A policy paper by University of California Berkeley economist David Roland-Holst says that greenhouse gass "offsets," a popular strategy for meeting carbon emissions, should play only a limited role in cap-and-trade programs.
Think Globally, Innovate Locally: Offsets and the Risks of Outsourcing Climate Action.
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Several changes in CNR's senior leadership go into effect with the new semester.
, professor of plant biology and winner of CNR's 2007 Career Achievement Award, has been named Executive Associate Dean of the College. He will be responsible for general oversight of the College's space, research centers and facilities, and field properties. He will also work closely with department chairs on new faculty hiring issues and represent the College on the statewide Agriculture and Natural Resources Program Council.
Buchanan takes over the role as Professor Stephen Welter steps down to focus on his role as Associate Dean for Instruction and Student Affairs. For the last year, Welter has juggled the dual roles, and is looking forward to providing undivided attention to leading the College's instructional and outreach programs.
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Virologist Britt Glaunsinger, an assistant professor in the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, has won a W. M. Keck Foundation grant, an award given to innovative young scientists in the area of biomedical research.
The grant, which totals up to $1 million over five years, will go to UC Berkeley to support Glaunsinger's work using the herpesvirus as a tool to study the inner workings of human cells.
Glaunsinger said she is ecstatic to be a recipient. "The great thing about the award is that they are funding ideas that might be too risky for other grant agencies. It allows you to pursue unconventional avenues and get at questions we wouldn't normally be able to ask without this funding," she said. "This pretty much made my year."
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This summer, 40 environmental professionals from around the world once again converged in Berkeley to attend the Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program (ELP). This certificate program in sustainable environmental management links participants to state-of-the-art environmental and natural resource science and policy training.
Participant Liliya Smialkova, of Belarus and Italy, sums up the ELP this way: "They say that in order to make a change, one doesn't need to change the circumstances but to change his or her point of view. I feel that I have new eyes now."
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At 97 years old, Claude Wagner still sings the forestry summer-camp song from memory: "A doc or law I'm not going to be, I'm going to study forestry." A 1933 graduate of the School of Forestry, Wagner stuck to the song's promise and joined the Forest Service-about what you'd expect from someone whose favorite course was silviculture (the art and practice of forestry management).
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