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The New Face of Leadership

Those who will help lead us through the cumulative crises we face today need the ability to listen, communicate, empathize, speak truthfully, collaborate, create transparency, fail and recover, and maintain a sense of humor. These, not unassailable authority, are what will lead us to solutions.

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Alumni News

Students’ Energy Research Lights Up New Flagship McDonald's

From an environmental point of view, the most magical new attraction at the Magic Kingdom this year isn’t a ride or show. It’s a McDonald’s – the first of its kind anywhere – that generates all its own energy from renewable sources.

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Pathway to Success

Since 2012, the Nicholas School's ESSP program has helped more than 270 talented high school students from underserved communities enhance their environmental literacy and explore careers in STEM fields.

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Student Experience

Making the Connection

The Nicholas School’s ELEMENT outreach program takes a new approach to getting elementary-school students excited about science and the environment.

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Research roundup

  • Speaking Truth to Congress
  • ‘Unfavorable’ Food Environments Found Near HBCUs
  • $2.4M Grant Funds Clean Energy Research
  • Species-Tracking Technology Wins 2020 Ocean Award

  • Shedding Light on a Dark Biosphere

  • A Pioneer in Planetary Health 

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School News

  • Calculating Classroom COVID Risks 

  • Stepping Up for First Responders

  • WILD Program Targets Emerging Water Leaders 
  • Wetland Center Preps for Major Expansion

  • Learning to Lead 

  • Students “Seas the Day” with Podcasts

  • Undergrads Launch “Operation Climate”

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$20 Million Gift Strengthens Faculty Expertise on Climate Solutions

The Nicholas School received a $20 million gift earlier this year to strengthen faculty research and teaching aimed at finding solutions to climate change and other pressing environmental challenges confronting society.

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Faculty News

  • Clark Elected to National Academy of Sciences
  • Mullin Wins Fellowship to Study Climate Justice
  • Three Faculty Named Distinguished Professors
  • New Award Recognizes Excellence in Teaching 
  • Two ‘Rising Stars’ of Science Join School
  • Birnbaum Named Scholar-in-Residence 
  • Katul Wins National Recognition 
  • Pimm Receives Rare Honor

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Thank You to Our Loyal Supporters

With grateful appreciation, we recognize our Annual Fund leadership donors, Summit Society donors and committed Nicholas School alumni who have engaged in the Go·Grow·Give program during the previous academic year.