public education

March 19, 2012

Raising the bar on energy literacy

Margot Gerritsen

Although nearly everything we depend on depends on energy -- food, water, transportation, the Internet -- few people know about how energy is produced, how it gets to them, or how much they use. Margot Gerritsen (2009) hopes to change this and to raise awareness about the importance of energy efficiency and renewable resources. She is working on multiple fronts to improve "energy literacy" through her blog and recently as an adviser to the Energy Literacy Initiative led by the U.S. Department of Energy.

July 19, 2010

Putting a human face on climate science

Julia Cole

photo: Union of Concerned Scientists

The Union of Concerned Scientists launched a series of ads showing how climate scientists, including Julia Cole (2008), first became interested in science. The ads are meant to "capture who [the scientists] are at the heart" and show how their sense of wonder drives them to discover what's happening to our planet.

January 21, 2010

Colbert, Palmer ponder mountaintop mining

Margaret Palmer

Margaret Palmer (2001) explored the implications of mountaintop mining for the environment and society with Stephen Colbert, host of the Colbert Report, on Monday night.