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May 21 2018
2018 EAPS Student Awards EAPS Education Office A roll-call of this year’s award recipients presented at the May 18th Student Recognition Dinner. PAOC graduate student Margaret Duffy receives the Award for Excellence in Teaching.
May 18 2018
McGee Receives Excellence In Mentoring Award
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EAPS News EAPS Associate Professor of Paleoclimatology, David McGee, has been awarded the Excellence In Mentoring Award by the office of Undergraduate Advising and Academic Programming.
May 18 2018
TESS Takes Initial Test Image School of Science | MIT News Exoplanet-seeking satellite developed by MIT swings by moon toward final orbit. Prof. Sara Seager is the deputy science director of TESS.
May 7 2018
A Deeper Look
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Lauren HInkel The MIT Darwin group puts their work under the microscope at the 2018 Cambridge Science Festival.
May 4 2018
Daniel Cziczo Awarded Tenure
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Helen Hill EAPS Congratulations - Daniel Cziczo has been awarded tenure. Cziczo holds positions with PAOC in EAPS, and Civil and Environmental Engineering.
May 3 2018
Clearing the Air over Southeast Asia
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Mark Dwortzan | MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change Why reducing biomass burning is not enough
May 3 2018
Macron's call to 'Make our Planet Great Again' attracts six more US-based scientists Sophie Tatum | CNN PAOC and Joint Program Senior Research Scientist Chien Wang awarded grant focused on the role of aerosols in the climate.
April 30 2018
Avenues to Discovery
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Lauren Hinkel Astrophysicist and planetary scientist Sara Seager leads the next phase of exoplanet hunting.
April 26 2018
What Will We Eat in the Year 2050?
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Mark Dwortzan | MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change Combining art and science to envision the global food system under climate change
April 26 2018
TESS Successfully Launched Lauren Hinkel NASA’s new planet-hunting TESS satellite was successfully launched into space from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 6.51pm EST Wednesday April 18. The satellite rode into Earth orbit aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, beginning its two-year mission to study nearby star systems to look for alien worlds that might harbor life.
April 23 2018
Study: Health Benefits Will Offset Cost of China’s Climate Policy
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office A 4 percent reduction per year in carbon dioxide emissions should net $339 billion in health savings in 2030, researchers estimate.
April 23 2018
Urban Planning for a Changing Climate Science in the News | Harvard University Harvard's Science in the News speaks with John Bolduc, the Environmental Planner for the City of Cambridge, and Professor Kerry Emanuel about what local communities are doing to address the challenges climate change is creating for urban infrastructure.
April 20 2018
Boston’s High Waters
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Lauren Hinkel EAPS professors explain this winter's high surf and the accompanying blizzards
April 19 2018
Spring Break on the Black Pearl?
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EAPS News Following in the footsteps of Captain Jack Sparrow, Andrew Babbin leads spring break fieldwork in the Caribbean as part of EAPS first field oceanography class.
April 18 2018
Eight from MIT Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences for 2018
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MIT News Office Prestigious honor society announces 213 new members this year, including planetary scientist and astrophysicist Sara Seager.
April 17 2018
MIT's Meteorology Pioneers
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Meg Rosenburg | MIT Video Productions Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences honors trailblazing professors Jule Charney and Edward Lorenz with a tribute to their lives and legacies.
April 12 2018
TESS Readies for Takeoff
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office Satellite developed by MIT aims to discover thousands of nearby exoplanets, including at least 50 Earth-sized ones.
April 9 2018
Help Us Update the Jule Charney Library
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EAPS Development Friends of EAPS: The Charney Library renovation project needs your help!
April 9 2018
Understanding Microbial Competition for Nitrogen
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Lauren Hinkel Interactions among microorganisms account for nitrite accumulation just below the sunlit zone, with implications for oceanic carbon and nitrogen cycling.
April 9 2018
Brewing up Earth’s Earliest Life
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office Large concentrations of sulfites and bisulfites in shallow lakes may have set the stage for Earth’s first biological molecules.
April 6 2018
TESS Counting Down to Take-Off EAPS News Pre-launch media coverage of the MIT-led mission.
April 5 2018
Kerry Emanuel Receives 2018 Friend of the Planet Award
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EAPS News Kerry Emanuel has been chosen by the Board of Directors and staff of The National Center for Science Education to receive the 2018 Friend of the Planet award.
April 3 2018
School of Engineering First Quarter 2018 Awards School of Engineering Faculty members recognized for excellence via a diverse array of honors, grants, and prizes over the last quarter, including PAOC member Noelle Selin.
March 29 2018
Computer Searches Telescope Data for Evidence of Distant Planets
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Larry Hardesty | MIT News Machine-learning system uses physics principles to augment data from NASA crowdsourcing project.
March 28 2018
A Two-Day Centenary Celebration of Jule Charney and Ed Lorenz
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EAPS News Born 100 years ago, MIT professors Jule Charney and Ed Lorenz profoundly shaped the field of meteorology during their lifetimes. Charney laid the groundwork for numerical weather prediction and saw it transform nearly every aspect of the field, while Lorenz changed our conception of weather from deterministic phenomena to chaos.
March 26 2018
Noelle Selin Awarded Hans Fischer Senior Fellowship
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IDSS This competitive fellowship brings together Technical University of Munich researchers and outstanding international scientists to explore innovative, high-risk topics in their scientific research areas, with the goal of making a long-term impact.
March 26 2018
Meet Tess, Seeker of Alien Worlds Dennis Overbye | New York Times Science NASA’s new spacecraft, to be launched next month, will give scientists a much clearer view of the planets orbiting stars near to us. Sara Seager, a member of the Tess team, shares her hopes and expectations.
