Fulbright NEXUS

Launched in 2010, the Fulbright Regional Network for Applied Research (NEXUS) Program supports U.S. foreign policy initiatives that fight poverty and encourage innovation in market-driven and socially responsible ways while increasing mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Program participants explore public-policy research questions and involve governments, NGOs, businesses, and communities in the implementation of their projects. As Western Hemisphere nations take steps to work together on shared challenges, the Fulbright NEXUS Program offers a collaborative model for regional scholarly exchange that moves beyond theory into practice. Applications are currently being accepted for the 2012-2013 cycle of the program.

Dan Kammen's race against climate change

June, 2012
AAAS

A mile up a steep, tree-lined hill sits the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory in Berkeley, California. It’s early morning and Daniel Kammen, RAEL’s director, founder, and one of the world’s foremost experts on renewable energy, has arrived in jeans, sandals and a green T-shirt that reads “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Run.”   

Kammen has to run. To avoid the most drastic effects of climate change, scientists generally agree that the world has only a few decades to stabilize atmospheric carbon-dioxide concentrations at 450 parts-per-million. Meanwhile 1.5 billion people on the globe lack access to electricity. Providing reliable, clean energy to the poor while accelerating green power investments in the developed world is a task for Atlas.

Dr. Kammen is the Lead Scholar for the Fulbright NEXUS Program!

June, 2012
US Department of State

"The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce that Dr. Daniel M. Kammen, Professor and Founding Director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley, will be the 2012-2013 Fulbright NEXUS Lead Scholar. Dr. Kammen will lead a group of up to 20 Department of State-sponsored Fulbright scholars from across the Western Hemisphere, including the United States, who will spend one year addressing public policy challenges through international exchanges, seminars, and collaborative research. The scholars will focus on three primary areas—science, technology and innovation; entrepreneurship; and sustainable energy—with a particular focus on climate change adaptation technologies.

Dr. Kammen, who received his doctorate in physics from Harvard University, played a key role in developing the interdisciplinary Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy Program at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University before joining the faculty at the University of California, Berkeley. He was a Coordinating Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation (2009 – 2011) and was named the first Clean Energy Fellow to the Americas in 2010.

Issues in Science and Technology

June, 2012
Issues

Transportation: the California model

In “California’s Pioneering Transportation Strategy” (Issues, Winter 2012), two of its leading lights, Professor Daniel Sperling and California Air Resources Board Chair Mary Nichols, highlight many of the key aspects of why it is not only possible, but logical, for California, which “only” emits about 2% of global greenhouse gas emissions, to set aggressive local goals to protect the climate.