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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.
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 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 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 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 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 8 2018
Congratulations to PAOC Members of the EAPS Class of 2018
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EAPS Education Office Degrees awarded during the 2017/2018 academic year. Degrees are conferred in September, February and June.
June 7 2018
3 Questions: Roger Summons on Finding Organic Matter on Mars
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office Discovery adds to evidence suggesting that Mars was at one time habitable.
May 22 2018
MIT Joint Program researcher Selected for “Make Our Planet Great Again” Program
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Mark Dwortzan | MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change Chien Wang one of six new U.S. scientists to join French climate research initiative
May 22 2018
One Sustainable World at MIT
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Lauren Hinkel Atmosphere, oceans and climate researchers help the MIT community visualize the future of sustainability.
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 7 2018
Citizen Science
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Johnson Huynh | The Tech Aerocene project hopes to put research into the hands of citizens
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.
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
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
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.
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.
September 7 2017
“EarthArt” exhibit at Hayden Library MIT Libraries See your art and data displayed on the illuminated iGlobe.
September 6 2017
Back to School 2017 EAPS News MIT's Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences welcomes 28 new graduate students. Sixteen join the Program in Atmospheres, Oceans and Climate.
September 1 2017
ClimateX: How Climate Puzzles of the Past Point us to the Future MIT’s ClimateX Paleoclimatologist and EAPS Associate Professor David McGee speaks with ClimateX about tracking Earth's climate changes in the last half million years, our dependence upon climate stability and David’s role in Terrascope.
August 4 2017
New dinosaur is the largest animal with countershading camouflage Lauren Hinkel Research from Roger Summons and others examines an exceptionally preserved nodosaurid ankylosaur dinosaur, revealing significant clues on predator-prey dynamics of Cretaceous animals, Chris Burns writes for Slash Gear.
August 4 2017
TESS Mission to Discover New Planets Moves Toward Launch Helen Knight | MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research Satellite’s cameras have been delivered by MIT researchers and passed NASA inspection.
August 1 2017
Curiosity and Climate Science ClimateX In a new video from ClimateX, MIT's Professor of Atmospheric Science Kerry Emanuel speaks about the origins of climate science and stresses the importance of climate science research, imploring talented students to get involved in what he considers to be an underpopulated field.