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The mission of the Center for Energy and Environment is to develop technology for improved energy systems and to advance fundamental science that promotes understanding of the impacts of energy technologies on the environment and human health.

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October 9, 2017

Study will Explore Air Pollution’s Impact on the Developing Fetus

New research will seek to understand the biological mechanisms that are triggered by exposure to air pollution during pregnancy and lead to lower birth weight in newborns, placing them at greater risk for chronic conditions such as coronary heart disease and hypertension later in life.  The research will be conducted in Beijing by an international team of researchers, including David Rich, Richard Miller, and Sally Thurston of the CEE.

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Stratification in Tibet sediment. Climate variations are reflected in color variations with the red sediment typically indicating a wetter climate and the white indicating a drier climate. Credit: Qingquan Meng
April 11, 2017

Tibet sediments reveal climate patterns from late Miocene, 6 million years ago

Past climate patterns offer clues for future climate effects

Carmala Garzione, director of the CEE and professor of earth and environmental sciences, and Junsheng Nie, a visiting research associate, surveyed sediment samples from the northern Tibetan Plateau's Qaidam Basin and constructed paleoclimate cycle records from the late Miocene epoch of Earth's history, which lasted from approximately 11 to 5.3 million years ago. Reconstructing past climate records can help scientists determine both natural patterns and the ways in which future glacial events and greenhouse gas emissions may affect global systems.

Photo credit: Qingquan Meng

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William D. Jones
February 8, 2017

State of Energy with New Administration

William D. Jones, the Charles F. Houghton Professor of Chemistry and Associate Director of the CEE, was interviewed by New 8 reporter James Gilbert. Professor Jones commented on the possible changes for clean energy under the new presidency.

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Mind The Gap: Becoming Better Science Communicators

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Madeline K. Sofia, PhD
Assistant Producer, Science Desk
National Public Radio

Wednesday, May 2, 2018
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
University of Rochester, Rush Rhees Library,
Humanities Center, Conference Room D

Madeline Sofia is an assistant producer on NPR's Science Desk, and specifically for Joe's Big Idea. The goal of Joe's Big Idea is to tell scientific stories that explore the minds and motivations of researchers, and highlight the scientific process. Joe's Big Idea is also involved in helping young scientists become better scientific communicators. These scientists are part of a world-wide group known as Friends of Joe's Big Idea, or FOJBIs. Madeline is in charge of connecting the FOJBI community and facilitating their growth as communicators. FOJBIs regularly volunteer at outreach events, hold science socials, and contribute to blogs.

Before working at NPR, Madeline received her Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Rochester Medical Center. She studied Vibrio cholerae, a fascinating 4 billion-year-old, single-celled organism that's evolved to outsmart the human immune system — and cause cholerae.

Presented as the keynote address of the Center for Energy & Environment's third annual symposium. The keynote address is open to all members of the UR community.

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3rd Annual Symposium of the Center for Energy & Environment

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URBEST Better Research Communication Through Improv

Wednesday, May 2, 2018
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

University of Rochester, Rush Rhees Library
Hawkins Carlson Room

This workshop will likely push you beyond your comfort, so sign up if you want to see what you are capable of. Learn techniques to engage your audience, distill and clearly share your research, and have some fun. Instructors are trained in the Alan Alda Improv approach to communicating research to a non-specialist.

Sessions run 9 am - 12 pm OR 2 pm - 5 pm. Each session can accommodate 30 participants. Pre-registration is required.

The keynote address, Mind The Gap: Becoming Better Science Communicators, at 1 pm is open for attendance without registration.

Please direct RSVP and any special accommodation requests to Jenn Steward at