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Scholars talked about the life and legacy of novelist, journalist, photographer, and social activist Jack London. Video of the symposium at Stanford held Sept. 19, 2016.

Scholars working with Water in the West discussed their latest research on groundwater and the implications for the future of California’s water.

Mary Ellen Hannibal, Center Media Fellow
Here is a wide-ranging adventure in becoming a citizen scientist by an award-winning science writer. Hannibal traces today’s tech-enabled citizen science movement to its roots.

Tara Moran, Amanda Cravens, Janet Martinez, Leon Szeptycki
Historic groundwater legislation has brought California to the cusp of a new era of water management. Meeting the law’s goals will require overcoming stubborn systemic obstacles, says this new report by Water in the West.

Richard Alatorre with Marc Grossman
The memoir of former Assemblymember and L.A. City Councilmember Richard Alatorre, chronicling his extraordinary role as a pioneering activist and political figure

May 16, 2016 | Book
Nicholas Bauch
One of the most remarkable wonders of the natural world, the Grand Canyon has become a symbol of the American West. It is one of the most photographed landmarks in America, and one of its earliest photographers was Henry G. Peabody.

The television writer Carrie Kemper (American Studies, '06) spoke to Shelley Fisher Fishkin and students from the American West Course about her work on the Emmy-nominated HBO comedy series, “Silicon Valley.”

Dan Reineman
This study investigates the local knowledge of surfers through two surveys of more than one thousand California surfers and promulgates, based on survey data, a formal definition of surfers’ local knowledge as "wave knowledge."

A historical look at the Coastal Commission reveals these fluctuating tides of tension, a perspective that provides a broader understanding of the structural conflicts the commission, as well as other regulatory agencies, confront.

2015 Knight-Risser Prize winners Jim Morris and Susan White joined a panel of experts to discuss their report,“Big Oil, Bad Air.” The investigation centered on one of the nation's most active oil and gas production regions.

Iris Hui
How do agencies use the permitting process to shape policy outcomes? This article unveils the black-box by using various text mining techniques to retrieve valuable empirical data from unstructured texts.

As a consequence of climate change and a prolonged drought, California must now consider alternative water supply sources such as recycled wastewater.

The fifth annual State of the West Symposium included panels on water in the West and a keynote address by the Governor of Wyoming, Matt Mead.

By Elana Leone and Quito Tsui

David B. Danbom, Editor , Foreword by David M. Kennedy
Thiis book explores the Rural West across four dimensions: Community, Land, Economics – and defining the Rural West itself. The book is the result of work presented at the 2012 Conference on the Rural West.

July 25, 2015 | Data Visualization
This interactive map plots the boundaries of U.S. wildfires since 2003. Click on the years at the top to see what parts of the nation were burning and to read an annual summary. Click on an individual fire to see more details and view an animated daily pr

Iris Hui and James G. Gimpel
Authors found the same property will be evaluated more favorably by partisans when they learn that it is situated in a predominantly co-partisan neighborhood.

August 1, 2014 | Data Visualization
Janny Choy, Leon Szeptycki
This series explores groundwater management in California through new research into key groundwater issues, interactive graphics and a synthesis of existing knowledge on groundwater, all designed to advance public understanding of this critical resource.

September 9, 2013 | Data Visualization
Maria J. Santos, Lauren Sommer, KQED
The Bay Area has a long history of preserving its open lands. Today, about one-third of the region is designated as open space, from small city parks to lands stretching thousands of acres. Part of a report produced in collaboration with KQED Public Media

September 9, 2013 | Data Visualization
Maria J. Santos, Lauren Sommer, KQED
As the climate continues to warm, scientists believe the Bay Area’s microclimates will shift. These maps show how the region’s plant communities could move as conditions change. What scientists don't know is how fast vegetation could migrate to new areas

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