Four of California’s top research universities, including Stanford, have joined forces in an effort to increase the presence of underrepresented minorities among faculty in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.
School of Earth Sciences
Classes in the School of Earth Sciences are becoming increasingly popular, with enrollment rising approximately 40 percent in the past six years. Pamela Matson, dean of the School of Earth Sciences, attributed increased student enrollment to the growing interest in focus on sustainability challenges.
Ten miles off the coast of Costa Rica, Stanford researcher Jennifer Saltzman stands on the ship deck of the JOIDES Resolution watching a gigantic steel drill dig a 23-foot-wide hole in the floor of the Pacific Ocean. The drill will reach depths of up to 6,924 feet, or about 1.3 miles, below the ocean floor.
Horne spoke in Hewlett Auditorium as the first lecturer in a two-part series entitled, “The Deepwater Horizon Disaster and the Future of Oil Drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.” The series aims to answer three fundamental questions about the catastrophe: how did it happen, why are we drilling in the Gulf of Mexico at all and what are some of the long-term consequences of the spill?