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September 24 2018
How Earth Sheds Heat into Space
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News New insights into the role of water vapor may help researchers predict how the planet will respond to warming.
September 20 2018
Who's Who? Who's New?
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Lauren Hinkel | EAPS News A chance to catch up with recent comings, goings and promotions in EAPS since the end of spring.
September 18 2018
The Unseen World on Coral Reefs
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Laura Castañón | Oceanus Magazine A hidden microbiome underlies health of reef ecosystems
September 14 2018
The MIT-WHOI Joint Program Celebrates its 50th Anniversary
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Lauren Hinkel | EAPS News This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program in Oceanography/Applied Ocean Science and Engineering (MIT-WHOI JP).
September 14 2018
How Phytoplankton Survive in Ocean Gyres with Low Nutrient Supplies
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Helen Knight | MIT News correspondent Model of nutrient recycling may explain longstanding mystery.
September 13 2018
Congratulations to Simons Postdoctoral Fellow B.B. Cael
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Helen Hill | MIT Darwin Project B.B. Cael, a graduate student in the MIT-WHOI Joint Program, has been awarded one of nine 2018 Simons Postdoctoral Fellowships in Marine Microbial Ecology.
August 28 2018
De Wit and TRAPPIST-1 Science Team Receive NASA Award
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EAPS News EAPS congratulates Assistant Professor of Planetary Sciences Julien de Wit and his colleagues from the TRAPPIST-1 Science Team for earning a NASA Group Achievement Award.
August 24 2018
Selin named director of the MIT Technology and Policy Program
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Scott Murray | Institute for Data, Systems, and Society Selin will spearhead the master's program for students whose research addresses societal challenges at the intersection of technology and policy.
August 21 2018
The Recipe for a Harmful Algal Bloom
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Suzi Clark | Oceanus Magazine Many ingredients mix in the ocean to make toxic shellfish.
August 17 2018
O’Gorman Awarded 2018 School of Science Teaching Prize
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EAPS News EAPS Associate Professor, Paul O'Gorman, is honored for excellence in graduate teaching.
August 10 2018
ASTERIA Measures Exoplanet Transit - A First for CubeSats
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Mary Knapp and Lauren Hinkel | EAPS News This observation demonstrates proof-of-concept, that small spacecraft can perform high precision photometry.
August 10 2018
Emanuel selected to the 2018 Class of AGU Fellows Eric Davidson and Mary Anne Holmes | EOS The elected Fellows are AGU members whose visionary leadership and scientific excellence have fundamentally advanced research in their respective fields.
August 10 2018
NASA's Planet-Hunting TESS Catches a Comet Before Starting Science Lauren Hinkel TESS observes comet and variable stars.
August 1 2018
Top Scientists Explain to Senators Why We Must Look for Aliens Ryan F. Mandelbaum | Gizmodo Sara Seager tells the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation why it's important to fund space exploration hunting for extraterrestrial life.
July 31 2018
Jimmy Gasore Receives the 2018 Rossby Award
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Lauren Hinkel The prize is given for the best PhD thesis done the preceding year within PAOC.
July 30 2018
Gateway to Antarctica
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Fatima Husain | Summons Lab PAOC and Summons lab member Emily Matys searches around the globe to reveal the secrets of microbial life
July 30 2018
From Simple Separations to Complex Questions Fatima Husain | Summons Lab Girls from the Circle Program in Groton, NH talk about STEM, geologic timescales, astrobiology, chromatography and pursuing STEM careers with Summons Lab member Fatima Husain.
July 27 2018
NASA’s TESS Spacecraft Starts Science Operations TESS NASA’s TESS has started its search for planets around nearby stars, beginning science operations on July 25, 2018. Sara Seager is the Deputy Science Director of the MIT-led NASA Explorer-class mission.
July 25 2018
Description and Evaluation of the MIT Earth System Model (MESM)
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Mark Dwortzan | MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change Results from the latest version of MESM compare favorably with those produced by more computationally intensive models.
July 18 2018
Study Finds Climate Determines Shapes of River Basins
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office Results may help identify ancient climates on Earth or other planets.
