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May 23 2017
Happy 100th Birthday to the Father of Chaos
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Kerry Emanuel

Today, May 23rd, Edward N. Lorenz, longtime professor of meteorology at MIT, would have turned 100. Widely recognized as the father of the modern theory of chaos, he profoundly altered the way we view the natural world.

May 22 2017
Kepler Telescope Spies Details of TRAPPIST-1 System's Outermost Planet
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Peter Kelley | University of Washington

A University of Washington-led international team of astronomers, among them Julien de Wit from PAOC in Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at MIT, has used data gathered by the Kepler Space Telescope to observe and confirm details of the outermost of seven exoplanets orbiting the star TRAPPIST-1. 

 

May 22 2017
2017 EAPS Student Awards EAPS Education Office A roll-call of this year's Excellence in Teaching, Crosby, and Goetze Award recipients presented at the May19th Student Recognition Dinner.
May 15 2017
Varied Increases in Extreme Rainfall with Global Warming
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office

Intensification of extreme rainfall varies from region to region, study shows.

May 12 2017
Noelle Selin Awarded Tenure
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MIT IDSS

Congratulations to Noelle Selin, EAPS and IDSS professor and PAOC member, for her promotion to Associate Professor with Tenure by the Executive Committee of the Corporation.

May 3 2017
EAPS Patrons Circle Event Highlights Value of Science in the Service of Humanity EAPS Development Office EAPS Patrons joined students, faculty and friends for a festive Third Annual EAPS Patrons Circle celebration in Kendall Square on April 13, 2017.
May 1 2017
Who's Who? Who's New? in EAPS Helen Hill | EAPS News A warm welcome to visiting scientist Wenlian Xiao, new Summons Lab Assistant Alexandra Bryan, and Babbin Group postdoc Einat Segev. Plus, congratulations to Xiaolei Liu of the Summons Group on his recent promotion from Postdoc to Research Scientist.
April 27 2017
3Q: Refocusing Climate Research in a New Era
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Lauren Hinkel

A new perspective from climate researchers argues that there are three key questions that should frame future climate research.

April 27 2017
Exploring our Oceans: The Cross-talk between Marine Life and Climate Change Harvard's SIT’N Listen Podcast Harvard's SIT'N Listen Podcast speaks with MIT and WHOI graduate students Gabriela Farfan and Hanny Rivera about how studying oceans and marine biodiversity can help us better understand and combat climate change.
April 26 2017
Leshner Leadership Fellow Noelle Selin Catalyzes Dialogue with Public, Policymakers
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Lauren Hinkel

MIT researcher helps bring scientific evidence into public decision-making

April 20 2017
March for Science on Saturday — get off sidelines, make a difference Lauren Hinkel Noelle Held, a PhD candidate in chemical oceanography at MIT and WHOI, discusses why she's proud to be part of a long history of American scientists and pioneers, and why it's important to continue supporting science, particularly this weekend.
April 19 2017
New Potentially Habitable Planet Discovered
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Helen Hill | EAPS News

Potentially Habitable Super-Earth Identified as New Target for Atmospheric Study.

April 14 2017
MIT Quarter Century Club Welcomes New Members for 2017
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Richard L. Benford | Bonny S. Kellermann | Quarter Century Club

Class includes 99 new members from both the Cambridge campus and Lincoln Laboratory among them are PAOC's Michael Follows, Lodovica Illari and John Marshall.

April 12 2017
Kerry Emanuel Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
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MIT News Office

Kerry A. Emanuel, the EAPS Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences and Co-Director of the Lorenz Center, joins the ranks of some of the world’s most accomplished scholars, scientists, writers, artists, as well as civic, business, and philanthropic leaders in the academy.

April 11 2017
Environmentalist and Explorer Kate Telma | MIT News correspondent Senior Elizabeth Rider uses atmospheric chemistry research on aerosols with Prof. Dan Cziczo and Noelle Selin to create international connections.
April 7 2017
Stream Network Geometry Correlates with Climate
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Terri Cook | EOS

Work by Prof. Daniel H. Rothman and the MIT Lorenz Center's Hansjörg Seybold show that a "big data" analysis of nearly 1 million river junctions in the contiguous United States shows that branching angles in dendritic drainages vary systematically between humid and arid regions.

April 5 2017
ES&T’s Best Papers of 2016 Lauren Hinkel Selin’s “Costs of IQ Loss from Leaded Aviation Gasoline Emissions” takes Top Paper in Environmental Policy for 2016.
March 31 2017
Embrace Who You Are: One Latina Scientist’s Brave Journey in STEM
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Gabi Serrato Marks

MIT-WHOI Joint Program graduate student Gabi Serrato Marks profiles her colleague, Gabriela Farfan, about her dream of becoming a mineralogist and her experiences with culture and identity along the way.

March 30 2017
Institute Award for the Love of Marine Chemistry
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Lauren Hinkel

MIT-WHOI student Lauren Kipp to receive a Graduate Teaching Award

March 28 2017
The Future of Forests Under Climate Change
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Mark Dwortzan | MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change

Study projects vast regional differences in forest productivity, migration and wildfire impacts

March 27 2017
Tiny Bacterium Provides Window into Whole Ecosystems
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David L. Chandler | MIT News Office

Ubiquitous marine organism has co-evolved with other microbes, promoting more complex ecosystems.

March 24 2017
Storied Women of MIT: Pauline Morrow Austin
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Meg Rosenburg/MIT Video Productions

Storied Women of MIT is a series of 60-second historical profiles of MIT students, researchers, and staff that demonstrates the role of women at the Institute from its founding to today.

