Kira Sullivan-Wiley and Paul Lyons to give talks as part of Graduate Student Seminar Series

in 2014, Department Seminars, Graduate students, May-14
May 8th, 2014

Earth & Environment Graduate Students Kira Sullivan-Wiley and Paul Lyons will be giving talks tomorrow, Friday May 9th, as part of the Graduate Student Seminar Series.

Their talks will be held at 3:30 pm in STO 453.

Refreshments will be served following the talks.


The abstracts of the talks are as follows:


“The roles of information, institutions, and space in disaster risk reduction” by Kira Sullivan-Wiley

Kira’s work looks at the way that people see and manage for particular risks and benefits in their environments. It assesses the role of formal programs, the flow of information, and spatial heterogeneity in shaping these perceptions and behaviors. It’s a complex system, and Kira looks at it in an area of high environmental risk (landslide) and benefit (agriculture) in Uganda.


“Predicting Demand for Electric Vehicle Infrastructure in Massachusetts” by Paul Lyons

As an alternative to traditional vehicles with inefficient internal combustion engines powered by liquid fossil fuels, plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) hold great promise, capable of travelling 70 to 110 miles per gallon (MPG) and using a wide range of efficient electricity sources which are readily available, including renewable wind and solar resources. Who is purchasing electric vehicles in Massachusetts, where do they live, and is the infrastructure being built to accommodate them?  Paul will explain what tools he is using to answer these questions, and what the early results indicate.