I-CARES Day Oct. 19 to feature talks by Raven, Kidder​​

One of the iconic images of our time is the Earth at night, as seen here in a composite made by U.S. Dept. of Defense meteorological satellites. The lavish light display that takes place every night is the signature of a technologically advanced but energy spendthrift species that is altering the planet in many ways. At the forefront of research on energy, the environment and sustainability is WUSTL’s International Center for Advanced Renewable Energy and Sustainability (I-CARES), which will celebrate the first I-CARES day Friday, Oct. 19. (Credit: C. Mayhew & R. Simmon (NASA/GSFC), NOAA/NGDC, DMSP)

In addition to the talks, there will be activities for students, including a QR-code scavenger hunt from 1-3 p.m.
I-CARES was formed in 2007 to encourage and coordinate collaborative research in the areas of renewable energy, the environment, and sustainability — including biofuels, solar energy and carbon dioxide mitigation.
The purpose of the day is to throw the spotlight on research at Washington University addressing these urgent problems that will shape the future of everyone now living. “It is our hope that our community will come away with a better understanding of the work taking place under the umbrella of I-CARES,” says Himadri Pakrasi, PhD, the Myron and Sonya Glassberg/Albert and Blanche Greensfelder Distinguished University Professor and director of I-CARES.
“We are excited to host presentations from both Peter Raven and T.R. Kidder during I-CARES Day. Their talks will provide insight into the effects that human activities are having on our planetary ecosystems today and have had in the distant past.”

Described by Time magazine as a “hero for the planet,” Raven has won many accolades for his scholarship and advocacy, including the U.S. Medal of Science and a MacArthur fellowship. The American Association of Plant Taxonomists established an award in his honor for, among other things, “exceptional efforts at outreach to nonscientists.”