Feb. 5 and 6, 2015: Daniel Kammen discusses renewable energy

by Michelle Saport  |   

Daniel Kammen, Ph.D., is the Class of 1935 Distinguished Professor of Energy at the University of California, Berkeley, with appointments in the Energy and Resources Group, the Goldman School of Public Policy and the Department of Nuclear Engineering. Please join him for two upcoming presentations at UAA Feb. 5 and 6, part of the 2015 Complex Systems Lecture Series.

"The System is the Solution: Energy Options for the 21st Century" Thursday, Feb. 5, 7 p.m. Rasmuson Hall, Room 101

Energy reliability, energy access, climate change, and local and global environmental sustainability are interlinked challenges. Many solutions are posed to these challenges, and many powerful ideas have emerged. However, these individually beautiful proposals have failed to launch the transformative change needed to improve the quality of life and the ecological health of the planet. In this talk, Daniel Kammen will examine a set of examples and propose principles of sustainability science, where efforts to build resilient approaches to the energy and environmental needs of families and regions have shown real promise in creating a thriving, clean energy economy.

"A Systems Science for Sustainable Energy" Friday, Feb. 6, noon Administration/Humanities Building, Room 143A

An evolution is taking place linking the basic science, technology platforms and policy tools needed to decarbonize energy systems at the household to global scale. In this talk, Daniel Kammen will detail a number of analytic and data-intensive tools used to create platforms to model energy use and energy services delivered across scales. These analytic tools provide open-source mechanisms for data-driven debate and planning of energy R&D agendas, critically needed pilot programs and the ultimate goals of full-scale dialog and deployment of energy and climate management strategies.

Upcoming Complex Systems talks: Raissa D'Souza, Ph.D. - Complexity Sciences Center, UC-Davis Topic area: Interdependent networks and network failure She has just received a multi-million dollar grant to study this. Dates: April 2 and 3, 2015

Paul Kockelman, Ph.D. - professor of linguistic anthropology, Yale University Topic area: The relation between computation and interpretation His research interests cover a wide range of fields. Dates: April 16 and 17, 2015

Complex Systems is co-sponsored by Undergraduate Research, College of Arts and Sciences and the University Honors College. For more information, visit www.uaa.alaska.edu/complexsystems.

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