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EPS Researchers Featured in Climate Change Exhibit

February 20, 2014

Two Degrees and You: An NU Approach to Climate Change, is a temporary exhibition on display in the Northwestern University Library (January 13-March 21, 2014), and features the research of four faculty and two graduate students from the department. The interdisciplinary exhibit examines not only what geologists have learned about the past and present climate, but also showcases innovative technologies emerging from Chemistry, Materials Sciences and McCormick used to mitigate the effects of climate change, find sustainable solutions, and develop clean energies.

Activities of two institutes–the Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern and the Solar Fuels Institute are highlighted, and Medill environmental journalists provided video on the topic.  Student activities ranging from solar car making, to activism to clean energy start-up businesses are also included.

Standout EPS objects include Professor Neal Blair’s flight tube from an isotope ratio mass spectrometer; Professor Yarrow Axford’s bunny boot, a white, insulating boot that provides warmth in sub-zero temperatures during Arctic field work; and a well preserved palm leaf fossil, dating back to the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum, that was uncovered by Ph.D. student Rosemary Bush in Bighorn Basin, WY.

Megan Gensler, Andrea Lofgren, Jaime Loo, and the EPS department’s very own Alison Witt-Janssen, students in the School for Continuing Studies Museum Studies Program, curated the exhibit.

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