Dean’s Update: Drought effects on power plants, Hackbio event, Oosting lecture and more

March 27, 2019
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3.27.19

Hello everyone,

This is always a very hard time of the year. There seems to be too much work. The end is in sight, but not quite close enough. Tempers run high. Things that normally would roll off your back, just don’t. They stick. And there just doesn’t seem to be enough time. If you are feeling this way, chances are someone around you is feeling the same. So, if anything, know that the crush as we head into the end of the semester is always hard. And you are not alone in feeling this. If you need some extra help, our Student Services staff are ready to assist.

In the meantime, I am really excited to announce that after a heroic effort in planning, packing and moving, the Division of Earth and Ocean Sciences (EOS) is in the house! For the first time in NSOE history, we are all together under one (sort of) roof. I hope everyone will make an effort to join us in celebrating the arrival of our EOS faculty and students in their new offices and labs in LSRC and Grainger Hall. Please join us from 4-5 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, in Hug Commons!

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DROUGHT AFFECTS POWER PLANT CAPACITY MORE THAN EXPECTED

Future generating capacity of older power plants with once-through cooling systems will be undercut by droughts and rising water temperatures linked to climate change, finds a new study by alumna Candise Henry PhD'18 and Lincoln Pratson. Future impacts on these plants, which generate about a third of all U.S. electricity, would be exacerbated by environmental regulations that limit water use. Read More>

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NICHOLAS SCHOOL, DUKE CANCER INSTITUTE CO-HOST HACKBIO EVENT

The Nicholas School and the Duke Cancer Institute successfully hosted our first HackBio event last week. The two-day outreach event exposed local high school students from City of Medicine Academy to experiential learning and STEM careers. The event focused on solving challenges around cancer and the environment. Thanks to Jason Somarelli, Nicki Cagle, Tom Schultz, Meagan Dunphy-Daly, Parker Mathews, Emma Schmaltz, Anika Agarwal and Karen Wu for helping make this happen.

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SUSTAINABILITY SCIENTIST NANCY GRIMM TO GIVE OOSTING LECTURE

Sustainability scientist Nancy Grimm, an ecology professor at Arizona State University, will present the 2019 Henry J. Oosting Memorial Lecture in Ecology at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 28, in Field Auditorium. The talk is entitled “Climate Change, Disturbance and Extreme Events: How Will Cities Respond?” Refreshments will be served starting at 4 p.m. in the lobby outside the auditorium. Read more>

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MEM ALUMNA RELEASES FILM ABOUT CORAL ADAPTATION IN PALAU

Gaelin Rosenwaks MEM’04 released a new film, Palau Coral: Glimmer of Hope, that follows a team of scientists as they travel to Palau looking to unlock any mysteries that may help coral adapt and survive rising ocean temperatures. Gaelin, who I was happy to meet a few weeks ago during a trip to New York, is the founder and president of Global Ocean Exploration, a company devoted to bringing cutting-edge expedition science to the public through photography, writing and film.

ALUMNI SOCIAL TO BE HELD IN BEAUFORT ON APRIL 17

Duke University and Nicholas School alumni in the Beaufort area are invited to attend an alumni social from 5:30-7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17 at the Front Street Grill at Stillwater. RSVP>

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Subhrendu Pattanayak and Dalia Patiño Echeverri are part of a group of @DukeU researchers studying why some micro-hydro mini-grids work while others fail. Learn more in this week's @WaysMeansShow: https://bit.ly/2Cy0Aiw

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Stuart Pimm’s Seabird Survival and Dispersal Analysis class traveled to Dry Tortugas National Park, a remote cluster of islands 67 miles west of Key West, during spring break. The group caught and measured sooty terns as part of a @nationalparkservice effort that started in 1959. #WeAreDukeEnvironment
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#WeAreDukeEnvironment

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