University of Delaware
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Spring Lecture Series

Cross-Boundary Approaches in Innovating Energy and Environmental Solutions

This public lecture series, co-sponsored by DENIN and the Office of the Provost at the University of Delaware, welcomes to campus international thought leaders who are addressing the complex challenges of meeting human needs for energy and environmental security and sustainability in innovative ways.

UD’s strategic plan, Delaware Will Shine, has articulated grand challenges of state, national, and global significance to serve as focal areas for the University community as we integrate our teaching, research, scholarship, and engagement into a unique and exciting learner-centered environment. One of those grand challenges, Innovating Energy and Environmental Solutions, recognizes that a growing human population is impacting food and freshwater resources, compromising natural ecosystems, accelerating declines of plant and animal populations, changing climate, and putting pressure on communities at risk across the planet.

The speakers in this series have been invited to share their work and ideas that the University of Delaware community might pursue as we come together across diverse disciplinary perspectives in search of sustainable solutions.

February 23, 2016 
2:00–3:30 p.m., 106 Center for Composite Materials

Photo of Salem Ali

Saleem Ali
Chair in Sustainable Resource Development
Professor of Sustainability Science and Policy
Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI)
University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

"Nonrenewable but Sustainable?
Confronting Environmental and Social Challenges to the Raw Materials Industry"

About Dr. Ali
As the Chair in Sustainable Resources Development at the University of Queensland’s Sustainable Minerals Institute, Dr. Ali's mandate is to focus research and training efforts toward reaching the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals in the most ecologically and economically efficient way. In addition to this position, he holds an adjunct professorship of environmental planning at the University of Vermont’s Rubenstein School of Natural Resources. His research focuses on environmental conflicts in the extractive industries and how ecological cooperation can promote peace in international relations. He is the author of books including Treasures of the Earth: Need, Greed and a Sustainable Future (Yale University Press) and Environmental Diplomacy with Lawrence Susskind (Oxford Univ. Press) and more than a hundred other peer-reviewed publications. His prior appointments include a Technical Leadership Program position at General Electric (GE), and research associate position at the Boston-based consulting firm Industrial Economics Inc. Dr. Ali was chosen as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2011 and received an Emerging Explorer Award from the National Geographic Society in 2010. He serves on the board of governors of the nonprofit environmental organization LEAD-Pakistan.  

March 4, 2016
3:45–5:15 p.m., 205 Harker ISE Lab

Photo of Gillen D'Archy WoodGillen D’Arcy Wood
Professor of English, Department of English
Director, Sustainability Studies in the Humanities
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

"Wising Up, Powering Down: Pathways to a Sustainable Century"


About Dr. Wood
Gillen D’Arcy Wood was born in Ballarat, Australia, and is currently professor of English at the University of Illinois. After beginning his career in nineteenth-century studies, his research focus has shifted to historical climate studies and sustainability. He has written several influential position papers on the environmental humanities and their relation to the physical sciences. His recent book, Tambora: The Eruption that Changed the World (Princeton University Press, 2014), reconstructs on a global scale the destructive climate deterioration arising from the massive eruption of Mt. Tambora in Indonesia in 1815, an event that spawned social breakdown, famine, and disease epidemics worldwide. Tambora has received global attention—from the Times, New Yorker, Economist, Wall Street Journal, and London Review of Books to the South China Morning Post, Shanghai Daily, and Japan Times—and was recognized in book of the year awards for 2014 by the Guardian, the Times Higher Education Supplement, and the American Society of Atmospheric Science Librarians. 

March 10, 2016
1:45–3:15 p.m., 106 Center for Composite Materials

Photo of Sam BrodySam Brody
George P. Mitchell Chair in Sustainable Coasts
Director, Center for Texas Beaches and Shores
Co-Director, Institute for Sustainable Coastal Communities
Departments of Marine Sciences and Landscape Architecture & Urban Planning
Texas A&M University, Galveston

"Rising Waters: Crafting a New Agenda for Flood Resilient Policies in the United States"

About Dr. Brody
Dr. Brody’s research focuses on coastal environmental planning, spatial analysis, flood mitigation, climate change policy, and natural hazards mitigation. He has published numerous scientific articles on flood risk and mitigation and recently authored the book Rising Waters: The Causes and Consequences of Flooding in the United States published by Cambridge University Press. Dr. Brody teaches graduate courses in environmental planning and sustainable/resilient coastal development.  He has also worked in both the public and private sectors to help local coastal communities to develop environmental and flood mitigation plans.  

March 15, 2016
1:45–3:15 p.m., 106 Center for Composite Materials

Photo of Jon StrandJon Strand
Senior Research Economist, Development Research Group
Environment and Energy Team
World Bank

"Valuing Amazon Forest Losses"


About Dr. Strand
Dr. Strand is a Norwegian national who, prior to his current position, was a professor of economics at the University of Oslo and as the principal environmental economist at the International Monetary Fund. His research focuses on environmental, climate, and energy analysis and policy, and environmental and natural resource valuation, and he has published widely in these areas. Much of his research has been of an interdisciplinary nature; he currently leads a research project in the World Bank on geographically differentiated, local and regional, valuation of Amazon rainforests that involves a range of natural scientists in addition to economists.