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Ed Maurer:
Fulbright Scholar, Google Fellow ... It's All in a Life's Work

Ed MaurerEd Maurer, associate professor of civil engineering, is a popular professor whose expertise is always in demand. A recognized expert in the study of regional hydrologic effects of climate change, he served as part of Governor Schwarzenegger’s Climate Change Technical Advisory Group. He has also contributed dozens of projections of global climate change to a Web-based tool called Climate Wizard. The tool provides the general public with simple analyses and innovative graphics conveying how climate has changed and is projected to change within specific geographic areas around the world.

This summer, Maurer joined “the ranks of distinguished scholars and professors worldwide who are leaders in the educational, political, economic, social and cultural lives of their countries” as a Fulbright Visiting Scholar. In this capacity, he is spending a portion of his sabbatical year in Central Chile where he is working with colleagues at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile conducting research to aid resource planners and managers in anticipating and adapting to impacts of climate change on water resources.

Before leaving for Chile, Maurer joined a world-class team of scientists and educators at Google headquarters to develop ways to communicate the science of climate change more effectively. In June, Maurer and 20 other fellows headed to Google’s campus in Mountain View, California, for a workshop, which integrated hands-on training and brainstorming on topics of technology and science communication.