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Out West Student Blog

This year, 484 students are spread out across the globe, serving communities in a variety of capacities through the Cardinal Quarter program.
Under the direction of Professor Bruce Cain and Senior Researcher Iris Hui, the RA’s will spend ten weeks exploring such topics as air pollution and health in the rural West, water management and permitting in California, and the future of renewable energy policy.
Jun 27 2018 | Out West student blog
Summer is here again, which brings us a new crop of interns working across the West as part of Stanford’s Cardinal Quarter initiative for public service.
Oct 17 2017 | Out West student blog
“This past September,” writes Carson Smith, “I had the opportunity to see my tribe, the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, take a step away from the adversarial system in their family courts and instead rely upon a traditional, restorative justice system— the Peacemaking Circle.”
Aug 31 2017 | Out West student blog
“A part of me worried how I would adjust to this new and unfamiliar place,” writes Sandro Hall. “I realized soldiers must have asked very similar questions more than one hundred years ago.”
Aug 31 2017 | Out West student blog
At the California Energy Commission, Igancio Mendez writes, “we had the opportunity to assess how EVs could impact California’s economy and population, as well as the effect they would have on the state’s oil and gas industry, water quality, greenhouse gas emissions, and mineral reserves.”
Aug 30 2017 | Out West student blog
“The last week of my internship,” writes Max Vilgalys, “We visited a building that, more than any other, is responsible for keeping the lights on in Colorado.”
Aug 29 2017 | Out West student blog
“August 21, 2017 was an exciting day as an intern at the California ISO,” writes Karen Huynh. “While we gathered on the front lawn with solar glasses to watch the eclipse, the grid operators were at work balancing the grid.”
Aug 28 2017 | Out West student blog
“Seven weeks into my adventure through curatorial museum work,” writes Amelia Traylor, an intern at Yellowstone National Park, “I have lost the hurry that I brought with me.”
Aug 28 2017 | Out West student blog
“An important thing to understand about wildfires, specifically those in the Sierras,” writes Tish Johnston, “Is that they are not all bad and therefore are typically not fully extinguished”

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Jul 18 2019 | ... & the West Blog
An academic study supports the notion that one way to mitigate wildfires is clearing out trees, brush and brambles in the forest understory, often with prescribed burns. But proponents face a slew of obstacles, from pollution concerns and shrinking seasonal windows, to the vast scale of undertreated western forestland.
Jul 17 2019 | Out West student blog
"Working on projects with the Washington Water Trust has pushed me to think about the ways that every small stream and every person is affected by climate change and processes of the natural world," says intern, Anna Greene.
Jul 16 2019 | Out West student blog
Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve "offered a wealth of sonic textures in addition to sweeping visual beauty," writes Shiriel Abramson.