March 25 2018
Celebrating the Science of Jule Charney and Ed Lorenz
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Meg Rosenberg | MIT Video Productions, Lauren Hinkel and John Marshall MIT professors Jule Charney and Ed Lorenz profoundly shaped the field of meteorology during their lifetimes. Charney laid the groundwork for numerical weather prediction, while Lorenz changed our conception of weather from deterministic phenomena to chaos.
March 23 2018
This is What a Scientist Looks Like
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Lauren Hinkel Researchers from MIT EAPS celebrate women in science at MIT Museum’s Girls Day.
March 19 2018
Alumnae unite at MIT Women's unConference Julie Barr | MIT Alumni Association Gathering brings alumni to campus to celebrate women and create connections to further societal changes. Opening keynote speaker Sara Seager shared her latest research on exoplanets and stories from her own personal triumphs and challenges in motherhood, marriage, and friendship.
March 14 2018
3Q: Uncovering the Nitrogen Cycle in Coral Reefs
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Lauren Hinkel Marine scientist Andrew Babbin’s group scuba dives in Cuban waters for a closer look at the biogeochemistry in pristine corals.
March 9 2018
Foray into Weather Forecasting
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Lauren Hinkel Students learn about synoptic meteorology and weather forecasting during the 2018 Independent Activities Period
March 7 2018
Storied Women of MIT: Eugenia Kalnay MIT Video Productions Eugenia Kalnay (PhD ‘71) is a world-renowned meteorologist and the first woman to earn a PhD in Meteorology from MIT. Storied Women of MIT is a series of 60-second historical profiles of MIT faculty, students, researchers, and staff highlighting the role of women at the Institute from its founding to today.
February 28 2018
Where Fresh is Cool in Bay of Bengal
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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Monsoon runoff generates cool tendrils at surface, cuts off nutrients
February 22 2018
Framing Uncertainty
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Steve Nadis | MIT Spectrum A landmark platform models the range of ways a changing climate may affect humanity, and vice versa
February 22 2018
At the Intersection Mayara Felix | MIT Spectrum Five grad students, including PAOC's Daniel Gilford, on finding their own routes into the policy sphere
February 20 2018
How Close Are We To Finding Life On Another Planet? TED Radio Hour In our galaxy alone there are hundreds of billions of planets, and the past few years have ushered in an explosion of new discoveries about our universe. MIT's Sara Seager speaks with TED Radio Hour about looking for the perfect planet in the "Goldilocks" zone — neither too hot nor too cold — that could support life.
February 20 2018
GlobalFood+ Speed Talks Advance More Sustainable Food Systems Mark Dwortzan | MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change Joint Program-affiliated researchers share findings at nexus of food, agriculture, environment and health
January 25 2018
Flood Risk Under an Uncertain Future Climate Mark Dwortzan | MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change Joint Program researcher assesses the threat and how Cambridge can prepare
January 11 2018
Clouds, Chemistry, and Climate Change: Why Our Current Climate Is What It Is Science for the Public Lecture Series Dan Cziczo, Assoc. Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry, speaks at the Science for the Public Lecture Series as an expert on the crucial role of clouds in the dynamics of climate. He explains the vital relationship between clouds and climate, and the present options for reducing atmospheric CO2.
January 4 2018
This researcher helped coin the term ‘bomb cyclone.’ He did it to keep people safe. Matthew Cappucci | Washington Post Understanding bombogenesis and how the term originated at MIT.
January 3 2018
Scientists Find Surprising Evidence of Rapid Changes in the Arctic Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution MIT-WHOI graduate student Lauren Kipp and scientists have found surprising evidence of rapid climate change in the Arctic: In the middle of the Arctic Ocean near the North Pole, they discovered that the levels of radium-228 have almost doubled over the last decade.
December 29 2017
How We Know It Was Climate Change Noah S. Diffenbaugh | New York Times Sunday Review New York Times Sunday Review examines connections between climate change and extreme weather events, siting a paper from Kerry Emanuel showing that heavy rainfall during storms like Hurricane Harvey are becoming increasingly common.
December 8 2017
This Year's Hurricane Season Was Intense. Is It A Taste Of The Future? Christopher Joyce | NPR With the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season finally over, scientists are taking stock of what they say was a monumental year.
November 6 2017
EAPS Announces New Postdoctoral Fellowship Program Helen Hill | EAPS News The recently launched Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric & Planetary Sciences (EAPS) seeks to support exceptional early-career scientists with interests across the broad range of disciplines represented in the department.
November 3 2017
“Mummies” Tummies to Reveal Digestive Evolution Anthony King | Horizon Magazine Dr. Ainara Sistiaga from the Summons Lab was recently interviewed by Horizon Magazine on the evolution of human diets.
October 31 2017
On the Fifth Anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, a Look at 2017 Heather Goldstone & Elsa Partan | Living Lab Radio Professor Kerry Emanuel speaks with Living Lab Radio/WGBH about Superstorm Sandy and how the 2017 hurricane season warrants action.
October 27 2017
What Planets Beyond our Solar System may Harbor Life? Steve Nadis | MIT Spectrum The TESS mission will scan our cosmic neighborhood to identify 50 top candidates
October 16 2017
Environmental Successes: How We Can Make Them Happen Again Living Lab Radio/ WGBH Atmospheric scientist Susan Solomon speaks with Living Lab Radio/WGBH about our track record of environmental success stories that deserve more attention.
October 4 2017
Brokering International Climate Deals ClimateX In a new episode of ClimateX's Climate Conversations, Associate Professor Noelle Selin explains the complexities of international climate agreements, including the impact of social media, as well as the importance of integrating of government, policy and science when studying the environment.