March 24 2017
How Climate Change Covered China in Smog Lauren Hinkel Air quality in Beijing has a lot to do with snowstorms in Siberia. Associate Professor Noelle Selin comments on how local weather can influence global air pollution in The Atlantic.
March 21 2017
Volcanic Eruption Expanded Ozone Hole to Record Size Lauren Hinkel New research supports previous MIT findings that a volcanic eruption expanded Antarctica's ozone hole in 2015.
March 20 2017
Standing Out in Earth and Planetary Sciences Lauren Hinkel PAOC postdoc Daniel D. B. Koll receives an award for his poster presented at the 49th Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union.
March 20 2017
World’s Lakes May be Much Shallower than Previously Thought EAPS News New mathematical analysis from MIT provides more accurate estimate of the depth and volume of the Earth's lakes, Adrian Cho of Science Magazine reports.
March 16 2017
Climate Change to Worsen Drought, Diminish Corn Yields in Africa
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office

Over the next century, southern Africa will see widespread decreases in maize production.

March 15 2017
Plankton can save the ocean. But who will save the plankton? Lauren Hinkel Principal Research Scientist Stephanie Dutkiewicz weighs in on geoengineering the ocean's phytoplankton to curb the symptoms of climate change.
March 15 2017
Media Lab Sets Sights on Space Margaret Evans | MIT Media Lab MIT Media Lab event, Beyond the Cradle, launches a new initiative to explore the final frontier.
March 14 2017
Commercial Space: Can We Privatize Our Way to the Stars? Rob Matheson | MIT News Office Can we privatize our way to the stars? Annual conference explores the rise and distant future of the private space industry. PAOC postdoc Julien de Wit contributes to Beyond the Cradle.
March 13 2017
Preparing for Extremes
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J-WAFS News

How models can help agriculture adapt to climate change uncertainties. The concern around climate change has scientists focusing their attention on regions around the world that are expected to be particularly hard hit.

March 8 2017
MIT Faculty Working on Climate Write to President Trump
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PAOC Faculty

The MIT faculty in the Program in Atmospheres, Oceans and Climate rebut Prof. Linzden’s letter urging the US administration to withdraw from the UN climate convention.

March 8 2017
PAOC Faculty Fact-Check MIT Colleague on Climate Science Lauren Hinkel PAOC rebuts MIT professor emeritus Richard Lindzen's climate science claims in an open letter to President Trump.
March 8 2017
William Martin Gift to Enable Aerosol Study at Mount Washington Observatory Angela Ellis | EAPS Development Office A generous gift to the Cziczo group enables them to deploy state-of-the-art aerosol and cloud instrumentation to the Mount Washington Observatory in New England.
March 8 2017
MIT rates No. 1 in 12 Subjects in 2017 QS World University Rankings Stephanie Eich | Resource Development MIT ranked within the top 5 for 19 of 46 subject areas.
March 6 2017
Study Suggests Complex Life was Present on Earth 2.33 Billion Years Ago
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office

New estimate predates earliest fossil evidence by 800 million years.

March 6 2017
Underwater Mountains Help Ocean Water Rise from Abyss
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office

Turbulence from seafloor topography may explain longstanding question about ocean circulation.

March 3 2017
School of Science Welcomes Five New Professors This Spring Bendta Schroeder | School of Science Andrew Babbin, a marine biogeochemist working on the nitrogen cycle, joins the PAOC faculty.
March 3 2017
New Worlds, New Discoveries EAPS News Drs. Gillon and de Wit speak about their discovery of seven Earth-sized planets orbiting a nearby star just 39 light years from Earth.
February 23 2017
Climate@MIT
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Lauren Hinkel

A new online publication from MIT reports on exciting climate science research at MIT. We focus on climate as a fundamental science, but occasionally comment on climate action and policy at MIT and climate research occurring elsewhere.

February 22 2017
Lucky Seven: 3Q with Julien de Wit on the discovery of seven temperate, nearby worlds
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office

Planets may harbor conditions suitable for sustaining liquid water — and thus life.

February 20 2017
Climate science and policy: Now more than ever! Mark Dwortzan | MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change As new administration takes office, Joint Program IAP courses explore what’s at stake.
February 20 2017
PAOC Faculty Promotions
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Lauren Hinkel

Congratulations to Michael Follows and David McGee for their recent promotions, recognizing their achievements and contributions to the department.Effective July 2017, Michael Follows will become a Fu...

February 17 2017
Getting Their Hands Dirty: Students Experience Fieldwork in Hawaii
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Carolyn Schmitt | Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

TREX program offers undergraduates the opportunity to get out in the field.

February 14 2017
The Heart of a Far-off Star Beats for its Planet
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office

Scientists observe first planet-induced stellar pulsations. For the first time, astronomers from MIT and elsewhere have observed a star pulsing in response to its orbiting planet.The star, which ...

February 9 2017
PAOC's Dara Entekhabi Elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Lauren Hinkel Selection to the National Academy of Engineering is one of the highest distinctions bestowed upon an engineer
February 8 2017
Happy Birthday to the Father of Modern Dynamical Meteorology Lauren Hinkel MIT remembers Jule Gregory Charney, a leader in numerical weather prediction, and a former MIT professor, on his 100th birthday.
February 6 2017
Faculty Promotions Helen Hill | EAPS News The Executive Committee of the Corporation has approved the promotion of Michael Follows to Full Professor and David McGee to Associate Professor (effective July 2017.)
February 1 2017
Water Scarcity, Air Pollution and Climate Change Mark Dwortzan | MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change Several MIT PAOC and Joint Program research affiliates share findings at the American Geophysical Union’s 2016 Fall Meeting
February 1 2017
Signs of Alien Air Herald a New Era of Exoplanet Discoveries Lauren Hinkel PAOC's Seager and de Wit comment on a new exoplanet finding