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News and Outreach Events 2018
EAS Mourns the Passing of Colleague Dr. Larry Onesti
From the Bloomington Herald Times: In 1976, Larry Onesti joined the Indiana University Bloomington faculty, where he forged a distinguished career as a teacher and researcher, first as an Associate Professor of Geography and then as Professor of Geological Sciences in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (formerly Geology). Later in his IU career, he moved to the School of Continuing Studies, where he served as Associate Dean of Academic Programs and Principal of Indiana University High School. His IU career spanned 23 years.
There will be a celebration of Larry’s life at the Upland Brewery Banquet Hall on Sunday, July 22, from 1-6 p.m. More information and his obituary
The 2018 Science Fest Details
It's that time again! The 2018 Science Fest is in the works. Here are the details:
- Date: Saturday, October 28, 2018
- Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
- Admission: FREE
Department events will be located at the Owen Hall Pavilion and inside the Student Building. Events sponsored by our department will include:
- Drive the Mars rover
- Make your own earthquake
- See a tornado
- Watch a volcanic eruption
For more information about the IU Science Fest: https://scienceoutreach.indiana.edu/news-events/science-fest/
2018 Summer Science Institute
Indiana teachers get a hands-on look at environmental change at IU Summer Science Institute
Fron News at IU Bloomington: Science teachers from across Indiana recently traveled to the Indiana University Bloomington campus to attend a workshop on environmental change and its impact on communities. The event was a collaboration between WonderLab Museum of Science, Health and Technology and the Environmental Resilience Institute at IU, a part of IU’s Prepared for Environmental Change Grand Challenge. Read more about this institute.
X188/190 Volcanoes of the Eastern Sierra Nevadas
One of the students, Ellen Bergen, from the summer 2018 course made a video of her experience and set it to music. Take a look here: Video from 2018 X188 Volcanoes of the Eastern Sierra Nevadas
Students from Environmental and Energy Diplomacy Course Featured in IU News Article
From the IU Newsroom: Students advise U.S. Embassy in Malaysia on renewable energy. Students in an IU Bloomington class on finding ways to help Malaysia expand its use of renewable energy thought they might get a chance to present their findings to the U.S. ambassador to Malaysia. It turned out they got more than that.
The ambassador, Kamala Shirin Lakhdhir, invited embassy staff and high-level Malaysian government officials and business leaders for an end-of-semester video conference in which the students presented their work. The group in Malaysia then launched into detailed discussion of the findings and ideas.
The course, "Environmental and Energy Diplomacy," led by IU Professor of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Michael Hamburger, was part of the Diplomacy Lab project, in which the U.S. State Department collaborates with research universities to "course-source" projects related to foreign policy. Read more about the symposium.
Atmospheric Sciences Student Internships for Summer 2018
Students in the EAS Atmospheric Sciences programs are pursuing a variety of internships over the summer. These include:
- Zoe Mintz: KARE 11 in Minneapolis. Broadcasting for the Minnesota State Fair towards the end of August and beginning of September.
- John Hyndman: doing risk analysis for Weather Analytics
- Allie Downs: Climate Prediction research at College Park
- Sarah McCorkle: National Weather Center REU
- Seth Emerick: late stage negotiation to do forecasting work with Crane.
April 18 2018 Diplomacy Lab Symposium
Eight EAS students, who are taking part in the "Environmental & Energy Diplomacy" class that Michael Hamburger is teaching this spring, attended a Diplomacy Lab Symposium on April 18th on the Bloomington campus. Among the guests was the former Science Advisory to the Secretary of State, Dr. Vaughan Turekian.
IU Day EAS Meet & Greet
EAS was a hosting station for the IU Day Scavenger Hunt right here in our lobby. We served 50-60 students who stopped by to play the game, get swag and/or stamps, and learn about the diverse research in our department.
Outside on the lawn, EAS faculty and students were on hand to greet everyone who came to inquire about our course offerings, get some Earth-themed swag, and watch or participate in the 2nd competitive bean bag toss competition. Doug Edmonds, Brian Yanites, and students demonstrated a stream table and a couple of drones used in the study of geomorphology and sedimentary systems. Ed Herrmann demonstrated flint-knapping to make stone tools. And personnel from the Indiana Geological Water Survey showed off some impressive fossils to interested participants.
EAS was also an IU Day Scavenger Hunt station.
Important information about Course Name Changes
As our course titles are in transition from the GEOL department to the EAS department, our courses for Summer 2018 and Fall 2018 are listed under either EAS or GEOL on the Course Brower, depending upon which courses have gone through the course change approvals. Please check both places in order to enroll in Summer and Fall classes. The courses are listed here for your convenience.
Recent EAS Graduate Kevin Webster Collaborated on Methane Study
From the publication EOS: Some Caves Remove Methane from the Atmosphere, New Tests Reveal.
Isotopic signatures pinpoint the sinks and surprising sources of methane in widespread karst caves. Researchers suggest that this type of cave globally removes more methane than it produces. Read about this discovery here.
2018 Crossroads Conference
The Crossroads Planning Committee is excited to announce important information regarding this year’s conference!
Crossroads 2018 will be held March 23-24 (Friday-Saturday). This is a great opportunity for students to practice presentation skills through poster or oral presentations, share their research with peers, and receive meaningful feedback from career professional judges.
