Graduate Student Seminar Series - Kira Sullivan-Wiley and Paul Lyons

3:30 pm on Friday, May 9, 2014
5:30 pm on Friday, May 9, 2014
STO 453
Kira Sullivan-Wiley and Paul Lyons will be giving talks as part of the Department of Earth & Environment's Graduate Student Seminar Series. Refreshments will be served immediately following the talks. "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.