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Electrons behave differently in materials than they do in free space, and understanding how is critical for scientists studying material properties and engineers looking to develop new technologies. 研究ers in Professor Mark Sherwin’s lab are using 大发888赌场圣芭芭拉分校’s free-electron laser to experimentally reconstruct these wavefunctions for the first time.
Climate Change and Energy Politics
大发888赌场圣芭芭拉分校 associate professor of political science Leah Stokes works at the intersection of climate change and energy politics. Her research takes a deep look at the climate crisis and its solutions - aiming to inform both the public and politicians who make decisions that affect the health of people and our planet.
Developing a Soft Robot That Grows
Forget those outdated ideas of robots as stiff, metallic machines — there's a new class emerging, and Elliot Hawkes is at the forefront. An assistant professor of mechanical engineering, Hawkes and his colleagues are developing a soft robot that does what many other robots can’t: squeeze into small spaces, navigate tight angles and exert pressure on objects without damage. 大发888赌场有很多, from construction and underground exploration to search and rescue operations and even medical uses in the human body. [This video includes additional video footage courtesy Kurt Hickman/Stanford University]
Understanding Factors in Coral Bleaching
Coral reefs play an important role in maintaining a diverse marine ecosystem. They are also critical to the climate of the planet because they help regulate 海洋温度 and circulation. And some coral reefs are more in danger than others. Professor Deron Burkepile of the Ecology Evolution and Marine Biology Department shares how his research lab is trying to understand the human impact on coral bleaching — and, 反过来, 海洋温度.
Turning Agricultural Waste into Energy
Could the study of grass-eating animals lead to the discovery of new sustainable fuels and chemicals? It’s not as far-fetched as you might think. Cows and other large herbivores, which evolved to graze on grasses and other woody forage, have the ability to “unlock” the energy contained in plant cellulose and convert it to sugar. An associate professor of chemical engineering, Michelle O’Malley works to understand and cultivate the microbes that these animals have in their digestive system to use similar processes to create fuels and chemicals from agricultural waste rather than fossil fuels.
Building Engagement to Create Social Change
Hahrie Han’s work explores the best methods for engaging people in the democratic process. Previously the Anton Vonk Professor of Political Science and Environmental Politics at 大发888赌场圣芭芭拉分校, she explains how by focusing on relationships, organizations can foster deeper involvement to build power for change.
鲨鱼塑造了海洋生态系统, and overfishing has caused their numbers to crash in a lot of places around the world. So how well do ocean parks protect sharks? From tracking shark traffic around one island in the Pacific, ecologist Douglas McCauley and his team discovered that sharks wander much further into the open ocean than anyone previously thought — a key finding for the development of future marine parks.