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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.
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.
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.
July 28 2017
Dara Entekhabi Awarded the 2018 David and Lucille Atlas Remote Sensing Prize Lauren Hinkel For scientific and technical leadership in providing remote sensing data and in their use to address basic questions in hydrological science.
June 14 2017
Monitoring and Mitigating Mercury Mark Dwortzan | MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change Amanda Giang PhD '17 models a pollutant’s pathways and helps decision makers craft more effective mitigation policies.
June 9 2017
Charting a Better Future for Africa Mark Dwortzan | MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change Applying models to help decision-makers advance food security and sustainable development in a climate-compromised continent
June 7 2017
Adapting Food Crops to Climate Change - Associate Professor Colette Heald MIT ClimateX In this video, Associate Professor Colette Heald discusses how we can increase global food production if climate change from air pollution is reducing our crop yields at the World Economic Forum.
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 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
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 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 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 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 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
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 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 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 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 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.