PAOC Spotlights

Off to that other Cambridge

John Taylor, who came to PAOC as an NSF funded Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellow, is moving to Cambridge University in the U.K. at the end of the month, to take up a faculty position ...

Meet Prof. Daniel Cziczo

PAOC is delighted to welcome new faculty member, atmospheric chemist, Professor Daniel James Cziczo (pronounced Cit-so). Prof. Cziczo comes to us from PNNL where he has been a Senior Scientist in the ...

Estimating Eddy Diffusivity in the Southern Ocean

Geostrophic eddies are a key mechanism for mixing tracers such as heat or carbon across the Southern Ocean but there is an ongoing debate as to the magnitude of eddy mixing in this region: Estimates b...

Women in Science Conference

Last Saturday, senior lecturer, Lodovica Illari, attended the annual Women in Science Conference at Algonquin Regional High School, Northborough, MA. During a day of motivational presentations an...

WCC@Haystack

On Friday, December 10th, the Weather and Climate Club sponsored a trip for undergraduate students to MIT’s Haystack Observatory in Westford, MA. There, the club received a presentation from...

Into the wild blue yonder...

On Friday, May 6th, the Weather and Climate Club sponored a trip for students to the Blue Hill Observatory, just south of Boston. The observatory boasts the oldest continuous weather record in North A...

The Ocean, Dust and a Really, Really Really Clean Lab

Originally from Peru, Gonzalo Carrasco joined Ed Boyle's Trace Metals Lab, just over a year ago. His main interests are the study of trace metals of biogeochemical importance, focusing on their concen...

Currently Following

With the planet as their classroom, this page provides links to recent blog activity by members of PAOC. Following the Ice: Is this Global Warming? - July, 2012From the mess tent, we can hear hug...

Jule Charney - His Life and Work

If you missed Joe Pedlosky's  January 2011 IAP presentation about the life and times of his advisor Jule Charney here is a recording of the event......

Ancient armor

In summer 2007, two geologists armed with rock hammers and a shotgun hiked through the Yukon, looking for fossils. For two weeks, Phoebe Cohen, now a postdoc here in PAOC, and Francis Macdonald, an as...

Wind, war and weathermen

Well into the 20th century, American weather forecasting was not a rigorous science, but an “art,” as a National Research Council report stated in 1918. Forecasters knew, among other things, that weat...

Meet PAOC's Class of 2011

'Tis the graduation season, and although doctoral students defend throughout the year, the Institute's annual Commencement exercices (held last week) bring many back to visit and formally receive thei...

Commencement 2011

It's June. MIT's grounds, already looking spotless thanks to the Insitute's 5 month long MIT 150 celebration and an army of grounds people, are just about perfect. The sun is shining in a clear blue s...

Understanding Climate - Boston Museum of Science

October 12th, 2009 - Boston Museum of Science Senior lecturer, Lodovica Illari, teamed up with co-weather-in-a-tank members Amit Tandon (UMass, Dartmouth) and Amala Mahadaven (BU) to present a selec...

From Trilobites to Extraterrestrials: Exploring Life on Earth and Beyond

October 17th, 2010 - Harvard Natural History MuseumPhoebe Cohen, a post-doctoral associate in Roger Summons Geobiology Lab and the Education and Outreach Coordinator for the MIT NASA Astrobiology Node...

Nautical Night at the MIT Museum

March 11th, 2011 - Nautical Night at the MIT Museum  PAOC staff (Lodovica Illari and John Marshall) and graduate students (Morgan O'Neill, Alli Wing and Mike Byrne) took part in Nautical Night ...

The View from the Top - A Field Trip for First and Second Graders

November 16, 2009 - Cambridge Public Schools "Weather Field Trip", Green Building, MIT A group of first and second graders from the Cambridge Public Schools visited MIT, as part of their study of we...

Telling Your Story

"Telling Your Story Workshop", February 9, 2011 - EPS, Harvard Several PAOC members participated in a "Telling Your Story" Workshop hosted by Phoebe Cohen and others. With the goal of promoting clas...

PAOC Under the Dome

April 30th, 2011 - MIT 150 "Under the Dome"/ Cambridge Science Festival To kick off this year's Cambridge Science Festival, Under the Dome, MIT was a day-long, campus-wide open house intended to sha...

Can we stay? They are demonstrating the Coriolis Force!

May 7th, 2011 - Science Carnival at the Cambridge Public Library/ Cambridge Science FestivalSenior lecturer Lodovica Illari, aided by grad. students Ryan Abernathey and Dan Chavas were among many loca...

PAOC weather forecasting team wins third place in the 2010-2011 WxChallenge

This year PAOC's weather forecasting team placed third in the national collegiate weather forecasting competition, WxChallenge, run by the University of Oklahoma. It was a very tough competition, as w...

Air Pollution Trends and Impacts

Assessing Transportation in the Context of Global Change:"It is a complicated matter mapping the movement of pollution in the atmosphere, but Noelle Eckley Selin models not just the chemistry of the a...

Senior Theses - 2011

Friday, May 13th, was the EAPS annual senior thesis presentation day. Of the eight Course 12 seniors participating, three, Anastasia Maheras, John (Vince) Agard and Todd Mooring, were advised by PAOC ...

2011 Rossby Prize

This year's Rossby Award goes to Brian Rose for his PhD thesis Oceanic control of the sea ice edge and multiple equilibria in the climate system. Brian studied climate dynamics in the Climate Program ...

On the Evolution of "Lovely Crinkly Bits"

When rain falls on sand, very little of it remains on the surface. Rather, most of the water is stored in pore-space as groundwater and only returns to the surface when it flows out of a spring. As gr...