Faculty Symposium on Climate, Energy and Society

October 11, 2023

The Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society is excited to invite Dartmouth faculty, postdocs, and graduate students to the second annual Dartmouth Faculty Symposium on Climate, Energy and Society on Wednesday, October 11 from 8:30 am - 3:30 pm. in Cook Auditorium. The symposium broadly covers climate and energy-related topics, including sustainability, health, arts and humanities, and more. 

This event, which takes place during Dartmouth Climate and Energy Week, features:

  • Opportunities to connect with Dartmouth colleagues across the disciplines
  • The breadth of research at Dartmouth highlighted through faculty lightning talks
  • Panel discussions on current topics in climate and energy
  • A post-symposium "champagne walk" tour of select campus labs 


8:30-9 am: Registration, Networking, Coffee and Light Breakfast

9-9:15 am: Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:15-10 am: Lightning Talks

  • Mary Albert, Professor of Engineering, "The Qulleq Research Project: Co-Generation of Knowledge to Benefit Indigenous Hunter-Fishers in NW Greenland"
  • Robert Hawley,  Professor, Earth Sciences, "Glaciers and Ice Sheets – Remote Sensing"
  • Margaret Karagas, James W. Squires Professor of Epidemiology, "Climate Change and Children's Health"
  • Erin Mansur, Revers Professor of Business Administration,"On the Feasibility, Costs, and Benefits of an Immediate Phaseout of Coal for U.S. Electricity Generation"
  • Celia Chen, Research Professor, Biological Sciences, "Contaminant Fate and Bioaccumulation in Aquatic Food Webs"
  • Will Scheideler,  Assistant Professor of Engineering, "Scalable Nanomanufacturing of Energy Materials"
  • Chris Sneddon, Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies,"The 'World's Largest Batteries:' A Political Ecology of Pumped Storage Hydropower (PSH)"
  • Laura Ray, Myron Tribus Professor of Engineering Innovation, "More with Less: Enhancing Resource Use Efficiency in Row Crop Agriculture"
  • Jack Wilson, Senior Lecturer in Studio Art, "Project-Based Research, Learning and Action"
  • Heiko Pohl, Professor of Medicine, "Carbon Footprint of Endoscopic Procedures"
  • Kali Smolen, MD-PhD Student, Geisel School of Medicine, "Waste Audit in Endoscopy"

10-10:15 am: Break

10:15-11:15 am: Lightning Talks

  • Hélène Seroussi, Associate Professor of Engineering, "Antarctic Ice Sheet Projections from Ice Flow Models and Observations"
  • Vikrant Vaze, Stata Family Career Development Associate Professor of Engineering, "AI for Fighting Wildfires"
  • Xun Shi, Professor of Geography, "Impact of Climate Change on Human Health"
  • Chris Polashenski, Adjunct Associate Professor of Engineering/Research Geophysicist, CRREL,  "90 in 10: A Transition to Reduce Fossil Carbon Emissions by 90% in 10 Years"
  • Zhe Xu, Research Associate, Thayer School of Engineering, "Advanced Function Materials for Powering Biomedical Devices"
  • Rafe Steinhauer, Assistant Professor of Engineering, "Using Design Projects to Deepen Student Learning"
  • Erich Osterberg, Associate Professor of Earth Sciences, "Community Co-Developed Climate Resilience in the Upper Valley"
  • Katherine Mirica, Associate Professor of Chemistry, "Self-Assembled Frameworks on Textiles for Chemical Detection, Filtration, and Detoxification"
  • Alysia Garrison, Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing, "Coastal Sense in Lady Morgan's The Wild Irish Girl"
  • Jeremy DeSilva, Professor of Anthropology, "Ancient Tools and Landscape Modifications"
  • Cheryl Anderson, Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics, "Climate-Informed Pediatric Care"
  • Lee Lynd, Paul E. and Joan H. Queneau Distinguished Professor of Engineering, "Cellulosic Biofuels"
  • Jesse Casana, Professor of Anthropology, Drone-based Mapping of Ancient Agricultural Practice"          

11:15-11:25 am: Break 
11:25 am -12 pm: Panel 1 - Modeling, Predicting, Forecasting

Dimitrios Giannakis, Professor of Mathematics
Klaus Keller, Hodgson Distinguished Professor of Engineering 
Erin Mayfield, Hodgson Family Assistant Professor of Engineering  
Colin Meyer, Assistant Professor of Engineering  
Hélène Seroussi, Associate Professor of Engineering    
Vikrant Vaze, Stata Family Career Development Associate Professor of Engineering

12:05-12:40 pm: Panel 2 - Carbon Sequestration

Amanda Graham, Academic Director, Irving Institute

Caitlin Hicks Pries, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences    
Mukul Sharma, Professor of Earth Sciences    
Christopher Snyder, Joel Z. and Susan Hyatt Professor of Economics
Anant Sundaram, Clinical Professor of Business Administration

12:40-1:15 pm: Lunch (Irving Institute Atrium)

1:15-2:30 pm: Lightning Talks

  • Jeremiah Brown, Professor of Epidemiology, "Implementation Science at Dartmouth"
  • Ivan Aprahamian, Professor of Chemistry, "Hydrazone Based Functional Materials"
  • Geoffrey Parker, Charles E. Hutchinson '68A Professor of Engineering Innovation, "Digital Transformation for the Energy Transition"
  • Andrew Samwick, Sandra L. and Arthur L. Irving '72a P'10 Professor of Economics, "Corporate Social Responsibility and Voting over Public Goods"
  • Caitlin Howe, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, "Metal Impacts on Maternal and Child Health"
  • Jeremy Manning, Assistant Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences, "How Can We Educate and Empower the Next Generation of Climate Data Scientists at Scale?"
  • Jacqueline Wernimont, Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies, "Feeling and Hearing Energy Usage"
  • David Freeman, PhD Student, Department of Mathematics, "Modelling Unknown Dimensions of Climate Systems"
  • Zenovia Toloudi, Associate Professor of Architecture, "Technoecologies"
  • Karolina Kawiaka, Senior Lecturer in Studio Art (Architecture) "Sustainable Design and Green Infrastructure in Buildings and Landscapes"
  • Vicki May, Professor of Engineering, "Sustainable, Energy Efficient, and Resilient Student Projects"
  • Kathryn Cottingham, Professor of Biological Sciences, "People and Lakes and the Summer 2023 Extreme Precipitation Events"
  • Colin Meyer, Assistant Professor of Engineering, "Melting and Solidification in a Changing Climate"
  • Virginia Beahan, Senior Lecturer in Studio Art, "Written on the Land: Observations on Sustainability"
  • Sarah Crockett, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, and Arthur Hanchett, Abenaki Tribal Chief, "Climate, Health and Wellness, and the Role of Indigenous Knowledge"

2:40-3:30 pm: Post-symposium Reception and Lab Tour (Meet in Irving Institute Project Hub, IR-155)

Tour Stops

  • Irving, Sustainability Office
  • Irving, Energy Justice Clinic (Sarah Kelly)
  • Irving, Dry Lab (Klaus Keller)
  • Thayer, Clean Lab (Phillip Chapman)
  • Thayer, Basement Ice Lab (Colin Meyer)
  • ECSC, Robotics Lab (Alberto Li)
  • ECSC, Material Science Lab (Will Scheideler)