Penumbra: Interviews/Reports/Opinions

Penumbra is the YCEI Communication Desk’s archive of opinions, reports and interviews. Choose a subject area we have reported on, and a selection of related stories, videos and podcasts will populate the screen.

by Eric Ellman

Whether or not the emerging El Niño ends California’s terrible drought is uncertain, says a noted Yale meteorologist, but its likely impact on average global temperature should silence arguments about a hiatus in global warming.

Professor Ron Smith, winner of the American Meteorological...

by Eric Ellman

If you want fame as an architect, design singular monuments like a bridge or a museum. If you want to change the world, build a better modular home. About a year and a half ago, twelve Yale undergraduates chose the latter path, developing a design for an 800-square-foot house for the U.S....

by Eric Ellman

Advance arrangement with homeowners and industry has allowed Clifton R. Musser Professor of Hydrology Jim Saiers to launch the first ever study of groundwater quality impacts before, during, and after hydraulic fracturing of a new natural gas well in the Marcellus shale of Pennsylvania’s...

by Eric Ellman

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry paused during his meetings with East African leaders last week to commend the Republic of Djibouti for hosting a summit that produced an initiative to address regional threats to stability from climate change.  Over its six-year lifetime, the Yale-led...

by Eric Ellman

A Yale College junior majoring in Ethics, Politics and Economics, who became the nation’s youngest licensed nuclear reactor operator while still in high school, and a Yale professor internationally recognized for his work on probabilistic risk assessment, have joined to make nuclear power policy...

by Eric Ellman

The question of why it rains, when and where it rains in the tropics is one of the remaining mysteries of earth science, says Yale Assistant Professor Bill Boos.  In equatorial regions, the Coriolis effect – responsible for the cyclonic whirl of a hurricane – is largely absent, leaving more...

by Eric Ellman

Yale College students don’t expect the tiny solar home they’ve designed for the upcoming U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon to win the nationwide event. They know the contest favors larger schools with bigger engineering programs and a history of competition. Their goal is loftier. In the...

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