Friday March 23: Keynote Speakers,Student Oral and Poster Presentations, and Career Fair.
Saturday March 24: Awards Ceremony, Networking Social, and Panel Discussion with Industry Leaders
- Prizes for best oral and poster presentations
- Interact with industry leaders
- Participate in company panel discussions
- Keynote speakers from various fields
Judges are coming from a range of backgrounds, including oil and gas, environmental consulting, government organizations (including the Indiana Geological Survey, USGS, and the National Weather Service), and weather/atmospheric companies.
In addition to interacting with these professionals through presentation feedback, we are organizing two extra events:
- 1) A career panel (Saturday morning) where you can ask a panel of career professionals your burning career path questions!
- 2) A short career fair (Friday morning), where companies will set up tables where you can talk to professionals one on one and discuss their career and potential jobs at their company or in their specialty in general. This would be a good chance to polish your resumes and business cards, and get a better idea of what you can do with your degree!
We encourage all undergraduate and graduate students doing research to participate as presenters, and prizes will be awarded for best oral and poster presentations in PhD, Masters, and Bachelors degree categories.
Even if you don’t have something to present, we encourage everyone to come see what your peers are researching and to learn about the many career paths available to earth and atmospheric scientists!
Presentation Abstracts are due March 10, and updates on the conference can be found at our website: http://www.indiana.edu/~sgeweb1/
EAS Professor Chen Zhu Honored in AAAS Fellows Reception at IUB
A reception for new AAAS fellows was hosted by IU President Michael A. McRobbie on January 25th, 2018 in IU’s elegant Frangipani room. Amongst the catered delectables, friends and colleagues assembled to show their respect and admiration of L. Jean Camp, Matthew Hahn, Andrew Wiley, Chen Zhu, and Adam Zlotnick who were all newly awarded AAAS fellows.
Dr. Lisa Pratt Is Appointed NASA Planetary Protection Officer
From Frank Groen, Director of NASA Safety and Assurance Requirements Division: "Lisa most recently served as the Provost Professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and Associate Executive Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana University Bloomington. Her research has focused on understanding life’s adaptations to extreme environments on Earth and on working with engineers to solve robotic challenges associated with the search for evidence of past or present life on Mars and the icy moons of Jupiter and Saturn. Lisa’s biogeochemical research on microbial transformation of simple inorganic molecules has been funded for two decades by NASA and the National Science Foundation. She is a specialist on detection of metabolic pathways utilized by complex microbial communities in sulfide- and methane-based ecosystems.
From 2003 to 2008, she was director of a NASA Astrobiology Institute Team that investigated biosustaining energy and nutrient cycles in the deep subsurface of Earth and Mars. From 2011 to 2016, she co-directed field campaigns on the western margin of the Greenland ice sheet with Jeff White (School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IU Bloomington), recovering microbial biomass and methane under ice-free and ice-covered conditions in small lakes and then transporting samples back to Indiana where advanced stable-isotopic and genomic analytical methods were used for characterization. Pratt served as chair of NASA’s Mars Exploration Program Analysis Group from 2013 to 2016, and she is currently a member of the Return Sample Science Board for the Mars 2020 Rover mission, which aims to drill and cache strategically collected samples on Mars with the long-term goal of transporting samples back to Earth for investigation by scientists from around the world.
As a faculty member, she has published more than 100 peer-reviewed journal papers, largely in co-authorship with 12 postdoctoral fellows, 20 PhD students, and 14 MS students for whom she was the primary advisor over a period of 30 years at Indiana University. She has been a distinguished lecturer for the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, a visiting scholar for Phi Beta Kappa, and a recipient of multiple teaching awards.
Lisa has served twice as a member of the NASA Planetary Science Subcommittee, and she has served many times as a chair or member of competitive proposal reviews for NASA and the National Science Foundation. She holds a PhD in geology from Princeton University, an MS in geology from the University of North Carolina, and an MS in botany from the University of Illinois.
As NASA’s PPO, Lisa will be responsible for the leadership of NASA’s planetary protection capability, maintenance of planetary protection policies and oversight of their implementation by NASA’s space flight missions. She supports the Safety and Mission Assurance (SMA) Technical Authority and serves as a principal advisory resource for the Chief, SMA and other senior officials. She will be the Agency’s focal point for interactions with external organizations such as COSPAR and the National Academies on matters related to planetary protection. Her office will be located at NASA Headquarters." Deb Gaylan in the College of Arts + Sciences Office of Communications is the contact person for inquiries. | Read more, including an interview with Dr. Pratt in the IU Newsroom.
Grand Staircase, Home to Countless Dinosaur Fossils, Could Be Destroyed by Mining
(Op-Ed) By P. David Polly, President of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology | November 30, 2017
Quoting Live Science Magazine, "President Donald Trump is expected to make a big announcement in Utah this Monday (Dec. 4), where he will detail the government’s plan to shrink two of the state's national monuments: Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears, according to news sources." Read more about Grand Staircase Escalante and Bears Ears
Update to the SVP Lawsuit: In December 2017, the White House announced that it would reduce the boundaries of both monuments, thus removing literally hundreds of scientifically important paleo localities from the protection and the funding associated with monument status. The Society, along with partner organizations, has filed lawsuits to reverse this decision because of its impact on science. Read more about this lawsuit.