/18/20

    Climate policy discussions featuring Karl Hausker of the World Resources Institute

    On Thursday and Friday, February 20-21, 2020, the University of Michigan is hosting Senior Fellow Karl Hausker of the World Resources Institute (WRI) for a set of discussions and meetings on climate policy. Dr. Hausker leads the analysis and modeling of climate mitigation, electricity market design and the social cost of…

  • 01/27/20

    The Economics of Carbon Neutrality at the University of Michigan

    The President’s Commission on Carbon Neutrality is developing recommendations for reaching U-M’s stated goal of achieving carbon neutrality in keeping with the scientific recognition of just how urgent it is for the world to greatly slash CO2 and other greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Some of the big questions to be answered…

  • 01/14/20

    Earth Day at 50

    This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day, first held in 1970, and the University of Michigan’s Earth Day at 50 initiative is organizing campus-wide activities to celebrate this formative event in the history of sustainability and continue its crucial mission. Numerous events are planned at U-M and…

  • 12/08/19

    Nobel Symposium 2019

    Presented by the U-M Center for the Study of Complex Systems, this afternoon symposium on Tuesday, December 10, will feature eight U-M faculty members discussing the work, impact and personality of this year’s seven Nobel Laureates. Students are encouraged to attend this free event, which is also open to the public….

  • 11/30/19

    Energy Rebound Effect of Connected & Automated Vehicles

    On Thursday December 5, associate professor Ming Xu will give a talk on how future connected and automated vehicles (CAVs) might “backfire” in terms of energy consumption. Modeling studies by Xu and his doctoral student Morteza Taiebat show that even though CAVs offer efficiency gains, the resulting convenience and personal…

  • 11/19/19

    New control strategies for fuel cells: dissertation defense by Alireza Goshtasbi

    On Monday, November 25 at 11:00 am, Ph.D. candidate Alireza Goshtasbi will present “Modeling, Parameter Identification, and Degradation-Conscious Control of Polymer Electrolyte Membrane (PEM) Fuel Cells,” as the public defense of his dissertation for the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Hydrogen fueled PEM cells offer a zero-emission alternative to the internal…

  • 11/12/19

    Energy Transitions and the Trump Administration

    On Thursday, November 21 at noon, Professor Alexandra Klass from University of Minnesota Law School will speak on “U.S. Energy Transitions in the Trump Administration.” She will discuss recent developments in U.S. energy law, policy, economics and technology in light of the dramatic policy shifts announced by President Trump and his…

  • 11/06/19

    “Paris to Pittsburg” film screening and panel discussion

    Coming up on November 12 is a free screening of the National Geographic documentary, “Paris to Pittsburgh.” This film captures the current state of the national debate over America’s energy future, examining how progress is being made in communities across the country in spite of U.S. political leaders’ decision to…

  • 11/03/19

    Can we make nuclear energy relevant in time to mitigate climate change?

    This week’s NERS Colloquium will feature Ning Li of the Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation, which is commercializing “Nuclear Energy 2.0” with fundamentally safe and manufactured systems that lower costs and can restore public confidence in the technology. Dr. Li will discuss how researchers and industry can rejuvenate nuclear power quickly…