'Our Energy Future' public lecture series

oef-extension.jpgUC San Diego Extension is excited to support Our Energy Future, a Public Lecture Series that supports the UC San Diego campus-wide Advanced Energy Initiative. Created by two Organized Research Units at UC San Diego, Food and Fuel for the 21st Century and the Center for Energy Research, this event invites you to come listen to UC San Diego experts give informative, TED-style general audience talks on the essential topics relating to the future of energy in this country and the world.

These lectures will be filmed and serve as the introductory lectures of a Massive Open Online Course, available in early 2014, that is being developed in partnership between UC San Diego Extension and Food and Fuel for the 21st Century.

The Lecture Series will be on Thursday evenings, October 3, 10, 17, and 24 from 5:30-8:30pm. The talks will be held at Atkinson Hall, Qualcomm Institute at UC San Diego. Each evening will feature three speakers followed by a catered reception for attendees to connect with the students, faculty, and investigators who are conducting advanced energy research at UC San Diego.

October 3, 2013
Energy Production and Options for a Sustainable Future

  • Stephen Mayfield, Director of the California Center for Algae Biotechnology

  • Mark Thiemens, Dean of the Division of Physical Sciences

  • Susan Golden, Director of the Center for Chronobiology


October 10, 2013
The Impact of Energy on Climate Change

  • Richard Somerville, Professor Emeritus at Scripps Institution of Oceanography

  • Veerabhadran Ramanathan, Director of the Center for Atmospheric Sciences

  • David Victor, Director of the Lab on International Law and Regulation


October 17, 2013
Social and Economic Issues of Energy

  • Josh Graff-Zivin, Director of Int'l Environmental and Health Studies

  • Gordon McCord, Assistant Professor at the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies

  • Mark Jacobsen, Associate Professor of Economics


October 24, 2013
Energy, Water, and Food Security

  • Steven Briggs, Distinguished Professor of Biology

  • Dan Cayan, Climate Atmospheric Researcher at Scripps Institution of Oceanography

  • Jennifer Burney, Assistant Professor at the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies


biofuels.jpgThe general registration fee is only $10, with all proceeds supporting SD-CAB’s Summer BioEnergy Research Program, an undergraduate internship program. This introductory program gets undergraduates involved with UC San Diego Biofuels laboratories and encourages them to pursue careers in the industry. Undergraduates, in addition to the public, also have the opportunity to take one of two Biofuels Certificates offered by UC San Diego Extension, which were created in partnership with SD-CAB and Food and Fuel for the 21st Century.

Registrations for lecture series are expected to fill up quickly. Early registration is recommended. To learn more and register, visit Our Energy Future.



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