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GEE whiz

New school broadens perspectives on energy and environmental issues.

GEE whiz

New school broadens perspectives on energy and environmental issues.

If anyone had forgotten the interconnections between energy and the environment, there was a massive reminder this year.
“If you look at what’s happening in the Gulf of Mexico with the BP oil spill and its effects on the region’s ecosystems, you see how closely one relates to the other,” says Demitris Kouris, dean of the College of Science and Engineering. “They’re naturally related, two sides of the same coin.”
To help students get a broader perspective and benefit from studying with experts in both areas, the college recently combined its geology and environmental sciences departments, as well as the Energy Institute and Institute of Environmental Studies, to form the School of Geology, Energy and the Environment (GEE). The new school will allow students to pursue traditional degree paths in geology and environmental science, as well as broader multidisciplinary options in resource management.
Kouris says the new school will include 14 faculty members dedicated to creating unique teaching and research opportunities for students interested in meeting the new challenges related to natural resources, energy and the environment, including water management and developing green energy technology.
Ken Morgan, director of the Energy Institute, will also serve as director of the new school, which is already working with more than 70 energy and environmental companies to provide enhanced programs for students wanting to major in geology, environmental science or resource management.
“The new school demonstrates TCU’s commitment to being a leader in innovative education and integrated research programs to help better understand and solve complex resource and environmental issues,” Morgan says. — KH

For more information, go to cse.tcu.edu.
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