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October 16 2018
Can We Improve Monsoon Forecasts?
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Gualtiero Spiro Jaeger | Oceanus Magazine The ocean may be the key to better forecasting hard-to-predict monsoons, explains graduate student Gualtiero Spiro Jaeger.
October 12 2018
Studying the Hotbed of Horizontal Gene Transfers
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Fatima Husain | EAPS News Global Microbiome Conservancy’s preliminary results reveal new insights into human gut microbiomes and early climate.
October 12 2018
The 2018 PAOC Retreat: MIT Endicott House
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Kelsey Tsipis | MIT The 2018 PAOC retreat, hosted at the MIT Endicott House in Dedham, MA, gave students and faculty a chance to socialize and relax before the start of the semester.
October 10 2018
Journey to the Bottom of the Sea
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Chawalit Charoenpong | Oceanus Magazine Graduate student Chawalit Charoenpong writes about his first dive to the seafloor in search of ingredients that may have sparked life on Earth.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 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.