July 11 2018
PAOC’s May and Spiro Selected as Finalists for Prestigious Knauss Fellowship Lauren Hinkel PAOC members and MIT-WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography graduate students Tyler Rohr and Gualtiero Spiro to spend a year working on critical marine policy and resource management issues in D.C.
July 9 2018
Putting the microbiome on the map
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Fatima Husain | Summons Lab Global Microbiome Conservancy scales up
July 2 2018
Solving Microbial Mysteries with Autonomous Technology
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Mary Lide Parker | Schmidt Ocean Institute Biogeochemical oceanographer Andrew Babbin and members of his group are leading a three-week research cruise aboard the Schmidt Ocean Institute's research vessel Falkor. They are studying the nitrogen cycle in one of the largest natural marine oxygen deficient zones in the Eastern Tropical North Pacific Ocean.
July 2 2018
Julien de Wit Begins MIT Faculty Appointment
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Lauren Hinkel He joins the EAPS department, bringing new perspectives to planetary science, astronomy and the hunt for exoplanets.
June 27 2018
When The Wind Blows: Predicting How Hurricanes Change With Climate
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EAPS News Three MIT graduate students studying atmospheric science recently participated in a NOVA outreach event to engage the public on hurricanes and climate change.
June 27 2018
Big Oceans. Tiny Microbes. Sea Biomes.
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Helen Hill | EAPS News The Simons Foundation extends its support for microbial oceanography with the establishment of the Simons Foundation Collaboration on Ocean Computational Biogeochemical.
June 27 2018
Australian Climate Policy Ignoring Billions in Potential Health Savings, Experts Say Anna Salleh | Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) reports that "Australia is missing out on billions in short-term health savings that could come with tougher greenhouse emission targets, experts say." Noelle Selin comments that the health savings could offset climate polices.
June 22 2018
Kudos!
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EAPS News PAOC members continue to receive numerous awards and honors, both within MIT and beyond the Institute: end of year round-up.
June 19 2018
Tracking Air Quality Changes Across Space and Time
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Mark Dwortzan | MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change Modeling advance enables more efficient and precise estimates
June 19 2018
Study: Climate Action Can Limit Asia’s Growing Water Shortages
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Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office Following the Paris accord could reduce risk of severe water-access problems, researchers find.
June 18 2018
A Change Has Come in the Arctic
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Lauren Kipp | Oceanus Magazine A rise in radium in the ocean signals changes along the coast
June 18 2018
Charting the Future of Decarbonization Mark Dwortzan | MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change MIT Joint Program workshop explores economic and environmental impacts of scaling up low-carbon energy.
June 13 2018
Targeting One of Climate Modeling’s Biggest Uncertainties
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Mark Dwortzan | MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change New method enables faster, more accurate simulation of aerosol-cloud interaction
June 5 2018
Meeting The Challenges of the Antarctic Ozone Hole: A Global Science and Policy Success Story EAPS News Susan Solomon, the Lee and Geraldine Martin Professor of Environmental Studies at MIT, honored for her contributions to atmospheric science.
June 4 2018
Meet the School of Science’s Tenured Professors for 2018 Bendta Schroeder | School of Science Six faculty members are granted tenure in four departments, including Dan Cziczo.
May 30 2018
Carl Wunsch and the Rise of Modern Oceanography Michael White | Forecast Carl Wunsch speaks with Forecast about his experience in oceanography, the history of the field and how major science questions are conceptualized and addressed.
May 29 2018
A Proposed Global Metric to Aid Mercury Pollution Policy Noelle E. Selin | Science Noelle Selin writes about how a global-scale metric to assess the impact of mercury emissions policies would help parties assess progress toward their goals to protect human health and the environment from anthropogenic emissions and releases of mercury in the journal Science.
May 22 2018
Susan Solomon: At the Frontline of Research on the Ozone Layer and Its Role in Earth’s Climate Dawn Stover | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists MIT professor of atmospheric chemistry Susan Solomon receives the 2018 Crafoord Prize in Geosciences from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. She speaks with Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists about her work the ozone hole, its affect on climate and policy.
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
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 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 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
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 6 2018
TESS Counting Down to Take-Off EAPS News Pre-launch media coverage of the MIT-led mission.
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 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 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 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 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.