George Perkins Marsh Institute


Seminar Series 2013-14 Academic Year

The George Perkins Marsh Institute and Jeanne X. Kasperson Research Library announce the 2013-14 Academic Year Seminar Series. Seminars will present cutting-edge research on human/environment interactions taking place at Clark University and are designed to catalyze discussions regarding future research possibilities. Seminars are open to all in the Clark community. The format is a 40-45 minute presentation followed by 15-20 minutes of questions and discussion. Interaction with the speaker is encouraged. Light refreshments will be provided. Please feel free to bring your own brown-bag lunch if desired. The last seminar of the series is as follows:


Dr. Pia-Johanna Schweizer, Senior Researcher, ZIRIUS Stuttgart Research Center for Interdisciplinary Risk and Innovation Studies, University of Stuttgart

"The Helmholtz Alliance ENERGY-TRANS: Facilitating the German Energy Transition"
Thursday, May 1, 2014
12:15 – 1:15 pm
University Center, Lurie Conference Room

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2014 Coastal New Hampshire Climate Summit - Hosted by Great Bay NERR


Marsh Director, Dr. Robert J. Johnston, will speak on the economic trade-offs in coastal adaptation at the Third Annual Coastal New Hampshire Climate Summit scheduled for Thursday, April 10, at the Hugh Gregg Coastal Conservation Center in Greenland, NH. The summit is a forum among scientists, agencies, municipal leaders, watershed organizations and citizens concerned about increased precipitation, sea level rise, and increased frequency and severity of coastal storms in New Hampshire. The theme of this year's session is "Collaborating for Solutions: Choices Ahead." The goals are to learn about current local climate change research and climate adaptation efforts; to identify needs and gaps in current climate knowledge and adaptation and mitigation efforts; and to foster and facilitate collaboration on current and future climate work.

Honor for Dale Hattis


Dale Hattis, along with coauthors L. Zeise, F.Y. Bois, W.A. Chiu, I. Rusyn and K.Z. Guyton, was recently honored by the Society of Toxicology, Occupational and Public Health and Specialty Section, with an award for "Paper of the Year" for 2013. The paper, titled "Addressing Human Variability in Next-Generation Human Health Risk Assessments of Environmental Chemicals" was published in Environmental Health Perspectives, Vol. 121, 2013.

Dale works to bridge the gap between experimental scientists and statistical researchers by representing the causal mechanisms likely to lead to biological damage of interest to policy makers. The principal foci of his past work are the use of various biomarkers and physiologically-based pharmacokinetic models to improve risk assessment for carcinogens; quantitative treatment of inter-individual variability in susceptibility for a wide variety of non-cancer effects; and the use of Monte Carlo simulations to represent the combined effects of multiple sources of uncertainty and variability.

2014 Geller Award Recipient Travels to Peru


Rachel Sorenson, a 2014 Geller Award recipient, traveled to Peru to conduct research for her Master's thesis, "Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy: An Analysis of Photovoltaic Systems for Rural Development in Peru." She is studying the use of renewable energy in rural communities in developing countries, thereby meeting energy needs and helping to alleviate poverty. Rachel is specifically targeting solar energy.

Meat-eaters Versus Carnivores: Is Your Diet Killing Wolves?

Meat-eaters Versus Carnivores: Is Your Diet Killing Wolves? 1/10/2014

Most most large land carnivore populations are in decline. A report from Oregon State University suggests that livestock production is partly to blame. The world's fanged animals are rapidly losing ground to humans, reports a study in the journal Science, thanks in part to the spread of livestock farming. More »