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ERG’s Dan Kammen Enthusiastic for Berkeley Scholars to Join Biden Administration

Recently, President-elect Joe Biden has nominated UC Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy (GSPP) faculty member Jennifer Granholm to lead the U.S. Department of Energy and Haas School of Business Professor Emeritus Janet Yellen to serve as secretary of treasury. Two campus alumni are also expected to serve within the administration, with Alejandro Mayorkas selected to lead the Department of Homeland Security, or DHS, and Adewale Adeyemo picked for deputy treasury secretary.

ERG professor Dan Kammen expressed enthusiasm for the candidates in multiple news sources, stating that “The Department of Energy is going to be central to almost everything in the Biden-Harris plan, from energy transformation to re-entering the Paris Climate Accords. We’re also going to need a huge infusion of attention and effort to be put into creating jobs. That fits Jennifer Granholm to a T. I’m just so impressed that they made this choice. I think she’s ideal for the job at this time.”

Read the Berkeley News article on Jennifer Granholm here, the San Francisco Chronicle article here, and the Daily Californian article on all four Berkeley scholars here.


Rausser College’s Fall Breakthroughs Magazine Features ERG Professor Isha Ray and PhD Student Valeri Vasquez

In the latest fall 2020 issue of Breakthroughs magazine, ERG professor Isha Ray was interviewed on her work in social equity and inclusive activism, and ERG PhD student Valeri Vasquez was featured on her project of using computational models to research how genetic technologies might work as public health interventions.

“Equity and inclusion have always motivated me, in both research and teaching, and I’ve served as an equity adviser in my department for many years,” Ray states in her interview. “My field research has always focused on social justice, particularly in communities that are neglected and marginalized and with people struggling to be included as full citizens. You would think that, in this century, clean, affordable drinking water wouldn’t be such a huge ask, but apparently it is.”

ERG Professor Dan Kammen Discusses Climate change in the age of Joe Biden

ERG Professor Dan Kammen was recently interviewed in The Daily Californian, where he discussed what the fight against climate change would look like in 2021 and what he anticipates for President-elect Joe Biden’s administration.

“California’s always had a very aggressive plan,” Kammen said. “We’re now in a position where 10 states have joined California and have targets of zero-carbon economies by mid-century, so President-elect Biden is working with a much better deck.”

Several ERG PhD and Master Students Receive Graduate Remote Instruction Grants

Congratulations to ERG students Isa Ferrall, Arthur Dias, Sean Kelly and Jessica Craigg for receiving the Berkeley Graduate Remote Instruction Grant! Each student will be awarded a stipend of $2,000 and a Certificate in Remote Instruction.

ERG’s Dan Kammen on How Decreased CO2 Emissions Shape the Future of Electric Vehicles

In a recent Sustainability Times article, ERG professor Dan Kammen explains how pandemic lockdowns resulted in historic drops in our CO2 emissions. Additionally, Kammen’s previous study on how exactly COVID-19 lowered said Co2 emissions was featured in a Berkeley News article, arguing that a move towards greater usage of electric-powered vehicles would “reduce the major greenhouse gas responsible for climate change and global warming”.

“The greatest reduction of emissions was observed in the ground transportation sector. Largely because of working from home restrictions, transport CO2 emissions decreased by 40% worldwide,” Kammen stated.

Read how the pandemic lockdowns decreased Co2 emissions here, and what this means for the future usage of electric vehicles here.

ERG Professor John Harte Oversees “Science Journal for Kids” Adapting UC Berkeley Study

As a Science Journal for Kids advisory board member, ERG professor John Harte recently oversaw UC Berkeley researchers and Science Journal for Kids adapting a paper that found associations between redlining and emergency department visits for asthma. The study was adjusted to be more kid-friendly, and was featured in relevance to today’s youth and the Black Lives Matter movement.

“The purpose of the organization is to bring easily readable and understandable articles to kids and to ‘improve the level of scientific understanding in society’,” Harte stated.

Upcoming Events

ERG Spring 2021 Colloquium Series
January 20 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm PST
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The ERG Spring 2021 Colloquium weekly series will begin January 20. The events will typically be each Wednesday from 4-5:30 PM PST. Speaker information will be posted in December.

ISHA RAY – From intermittent to continuous water supply in urban India: a multi-dimensional evaluation
January 27 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm PST

THE ENERGY AND RESOURCES GROUP PRESENTS: TITLE: From intermittent to continuous water supply in urban India: a multi-dimensional evaluation SPEAKER: Professor Isha Ray Energy and Resources Group DATE: January 27, 2021 TIME: 4:00-5:30 PM LOCATION: Zoom MEETING ID: 951 5145 8698 PASSCODE: 978573 NOTE: All participants and hosts are now required to sign into a Zoom account prior […]

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