Seminar Series

The GCSC seminar series presents some of the best researchers–from around campus and across the country–whose work sheds light on global change and sustainability.

Seminars are open to all, and students who are enrolled in the Seminar course, SUST 6800, have additional opportunities to engage with the speakers. GCSC-affiliated faculty  are invited to nominate speakers for the Seminar Series. See grey box below for links to seminar videos.

August 27, 2019
  • Barbara Reck, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
    “Why Using Metals Efficiently Matters”
    This presentation discusses the challenges of metal recycling in the context of broader material cycles and the role of interdependencies among metals– from byproducts in ores, to alloying elements and complex multi-material products. Read more here.
September 17, 2019
  • Masood Parvania, University of Utah Electrical & Computer Engineering
    “Sustainability at the Intersection of Power and Water Infrastructure: An Engineering Perspective”
    This seminar will outline the ongoing research on how closer collaboration and operation co-optimization of interdependent power and water infrastructure enhances the energy and economic efficiency of both systems. Read more hereAbstract/flyer
October 1, 2019
  • Ken D. Tape, University of Alaska Geophysical Institute
    “The Changing Arctic Landscape”
    This talk explores a century of changes in the arctic tundra landscape and its wildlife.  Read more here.  Abstract/flyer
October 22, 2019
  • Doug Kennett, U.C. Santa Barbara Department of Anthropology
    “Drought and long-term sociopolitical dynamics west of the hundredth meridian”  Abstract/flyer
    Lessons from archaeological records provide insights into the complexity of sociopolitical responses in the past and to drought west of the hundredth meridian going into the future.
November 5, 2019
  • Jeff Rose, University of Utah Health, Kinesiology and Recreation
    “Homelessness, Political Ecology, and Critical Sustainability”
    A critical spatial approach to unsheltered homelessness positions it as both a social and environmental justice concern that confronts common understandings of sustainability.   Abstract/flyer

Video recordings of past seminars are available for viewing by those with a U of U Network ID.
Log in to Canvas to view seminar videos.
January 7, 2020

Special seminar: “Transformations: Vikalp Sangam and the search for alternatives in India” Pallav Das.

January 14, 2020
January 28, 2020
February 11, 2020
February 25, 2020
  • Nancy Grimm, Distinguished Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University
    “Rivers of our dreams: water futures in urban central Arizona”.  Abstract/flyer  Read more here.
  • Jessica Grindstaff, Founder, Director and Set Designer, Phantom Limb Company
    “Storytelling, Imagism and Empathy: Awakening an Audience”.  Abstract/flyer.   Read more here and here.
    The GCSC, Sustainability Office, and Utah Presents are co-sponsoring Phantom Limb Company’s visit to the U, culminating in a performance of “Falling Out” on March 20. .
  • Steven J. Davis, Department of Earth System Science, U.C. Irvine
    “Net-zero emissions energy systems”

Video recordings of select seminars are available for viewing by those with a U of U Network ID.

Log in to Canvas to view seminar videos.

Past seminars are listed here.